Would Taking on a Second Job Suit You?
In some parts of the world it is far from unusual for people to have two jobs. For example, in the US it is quite common to find people in all industries juggling a couple of different jobs at the same time.
It is an idea which has never been quite as popular in the UK but now is as good a time to think about it as ever. What would you need to do in order to do a second job and how (apart from the extra money) might it help you?
Think About the Hours
The first question to ask yourself is how you could find enough hours in the day to carry out a couple of different jobs. This might seem impossible at first but with a bit of planning most of us could do it. For example, if you already work from Monday to Friday then maybe you could take on a second role at the weekends. It goes without saying that by doing a second job you will lose some of your free time. This means that you need to work out whether the extra cash you could earn means more to you than the loss of the free time. It might be something you consider worth doing on a short term basis, even if you can’t imagine doing it permanently. For example, there are often seasonal opportunities in the run up to Christmas and this is a great time of year to have some extra money in your bank account.
Ask Your Boss
Some companies don’t like to see their employees taking a second job. This should be stated in your contract if it is the case but asking your boss will make the situation clear. Trying to hide a second job from your employer isn’t a great idea, as they are sure to find out sooner and later and you might lose your main employment because of this.
Work from Home?
A nice suggestion for many people these days is to make some money on the internet. This means that you can work the second job on a flexible basis and don’t lose even more time travelling to it. There are so many different ways to earn money online now that we can’t really cover them all here. What this means is that you would need to put some time and effort into checking out the types of work available and working out which one could be best for you.
Learn New Skills
If we move on to look at some of the benefits offered by taking a second job we can see that this can teach you new skills. If you have always worked in the same sort of job then doing something new can open up new horizons for you. For instance, if you work in an office and now get a second job in a bar or a shop then this will allow you to learn new skills which are almost certain to come in handy at some point in your life.
Don’t Put All Your Eggs in One Basket
The last point to think about here is that of spreading the risk of losing your job. These days there are very few positions which we could call jobs for life. This means that you could end up losing your employment at some point if you are unlucky. This is a simple fact of life these days but having a second job means that you have something to fall back on if this happens to you at any time.