Friday, November 8, 2019
Should You Get a Second Job
Should You Get a Second Job Not making enough to support your lifestyle? Need a little extra in the bank, or for your retirement account (itÃ¢â¬â¢s never too early!)? Here are 7 issues to weigh when asking yourself if you shouldÃ consider taking a second job. 1. Your Money SituationAre you drowning in debt from a big expense? Anticipating one soon? Or do you need a second job because your primary career isnÃ¢â¬â¢t paying you enough to live? If itÃ¢â¬â¢s the first thing, proceed. If itÃ¢â¬â¢s the second, think about changing jobs instead and shifting into something more lucrative. Otherwise, when contemplating a second job itÃ¢â¬â¢s best to make yourself a timeline of how long youÃ¢â¬â¢ll work that job to get yourself on more secure footing. Have an exit strategy in mind.2. Your Current Job SecurityIf youÃ¢â¬â¢re worried about your job security at your current job, now may be an ideal time to take on a second. YouÃ¢â¬â¢ll hedge your bets a bit. Just in case anything goes south at your first job , youÃ¢â¬â¢ll have a back up plan at least part-time to get you through.3. The Possible PerksSecond jobs can be chosen to benefit you. For example, if you love clothes or makeup or even furniture, a second job in retail can give you access to deep discounts on the stuff you buy the most. ThatÃ¢â¬â¢s two ways you end up richer. Alternatively, you could find a second job in your industry that can increase your skill set and marketability in the long run of your career.4. The Chance to LearnIf youÃ¢â¬â¢re contemplating a career or job change down the line, this is a great opportunity to get your feet wet and gain a little experience in another industry. A second job is like a paid internship, giving you a chance to explore your options without any serious commitment.5.Ã The Realities of Your ScheduleReally budget out your time and schedule- not just your paychecks and your bills. Do you have the time and physical stamina to work two jobs? If youÃ¢â¬â¢re up for it, but wary, m ake sure to give yourself an exit date and to consider erring on the side of shorter hours in your second job. ThereÃ¢â¬â¢ll be no use for extra cash if youÃ¢â¬â¢re too physically and emotionally exhausted to live your life.6.Ã Your Current Job and Its DemandsDonÃ¢â¬â¢t take a second job only to lose your first because you diluted yourself and eased up on your standard of work. Make sure that you donÃ¢â¬â¢t dip in time or energy to compromise what you are already doing.7.Ã Your Basic PrioritiesThe last thing you need to do is prioritize your life. Would you rather have the time to socialize with friends or to spend with your family or on a hobby- and perhaps draw your financial belt a little tighter? Or is the money your biggest, most dire need? Once you figure out whatÃ¢â¬â¢s most important, the decision should (almost) make itself.