Swansea mum joins people across the country in taking second job to supplement income
A SWANSEA mum is among many people across the country who have taken a second job to supplement her income.
Ria Rees has started her own Avon business to earn extra income alongside her full-time career as an accountant.
The 27-year-old is the breadwinner of her family while her husband stays at home to look after their two year old daughter.
Ria lives near Ystradgynlais and said: "My husband and I moved to Swansea fairly recently, and as we didn't know very many people I thought Avon would be a really good starting point.
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"It is amazing how many friends I have made already.
"This is something very unique to Avon."
Mrs Rees said she had know about Avon for a long time and added: "I work nine to five and when I am at home I'm constantly on the look out for a new project.
"Christmas was coming up and I thought it would give me something extra to do with my time."
The accountant said her second job has allowed her to pay for treats she would not otherwise have been able to afford.
Mrs Rees said the economy is suffering as costs are rising but employers cannot afford to raise wages. She added: "I think the economy is still so unstable.
"It is going to take years for things to get better and stabilise.
"The only people who have got any security at the moment are people who are in niche markets."
Angela Tucker, Avon UK Sales Director, said: "Every year there is a significant increase in the number of people wanting to start their own business in the run-up to the festive season, as people look to cover the extra costs without having to give up the time they spend with their families.
"Avon has independent sales representatives in more than 100 countries globally, and when I speak to Representatives in the UK, they tell me about the huge demand over the festive holidays, which I'm sure is the same across the world."
The Office for National Statistics will this week reveal the number of people out of work and claiming Jobseeker's Allowance across the country.
Swansea University was also due to start a week of employability skills today including workshops from entrepreneurs who have founded multi-million pound companies and organisations.