Posted on: May 20th, 2020

There are many different reasons why someone may have two jobs. Maybe you want to gain experience and skills in another field. Maybe you are starting your own business. Or maybe you just want to save up some extra money. Regardless of the reason, taking on a second job can shift your life a little bit. 

Working multiple jobs is actually quite common amongst most people. However, those early mornings, late nights, and extra responsibilities may make it hard to find a balance. Between fulfilling your commitments to your jobs and maintaining your sanity, you may find your life turns into chaos. 

Have no worries! We are here to help you stay calm, cool, and collected while maintaining two jobs. Here are five helpful tips on how to do it.

Plan Ahead

When you are juggling two jobs, you may start to notice that other parts of your life start to suffer. Those household chores and homemade meals may start to take a backseat in your life. That is why it is so important to plan ahead and create a schedule that allows you to keep these types of things efficient in your life. 

A good way to keep your life organized is to use a planner or your phone to keep track of your to-do list. By using one, you’ll have a good visual of your work week and you’ll be able to plug in other tasks and errands into any open time slots you have available. This will really help with keeping your personal life and work-life from overlapping. 

When you have a good handle on your time, you will be able to work more efficiently and add in quality time with friends and loved ones. Having your schedule laid out in front of you can become very beneficial when trying to squeeze in daily tasks like cooking and exercising.

Choose The Right Second Job

The additional cash flow may be a nice touch, but if you choose the wrong second job you may find it more troubling than it’s worth. When you start to consider adding a second job to your plate, think carefully about what kind of job you are willing to commit to. What is it you are hoping to gain from the second job? Consider the following when you start the job hunt:

  • Monetary Gain: Many people will take an additional job because of monetary concerns. If this is your reason, try monetizing your current skills as your second job. Are you a teacher? Try offering private tutoring lessons on the side. Are you a dancer? Try teaching a dance class. If you emphasize your current skills, odds are you will earn much more than if you start a job you have no experience in. 
  • Skills: If you are trying to gain experience and skills in a new career field, make sure you choose a second job that is going to fulfill them. If you get a second job that holds the skills you are wishing to gain, you may be surprised by the new opportunities that pop-up. 
  • Distance: If you are a busy mom or someone who enjoys quality time at home, you may want to look for a second job somewhere near your home. That way you can save on costly commutes and can spend a few extra minutes on the couch rather than in the car.

Don’t Compromise Your First Job

When you are searching for a second job, you want to make sure that it does not interfere or have any conflicting issues with your first job. This may even mean informing your boss or manager of your second job. You also want to make sure your second job does not poorly impact your first one. The last thing you need to do is get a second job and then watch the quality of your first job drop. 

A lot of companies can have policies about having second jobs or have requirements for them. They may even have stipulations regarding the type of the second job you are allowed to take. That’s why talking to your boss or manager is always a good idea. They may even be a helpful resource with your search. 

Save Your Money 

If you got a second job for monetary reasons, there is a good chance there’s a specific reason for that. Don’t waste your hard-earned money on small shoppings sprees or manicures. Instead, put that money away and save it. Save it up for that financial goal you’ve been working towards. Or save it up for that car you’ve had your eye on. Maybe pay off a student loan you’ve been chipping away at for years. Having a bigger goal in mind will help make your second job that much worth it.

While it might be fun to splurge on fun trips and merchandise, applying the cash from your second job to a bigger goal will make a bigger impact. Monitoring how you spend your money will be a big challenge, but it will help you save for your future.

Dress To Impress…TWO

Depending on your job, you may be experiencing two different dress codes once you start your second one. Odds are if you get a second job at a grocery store, a coffee shop, or something similar, you may have a uniform you will be required to wear.

If your first job has a business professional dress code and your second job doesn’t, you will need to make note of that when you head to work in the morning. When out clothes shopping, try to find some pieces that you can wear to both jobs. Like black pants or shoes. You may also want to consider things like bringing your second set of work clothes to your first job so you don’t have to waste time running home to change. 

Keep That End Goal In Mind

At the end of the day, you are probably not working multiple jobs or 100 more hours just for fun. You may get a second job to pay off student loans, buy a new vehicle, or even transition into a new career field. However, it will still get overwhelming at times. 

So, when you get caught up in the chaos and stress of your multiple jobs, remember to keep your end goal in mind. And remember, it is, in fact, an end goal, so you will not be working this many jobs forever.