Working a full time and part time job
Curious about working two jobs? The right side gig could help you make a little extra money without draining your energy.
Working two jobs to earn extra money or explore a different field doesn't have to be exhausting. Plenty of people have figured out the secret to working a part time job and a full time job.
Here are seven tips for landing a part time job when you’re already employed full time.
1. Make sure your employer won’t object
Before you start looking for a part-time job, check your employee handbook, says Marilyn Santiesteban, assistant director of career services at the Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M University. “Many organizations stipulate that employees cannot work for competitors or anyone in the same industry,” she says. “Look for any specific language about second jobs or conflicts of interest. Other organizations may prohibit second jobs entirely. So make sure you know the rules where you work.”
2. Keep them separated
If second jobs aren’t prohibited, you still want to keep your current job and potential second job separate, Santiesteban says. “You never want to use resources from your day job (such as the copier, your desk phone, office supplies or your time) for your second job. In the rare event that you need to make a call related to your second job, use your break time and your cell phone. This includes finding and applying for that second job, too. Keep phone calls and interviews limited to times when you are not working.”
3. Consider freelancing
Looking for second job ideas for full time workers? Look at what you already do for a living and try to leverage those skills, recommends Carl Forrest, co-founder of DataSetGo. “Freelancing is a low-risk, low barrier to entry way to start a side hustle that could eventually grow into a full-time practice,” he says. “Look at the demands in your local community and see how you can use your skills to bridge that gap.”
4. Watch your time
Working more than one job can be a drag on your time. Be sure to consider travel time and your at-home schedule when looking to add on another job. “Develop excellent time management skills,” Forrest says. “If you're going to juggle two jobs, you have to have a strictly defined schedule so that your side hustle doesn't interfere with your nine-to-five.”
5. Be flexible
Picking up a second job will likely mean that you may have to work nights, weekends and other odd hours. Kurt O. Tech is a senior credit underwriter who is a real estate salesperson on the side; his girlfriend is a kindergarten teacher who also works as a behavioral tutor for young autistic children. “Timing is everything,” he says. “Her hours are after regular school hours with a part-time schedule during the school year and increased during the summer months. I can show houses on weekends and use evenings to tour the neighborhoods and meet with clients who usually only have evenings open.”
6. Have a goal
Knowing why you’re taking another job will help put you on the path to get the right one. "If it’s solely about extra money, set a clear plan for your extra job and possibly a budget,” says Cecilia Bratt, founder of Conscious Careerist. “When time away from family or friends is at stake, working towards a clear goal is helpful.”
7. Consider work-from-home
Many part-time jobs can be done from home, Santiesteban says. “A big benefit is that you don't need to travel to another location, and you can probably work whatever hours you wish. If you're considering one of these jobs, make sure you know exactly what is expected of you and how you will be paid.”