Is a Second Job in Order?
Sometimes a second job is just what's needed to help make ends meet, pay off debt or get you through some tough times. Frugal living helps, but sometimes it's just not enough to address especially challenging times. I don't think anyone enjoys working two jobs, but sometimes it's necessary.
I remember working my way through school. I worked as a security guard at night and went to school during the day. It wasn't an ideal situation, but it was what I had to do to work my way through school.
As a man told me years ago: "You do what you have to do, until you can do better." It's basic advice and it's true. I don't work nearly as hard today as I used to, simply because I don't have to anymore. I worked hard to put myself in a position where I don't have to work so hard, unless of course I choose to do so.
That's the basic idea of having another job. It allows you to "get ahead" to the point where someday you won't need that second job, especially if you take good care of the income from it.
Working another job is difficult if your primary job requires travel, overtime or double shifts. Unless you're a straight "nine to five-er," another job may be a bit difficult to swing. It's probably a good idea that both employers know about your other job, so they can anticipate and accommodate your need to get to or come from your other employment.
There are plenty of people that find themselves working two jobs as a regular part of their life. I don't recommend it, but sometimes that's exactly what you have to do. Either that, or let your single insufficient income dictate the nature of your lifestyle.
So, if you're looking for another job, you'll want to get busy preparing for a job interview, and possibly boning up on some interviewing tips.
You'll probably also need to know how to write a resume that stands out from the others, and learn some resume tips that can help you land another job. Here is an excellent discussion about how to differentiate yourself with your resume and during your job interview, it's called the portfolio approach, and and I think it's a super idea.
So, if you're ready to step up your frugal living and earn more money with a second job, then it's time to polish the resume and interviewing skills. Or, perhaps you should be looking at work from home opportunities.
The choice is all yours.
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