What To Do When You Need A Second Job?
Living in these modern times can be overwhelming as most of us strive for professional success and a happy family life. Achieving work-life balance is not easy and in cases when people need to find additional sources of income, it may seem impossible. According to a survey by Indeed from January 2016, a third of 3000 candidates moonlight in addition to their regular jobs. Reasons are different – some do it to escape the rut and mundane jobs, some to help make ends meet and pay off loans, and others see it as an opportunity to start their own business and do something they actually enjoy.
Planning and preparation
First of all, you need to sit down and think about how much extra time you have to devote to this second job and if you have what it takes for it. For starters, eliminate those jobs that require significant training, ask for a lot of equipment that you may not have, or require you to live in a specific area to pull them off (like gathering certain plants).
Once you’ve got these issues covered, you’ll have two options to consider: you can either go out and get a second job or find an easy and practical way to make money online. The choice is completely up to you.
Grow a garden
Growing a garden can be a very enjoyable and profitable hobby. If you are an outdoorsy type, it’ll be wonderful to spend time tending to a plot of soil, seeing the plants grow and finally, picking the fruit of your labour. How will this bring you money? Firstly, save the seeds so you don’t have to buy them next year. Secondly, you can eat your produce thus saving money on shopping. And thirdly, sell them – put a stall in front of your house or take them to a farmers’ market or local grocers.
Sell homemade products
At many local markets, people go beyond just selling fruit and vegetables. You can often find all sorts of homemade products such as homemade bread and pastries, preserves, jams or jellies. If you are more creative, you can make homemade soaps, cleaning products, cosmetics or remedies. With good presentation and some charisma, you’ll have no problem selling any of that stuff. However, there’s one thing to be careful about – you need to check the rules of your local market regarding what you can make yourself and what you are allowed to sell.
Run errands for people
A lot of people are super busy these days and simply cannot manage to do every little thing by themselves. You may even find someone like this in your own neighbourhood. That’s where you jump in – picking up someone’s dry-cleaning, walking their dogs, going grocery shopping for them etc. Essentially, you set the price and decide when you get paid – daily or weekly.
Become a freelancer
If, on the other hand, you are looking for a second job that will allow you to make money from the comfort of your own home, there’s the virtual world of internet options. Freelance work covers many areas – writing, graphic or web design, video editing, photography, computer programming and digital marketing are just some of them. There are many websites, such as Upwork, Guru or Remote, where you can create your profile page and bid for various jobs. It will take some time and patience to get established, but lucrative opportunities will come.
There are tons of opportunities available to tutor online in different subjects – maths, science, languages etc. The pay varies depending on the site and the subject matter, and some jobs require certain certifications or degrees. But on the plus side, all you’ll need is a computer with a webcam, good internet connection and you can do it from the comfort of your own living room!
Start a blog or a YouTube channel
If you are passionate about something, if it really excites you and you love doing it – those are the things that can make a great blog. Once you start and pick a topic that is informative and fun, in order to make money, put some ads on the site and affiliate links to Amazon. Furthermore, if you are more of a visual type and like discussing important matters, record yourself and post it on You Tube. Also, you need to enable ads and in time, with growing audience and followers, money will trickle in.
The good news is that there are a lot of ways to make money in addition to your full-time job, but the key is in following: finding a balance so you don’t end up stretching yourself thin even more and playing it safe. Be cautious and beware of scams. If something sounds too good to be true, it usually is. Think things through and give yourself time as you venture into new opportunities.