Tips for getting and keeping up with a second job

I will start this post with a realistic scenario from a friend of mine who has had two jobs in the last four years. In fact, the advice to get a second job and keep it are the conclusions drawn from this example. Let’s call this friend Lee James.


James’s first job in real estate was, to be more specific, he was (and still is) a field agent for a large real estate company in the city. Apparently, this job requires him to walk around the city and show his customers various characteristics, negotiate prices, persuade them to buy, conclude deals and take care of the selected papers. Having always been gifted with pencil and also received a degree in graphic design, he took his second job with manga magazine, as a graphic designer of characters.

His first job as a real estate agent is a full time job, 5 days a week, 9 hours per day, with a lunch break for an hour. In his second job, and as a graphic designer, working 6 hours per working day and 8 hours every Saturday. So, still free on Sunday to spend some quality time with his family.

When I asked him how he could keep the two jobs, he replied that he considered his second job a break for the first one. That working as a designer greatly comforts him and that he could not be happier with work other than that.

He obviously made a wise decision when he took the second job.

Based on this example, here are some tips for choosing and maintaining a second function.


1. Consider the risks, disadvantages and advantages of the second function. It is clear that the greatest danger in this case is severe fatigue, and the main disadvantage is the lack of time for other activities. The biggest advantage is additional funds. So, even before you choose a second job, you should ask yourself some questions. For example:

– Do you have enough time to spend with my family?
– Do you have enough time to sleep?
– How much pressure am I going to be under?
– What does that mean for my health?
– Is the extra money worth the effort and risks?

2. Think of a second job opposite to your main one. In other words, if you need office or stable work for your first job, your second job will require physical work, or activities that at least allow you to enjoy some fresh air. It’s good to look for a job with flexible working hours, a post is less psychological pressure. Jobs that usually meet this profile can be found in the food and hospitality industry.

3. Calculate how much extra money you need and calculate how many extra hours are required. You may not have to work full time for your second job to get the extra money you need.

4. During the interview for your second job, avoid mentioning that you already have a job, unless the interviewer specifically asks you to do so. Many people will not want to hire someone who has every opportunity to work only half of their capacity. And if you mention that you already have a job, your skills and experience in the second job may be better.

5. Plan everything, especially your hours of sleep. Since free time or bedtime becomes too expensive, scheduling any daily activity, even meals, is essential. It’s good to have a full schedule each week. And whatever you do, make sure you sleep at least 5 hours per night.

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