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Is a Second Job a Good Idea For You?

There are many factors to consider when deciding whether or not you should get a second job. Commitment, balance and most importantly time are all factors that should be seriously considered before toying around with the prospect of getting a second job. Though it may be easier for a young, single person with no familial obligations to work multiple odd jobs, there are still downsides to take into account when thinking of taking on a second job.

– On a positive note, getting a second job can be the first step into a whole new career for you. Why not try something flexible and part time in a whole new arena? Who knows, you may find that you enjoy your second job and instead of seeing the extra working hours as a burden, you may enjoy yourself and begin your journey to a whole new career.

– On the downside, a second job requires some sacrifices, not the least being time. Time for yourself and time for others. If you have a family, this can mean less time with your children, partner, projects and errands around your home. Though a second job will alleviate some financial stresses, you need to consider if the additional stresses of being away from home is worth the sacrifice.

However, if your primary reason for taking on a second job is financial, then by all means go for it. I recommend this especially if you’re a brand new graduate with debt piled up and no immediate end in sight. It’s much easier to work multiple jobs in your mid-twenties when you’re young or single. Even if you have a family and are thinking of getting a second job, it’s definitely doable. Just make sure to discuss this change with your family first and make sure that you’ll still have time for anything that comes up in terms of familial obligations.

In short, if you are seriously considering getting a second job, just make sure to think of all the positives and negatives and make sure that neither outweigh each other. If your part-time job will affect your performance at your full-time job, then it’s probably not a good idea to shoot for a second means of employment. However, if you’re able to juggle both with no problem and still make time for family and leisure activities, then go for it. It’s all about priorities and what is important to you at the moment.

SOURCE: Money Under 30
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Stephanie Becerra

Stephanie Becerra is a Chicago native. She spent a couple of years working in social services before she realized that her passion was in writing. She is now writing full-time. When she has free time she enjoys reading and also listening to records on her dusty record player.