(Nov 20): When Alycia Lim has time to spare from her work as content manager for a public relations agency, she crochets small toys out of yarn, indulging in her passion for the Japanese art of amigurumi. What started out as a hobby has become a little business, with Lim selling stuffed animals, bags and purses on craft site Etsy under the name JellyBeanGirl Crafts.
“When I posted my work on social media, people started to ask if I took orders. So, I decided to begin taking commissions. My first order actually came from the US, for two golden retrievers,” says Lim. “Since then, I’ve made mini dolls and bunnies, as well as an amigurumi version of a girl and her dog. I also jumped on the Pokémon craze when it was big and had orders from people who were patient enough to wait up to six months for my crocheted pieces.”
Lim joins a growing pool of side hustlers — those who have a second job or business. The most popular forms of employment include driving for a ride-hailing company and selling things online, but they really vary as widely as people’s passions.