GEORGE TOWN: For many years, Simon Lai had been making a dwelling as a hairstylist.
However this modified when the Covid-19 pandemic hit final 12 months.
As a result of restrictions and numerous phases of the motion management order, the whole hairdressing trade took a beating.
With time to spare, Lai, 45, found a new-found curiosity – portray and sharpening autos.
He has been utilizing his new abilities to earn a dwelling since Might this 12 months.
“That is an curiosity which has since changed into a aspect gig for me.
“Initially, I picked up portray as a interest, and I by no means imagined it might earn me some extra cash,” he stated when met at his home in Tanjung Tokong yesterday.
“Up to now, I’ve carried out over 10 sharpening jobs.
“I cost my clients in accordance with the automobile sort and dimension,” he stated.
Lai stated he learnt methods to paint gadgets and autos from social media.
Apart from portray, he additionally picked up waxing, sharpening and refurbishing abilities.
He then began portray and sharpening his personal autos.
“I started experimenting by portray and sharpening my very own automotive, my bikes, some helmets and my son’s bicycle,” Lai stated.
“Surprisingly, I did okay regardless of just a few errors through the first few makes an attempt.”
His work quickly bought observed after he began importing footage of his completed merchandise on Fb.
“This drew the eye of my pals who launched their pals who wished minor repairs in addition to paint and sharpening jobs completed,” he stated.
Though his newfound curiosity is rewarding, Lai stated he was nonetheless operating his hairdressing enterprise as common.
“I nonetheless take pleasure in working as a hairstylist. With no staff, I solely journey to my salon in Gelugor for appointments.
“At different instances, my salon will probably be closed and I will probably be exhausting at work on this new-found ardour,” he stated.