I found this interesting article a few weeks ago…and thought it applied well to our conversation. I’ll highlight some main points.
- A second job can be a good way to make a little bit of “extra” money. I think, if you can work a second job to help you save or pay above and beyond on your debt, that is the way to go. If you have to depend on your second job to buy groceries, it might be time to consider looking for a higher paying job.
- Find flexibility. This is especially important for ministers. My second job right now is very flexible. If I need to go to a hospital or funeral or out of town for a conference, it is very easy to do so. They understand where I am at…and that’s invaluable. It would be tough to serve two masters.
- Communicate well with your church. I have posted my “office hours” for my congregation in the weekly bulletin. My office hours change from week to week, and the church appreciates knowing when I will be available in the office. Talk with your elders or leaders; make sure they understand your situation and are on-board. If they aren’t, work out a solution.
- Here is a quote from the end of the article:
“Problems may arise if the extra hours you put in at the side job interfere with your main job. Say, you’re too tired to do your day job well because you were waiting tables until 1 a.m. the night before. Or you have to miss an important company retreat because you have other obligations. ‘While the extra pay is useful, the extra work does begin to wear you down physically and mentally,’ warns Randall Hansen, founder of QuintCareers.com, a career-development Web site.”
This is true. I have struggled with it. The physical and mental (and don’t forget spiritual) strain that you can feel from working two jobs can take its toll. Seek and find and maintain balance. This is not a warning to not work two jobs; as has been mentioned, it can be an amazing blessing. But, it is a call for balance.