5 Tips for Working a Second Job

Moonlighting with a part-time job can bring in extra income and make your spare time more exciting. Follow these tips to make sure things stay manageable.

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Juggling priorities can be trying at the best of times. But it's even more so if you're one of the 90,000 Canadian workers who moonlights. Whether you work in a clothing store on Saturdays to payoff student loans or sing at a jazz bar during happy hour in the hopes of becoming the next Diana Krall, these expert tips can help make moonlighting easier for you.

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1. Diversify Your Work

Working two jobs in the same sector is a recipe for boredom and burnout, warns Montreal's Manual Francisci, president of jobWings Careers, which has 20 online job boards. So if you're in an office all day, get a part-time job outdoors. Or if you work with the public, try working alone.

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2. Go for Flexibility

Your second job should offer a schedule that can fit around you full-time hours. The food-service and hospitality industry, along with the retail sector, tend to offer flexibility and hire part-time managers. And security, administrative and call-centre work all allow for adjustable, part-time schedules, too.

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3. Make a Weekly Work Schedule

"This helps alleviate stress and avoid schedule conflicts," says Lisa M.S. Barrow, a healthy-workplace consultant and author. Free online programs like Google Calendar and Zoho Calendar offer an efficient and easy method of keeping your schedule manageable.

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4. Work to Live

Eat well, get enough sleep, exercise and pursue hobbies. Barrow also recommends sharing feelings and frustrations with loved ones. You'll likely have little free time, and, she says, "family members may begin to feel alienated. It's important to let them know, 'I still love you'."

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5. Think Short Term

Ideally, moonlighting is a temporary measure, so try to target an end to the extra job. "You don't want to become a slave to your work schedule," says Francisci. "Don't forget your main goal is to get a job you really enjoy."