Life Is Expensive: Should You Get a Second Job?

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Bills are expensive, and some people find that they need to work two jobs, or more, in order to make ends meet. Others consider a second job for other reasons, like extra disposable income or certain perks that come with a specific job type. Taking on multiple jobs has many benefits, the most obvious being the fact that you will make more money, but it can also create long work hours, extra stress, and take time away from important personal hobbies or activities.

Having multiple jobs can also make it difficult to find childcare for those who need it, especially for people who work extremely long hours or who work at night. Determining whether to take on a second job should be based on several factors. Getting a second job will increase your income, but it also could have a detrimental effect on your personal life or mental health.

The first question you should consider is whether you financially need a second job. If you can’t pay your bills based on just your current job, you may need to take on a second job regardless of other considerations. If money is tight and you want to have more disposable income, that is another reason you might consider looking for an additional job. Even if you don’t need the money to pay your bills, you may enjoy having more income that you can use for fun activities. Once you determine whether you need or just want more money, you should also consider other factors.

One reason that people take on a second job is for security. If you are concerned that you may not keep your current job for very long or you are wondering about the future of your career, you might want to take on a second job. Even if your part-time job isn’t in your field or doesn’t create much of a prospect for the future, you can at least fall back on it if you lose your main job and need income until you find another full-time job or job in your field.

Another benefit of a second job is that it can help you learn new skills that your current job doesn’t teach you. If you need to learn new computer skills and you can find a part-time job that will help you improve your skills, this can be a valuable way to set yourself up to combine your current experience and your new skills into an even better job in the future.

For some people, getting a second job is actually a way to blow off steam that builds up while working a traditional, full-time job. If your day job is stressful but your night or weekend job involves something you love, you can actually consider it a hobby that happens to help you earn money. The more your job feels like fun instead of work, the more likely you will be to stay there long term. You also might find that getting a second job unrelated to your primary job allows you to explore a new career path.

Getting a second job might allow you to benefit from extra perks that your full-time job doesn’t offer. If you like a particular clothing store or restaurant, consider working there for a few hours each week. You can make extra money and potentially get a big discount, too, all while bringing in extra income.

But before you head out to start applying for a second job, consider the potential negatives, as well. The most obvious issue that people with multiple jobs face is a lack of time — you need to determine if you really want to work more often and have less time for hobbies, friends, and family. Also, your main employer may not appreciate the fact that you are taking on a second job, especially if it leaves you tired and affects your job performance.

If you work too many hours, you may also find that your stress levels go up, and that could lead to being sick more often. If you have to miss multiple days because you are sick, then you might face income loss at your primary job. Even if you can manage both jobs without becoming too stressed or sick, you might eventually find that you just get burned out.

Determining whether to get a second job can be difficult. There are many benefits to having a second job, including the ability to network in a new place, make more money, and potentially enjoy new job perks. However, if you work too many hours or have incredibly stressful jobs, you face the chance that you will be exhausted, sick, and unhappy. Be sure to weigh all the pros and cons before you make your decision.

If you do decide to work two or more jobs, take steps to make sure you can handle them: determine how much extra money you want to make and how many hours you need to work, make sure you keep some downtime for yourself, and remember to factor in how your second job might affect your taxes.

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