Chinese game developer leaves job to sell street food, now earns double his salaryJuly 24, 2013 8 Email article | Print article
A video game programmer in Shenzen, China has left his day job programming video games to sell street food. The result? He doubled his salary.
According to Kotaku, the man left his job due to health issues:
“The work hours of a programmer are long and arduous, sometimes we have to work overtime, though there was a lot of joy when we finished Yuan Zheng Online. When we are finished with work, we often go out to unwind, visiting karaoke parlors or playing basketball. Unfortunately my body was unable to withstand it all and I had to quit.”
It turns out it was actually a good idea. After regaining his health, the man found himself a girlfriend that taught him how to make “shaobing,” a cheap but reportedly delicious flatbread that comes with a variety of fillings.
After working on the recipe together, they put their street food stand and are now earning $3,259 a month. An amount that is apparently double what he earned working long hours as a programmer. The man says that they’ve already earned enough for an apartment and are hoping to get married next year.