How to Find a Second Job That Won’t Kill You

guy going home late after his second job

Maybe you’re struggling to make ends meet each month, or maybe you’re looking for a way to fund holiday spending, or maybe you hate your current job and are looking to change careers. Working a second job is not uncommon, especially for this generation. In fact, recently Forbes reported that more than one-third of millennials have more than one source of earned income. Whatever your reason for adding more hours to the work week, there are a few things that you should consider so you can find a second job that won’t kill you.

How much time do you have? (Realistically)

Be honest with yourself. If your current job is 40+ hours a week, you’re already spending weekends at the office and feel half-dead by Friday, you may not need a second job…you may need a different job altogether! Budget your time. Know your availability before overcommitting to a second job whose hours set you up for failure. Applying to work at the mall a few nights a week or to deliver pizzas on the weekends will be more time-consuming than choosing online freelancing that allows you to determine your own schedule each week. Be mindful that even though this is your second job, it might be someone else’s only job. Be dependable.

What’s your objective?

Make a list of attributes of your ideal position. Aside from money, there are several reasons that a second job can actually make your life more fulfilling. If your current position limits activity (maybe you are stuck at a desk all day long), then choosing to teach a dance class, coach a soccer team, or wait tables can keep your health from taking a hit.

If you work solo, choose a position that allows you to interact with others.

Customizing a second position to add quality to your life, rather than zapping energy and leaving you depleted is key to longevity.

Do what you love.

Confucius once said “Choose a job that you love and you will never have to work a day in your life.” Clearly, Confucius didn’t understand today’s job market economy. This lofty bit of advice may have been too idealistic when you were hired for your primary gig. The bills started piling up, desperation set in and now you are punching a time clock in workplace hell. It happens.

Find a Second Job, Pursue Your Passion

The good news? With a second job, you have more freedom to go after your passion. Don’t settle, especially if you feel like you sold out in a current position. While a second job provides additional income, it doesn’t have to be a headache. Consider your hobbies and personality when you begin searching for job #2. Love reading? Maybe working at the library or a bookstore would feel like home to you. Do you dream of becoming an artist? Then a gallery or museum may feel more like a privilege than a paycheck. A history buff might enjoy giving local tours, while animal lovers may enjoy pet sitting or working at their local zoo. The best job searches include research, networking with others in your desired field, and preparation. Look for positions that align with your interests and taking on more work won’t seem like so much of a chore.

And hey, you may just find that taking on an additional job can be a rewarding experience. A second job doesn’t have to make life miserable, and it could even be the catalyst that leads to a new career.

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