6 Ways to Moonlight Effectively

[ 0 ] December 10, 2010 |

Vicki Salemi

Got Benjamins? As the holidays approach it’s no surprise you may want to earn some extra cash such as working a part-time retail job or participating in research market studies. Although earning additional money isn’t necessarily a bad thing, there are some pointers to keep in mind as you remain focused (or at least give the allusion that you’re focused) on your day job.

1. Watch your hours.

If you accept a part-time job at the Gap,  and need to work Saturdays as well as evenings right after work, it may become unmanageable. Focus on your energy – if you’re folding clothes versus ringing up sales, which one will get you more tired for the next day at work?

2. Be discreet.

Sure, you may be doing it for the money or store discounts (or both!) but when it comes to burning the midnight oil, try to keep mum about it at work. If your day job work begins to slide a little, you wouldn’t want everyone to attribute it to the second job.

3. Learn the policies.

Some companies have strict policies about working in a similar industry or for a client. You should look into this before pursuing any second job. You wouldn’t want to get fired because a supervisor discovered you were an accountant for them by day and simultaneously doing someone else’s bookkeeping at night.

3. Keep a discreet online profile as well.

Many of us are connected to our co-workers on Facebook and Twitter. Although you may love the fact that you took up a job as a nanny on weekends, there’s no need to broadcast it to your entire network, unless, of course, it’ll get you to your next career goal. Your employer probably still won’t be sold on the idea you’re fulfilling some goals outside of the office.

4. Group your errands and budget your personal time.

Your time will be a precious commodity. Micro-manage your personal calendar to be most effective.

5. Learn to say “no”.

You’ll need to choose your activities wisely. If your day job is hosting a holiday party, by all means go and say “no” to the moonlighting gig.  However, if you say “no” too much to the side gig, you may end up on the sidewalk. For the most part, you’ll need to cut back on socializing and personal pursuits due to the limited schedule.

6. Create a moonlighting persona.

Be authentic but revel in being multi-faceted.  Leave behind your day job when you’re at your second job. If the moonlighting gig somehow enhances your day job, then work it.  Have fun with the side gig … who knows, someday it may become your main dish!

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