If you are struggling to make ends meet with your current job, you might want to consider a side job to earn a few extra bucks.
One interesting source of side income is maintaining your own blog on the internet. It could be on almost any topic of your liking, but it’s best to pick topics of current affairs. If it becomes successful and gets a decent amount of visitors, you could easily make anywhere between $100 and $300 a month.
Even if you are financially stable, but want to switch your career in to a new field, it is advisable to do a second job in that field without leaving your current one. This gives you a chance to test new waters while also providing you with additional financial support.
Here is a list of things you should consider before you jump in to a second job:
Strike a Balance
Be aware of your priorities. You should be clear about what you like doing, and what timings are suitable for you to work. In a lot of cases, freelancing is a good option for a secondary career, as opposed to an “x” number of hours per day commitment.
You need to strike a balance between you work preferences and the financial returns that you gain from it. Also, if you are going to use up all your extra income in traveling to and from work, it becomes a pointless exercise. Try and ensure that your second job is located conveniently.
Don’t Break the Rules
Many companies have policies that forbid their employees from working in a second job. Be sure to read through your employment contract and all the company policies beforehand. Also, by way of common sense, avoid working for directly competing firms or your company’s clients, and during your primary job’s working hours.
If you are unsure whether a particular company qualifies as “competition”, clarify it with your employer. It is always advisable to inform your employers regarding your second job, just to ensure that there are no issues in the future. This may also result in your current employer giving you added responsibilities along with an additional pay. Employers are not always aware of the hunger to work within their employees, and keep their workload generic. But if you show them your willingness to work extra, it may generate additional income for you.
Don’t Overdo It
At no point should the secondary job take away your time from the main job, directly or indirectly. A common observation is that due to the exhaustion of a second job, people’s attention towards the primary job starts to decline. Be aware that the extra work will wear you down, both physically and mentally. Consider this issue carefully, and do not take on too much at a time.