At a time when prices seem to be rising faster than your monthly income, you might want to think about a second job. Not only can a second job bring in some useful extra cash to your household, the additional experience looks good on your CV and might even lead to a total change in career.
The type of work you look for will depend on how flexible you can be around your main job and what family commitments you have to honour.
Here’s how to find that all-important opening.
If you have an idea for a small business project, this could be an ideal time to start it. You have the advantage of a steady income to pay your bills while you work to build up and develop your own business until one day you can be your own boss.
Finding a second job
Second jobs fall into three basic categories: part-time work, small business and freelance. If you opt for part-time work, what you do will depend on how close to your other workplace or to your home the opportunity is. Often, you can apply online for second jobs, although you’ll probably have to attend the actual business premises for an interview.
Depending on your skillset, there are some jobs that you can do from home – freelance writing, blogging and completing surveys are a few ideas. Tread carefully though as there are many scams out there waiting to trap the unwary. Always search for ‘reviews’ of online vacancies and incorporate the word ‘scam’ into your search to get a true picture of the job.
If you don’t have big family commitments, it may be possible to have a second part-time job during the evenings or at weekends. Again, the type of work you apply for will depend on your skillset. Perhaps you could work at a leisure club running evening fitness classes or waiting-on in a restaurant at weekends. If you have good academic qualifications, you might like to offer private tuition a few evenings a week in your specialist subject for students preparing for exams.
Job search engines
Begin your search by using a job search engine website. Try entering keywords like ‘work-from-home,’ ‘telecommute,’ ‘part-time,’ ‘evening’ or ‘freelance’ and the like. If you are looking for online work, you won’t need to search by location, but you will to make sure that the employer is happy for you to work remotely. Some freelance vacancies ask that you attend the company’s offices regularly, so you’ll need to factor this in when deciding what to apply for.
Job search engines allow you to enter multiple job search parameters including geographical location, salary, hours and type of industry. This makes it quick and easy to filter your search so that you home in on exactly what you want rather than having to spend ages sifting through lists of inappropriate vacancies.
If you’re looking for a part-time position in a restaurant, shop or hotel, good old-fashioned legwork can be effective. Run off copies of your basic CV and visit as many likely businesses as you can to ask if they have any suitable vacancies. Make sure you’re upbeat and professional and only visit at quiet times when the hiring manager will have time to talk to you.
Many small businesses prefer to hire part-time staff who come recommended by people they know. Ask friends, family and even neighbours if they know of anyone who might be looking for help, and don’t forget to use social networking sites, too.
If you have a skill that could be of use to local businesses, which allows you to work from home, try putting together a basic website and reaching out to firms that might be interested. Useful freelance skills include copywriting, proofreading, blogging, website design and digital marketing.
With a little thought and organization, it’s quite possible to have a second job. If you can work at something you enjoy, it can actually make the extra effort good fun as well as profitable.