For many Americans, getting a second job is now the norm instead of the exception. Many even work three jobs! More than 17% of Americans presently work more than one job and that number is fast increasing.
With incomes stagnating and the cost of living going up, many families need that extra pay check to make ends meet. Most people who moonlight cite financial need as the reason for doing so.
If you must work a second job, these tips can help you get the best out of that situation.
No, I don’t mean long term on a part-time job. But you can use a part-time job to test the waters about a new career or a business. For example, if you’re thinking of opening your own restaurant some day, a wait person part-time gig at the local restaurant may give you insight into that line of business … and the tips may help pay some bills.
Plus, it could be excellent place to make contacts and get the word out that you’re looking to upgrade your employment status. Doing a good job at wherever you’re working will get you noticed.
Opportunity for Self-Examination
Looking for a second job may be an opportunity for self-examination. What are you good at? What are your talents, hobbies, likes and dislikes? If you’re musical, search for a job in the music field such as a music store.
If art is your forte, you could sell some of your work or do graphic art part time for any business for their advertising. Computer geeks can always find work repairing computers or teaching others how to use them. Teaching others whatever talent you have can lead to a lucrative second income.
If, after examining yourself and your talents, you discover you have little or none, educate yourself. Take some night courses at a local community college or tech school. Online colleges are booming, providing education and certification in every field of study. Take advantage of them.
Offer to intern at a job you’re interested in. It may pay little or nothing but it also could lead to at least a part time job.
Retail sales offer wonderful opportunities for a second job because of their flexible hours.
Most regular employees don’t want to work nights or weekends. This would probably be perfect for you and your day job. You meet people in all walks of life in the retail world and one of those could be looking for the right person to work for them. Good people skills go a long way in any type of occupation.
Of course, you should understand your need for a second job and don’t over commit. Make sure your extended hours are okay with your family, spouse or significant other.
Working two jobs will cut into your leisure and time with others; so talk it over with your friends and yourself.
Find a job that suits your interests if possible and that’s fun and relaxing. Also, it’s best if the second job is close to your first or your home to save on gas and time. Check with your primary employer to make sure working another job does not violate your company’s policies.
Getting a second job has many benefits. You’ll not only earn extra money but also enhance your resume and make new friends and contacts.