Making Extra Cash…Get a Second Job for the Short Term

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by Gilly Brewster
(Kansas City, USA)

Working two jobs is quickly becoming the norm instead of the exception. Many people even work three jobs. More than 17% of Americans presently work more than one job and that number is increasing yearly. With the spiraling costs of fuel and food it’s getting harder and harder to make ends meet on one income.

Many jobs are yours for the taking but may not suit your tastes. Jobsat fast food restaurants are easy to come by but most are filled by teenagers who are only there for the short term. Unless you’re planning to ultimately get into restaurant management fast food jobsare typically not for the long term but could fill the bill in the interim.

Working as a wait person however can yield some nice tips especially at an upscale restaurant. Plus, it’s an excellent place to make contacts and get the word out that you’re looking to upgrade your employment status. Doing a good job at wherever you’re working will get you noticed.

Examine yourself. What are you good at? What are your talents, hobbies, likes and dislikes? If you’re musical, search for a job in the music field such as a music store. If art is your forte, you could sell some of your work or do graphic art part time for any business for their advertising. Computer geeks can always find work repairing computers or teaching others how to use them. Teaching others whatever talent you have can lead to a lucrative second income.

If, after examining yourself and your talents, you discover you have little or none, educate yourself. Take some night courses at a local community college or tech school. Mail order courses, if you’re discriminating, can be a good source of useful knowledge. Offer to intern at a job you’re interested in. It may pay little or nothing but it also could lead to at least a part time job.

Retail sales offer wonderful opportunities for a second job because of their flexible hours. Most regular employees don’t want to work nights or weekends. This would probably be perfect for you and your day job. You meet people in all walks of life in the retail world and one of those could be looking for the right person to work for them. Good people skills go a long way in any type of occupation.

Don’t sit idle while you’re job hunting. Prepare yourself for the future. Set goals. If you’ve placed several applications and haven’t heard from them, check back in a few days to show your interest. Be polite and apologize for bothering them. After all, they could become your future employer.

Understand your need for a second job and don’t over commit. Make sure your extended hours are okay with your family, spouse or significant other. Working two jobs will cut into your leisure and time with others; so talk it over with your friends and yourself.

Find a job that suits your interests if possible and that’s fun and relaxing. Also, it’s best if the second job is close to your first or your home to save on gas. Check with your primary employer to make sure working another job fits your company’s policies. Getting a second job has many benefits. You’ll not only earn extra money but also enhance your resume and make countless new friends and contacts.

Updated: December 9, 2013 — 5:02 am

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