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Saturday, July 17, 2004

(Small businesses) 5-day workweek, weekend sajangnim

Haven't seen much like this in Hankyoreh before, but this one is actually from the pages of the Economy 21 weekly: "The era of five-day work week and early retirement: what about becoming a weekend businesskeeper". (How come the English headline become so long?)
One example is Mr Yi (40), a company employee, who started a side business after his company implemented 5-day workweek. He spends 3-4 hours daily after company hours for his own "fragrance machine" (hyanggi punsan'gi) business, returning home after 10 in the evening. All Saturdays he spends visiting customers. Mr Yi has some 200 fragrance machines in 80 places, from which he makes 2-3 million a month on top of his company salary.
I guess his children are happy that their father has the whole Sunday for them, and his wife is happy for all the money the husband brings home. (But what do I know about the actual situation of the family; perhaps making such a good money is a chance that that they can't afford to miss.)

The Korean word for this is t'ujapsû (투잡스), "two jobs".

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