Working Two Jobs

United States
August 23, 2007 7:36pm CST
I have recently begun to ponder taking on a second job. It will only be part-time taking orders for a local company. Because I have Friday off, I could work the entire day. Many people would give their eye teeth to have every Friday off, but I need the money. Have you ever worked more than one job? Did it stress you out?
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@worldwise1 (14887)
• United States
24 Aug 07
No, Elusive, I have never worked more than one job, but I'm sure you will do what you think is best. I would hate to see you stretch yourself too thin, however. Promise me that if you do decide to do this, you will give it up if it proves too much for you. All my best.
• United States
24 Aug 07
I will only work a few nights a week including Friday. We are really strapped for money right now. It seems that there isn't enough to pay all of the bills and have a little left over for fun.
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• China
24 Aug 07
I just get a job recently, and also, I need some extra money too. so, if it is possible, I'd like to get a part-time job too. Hope everything goes well.
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• China
24 Aug 07
I just get a job recently, and also, I need some extra money too. so, if it is possible, I'd like to get a part-time job too. Hope everything goes well.
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@dvschic (1796)
• United States
24 Aug 07
i work two jobs and have for about 8 years... its a lot most of the time and u tend to feel stressed out when the holidays arrive and that type of things, but for the most part i enjoy the money and make it work for me, people dont understand that i enjoy being on the move constantly and need something to do, or i just end up shopping!! so the extra money also keeps me busy, are you a high energy person? if you are lazy (which u probably aren't) then it'll be fine...
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• United States
24 Aug 07
The job I am contemplating is only seasonal work through the holidays. If we are going to keep our heads above water, one of us needs to get a second job. Because I have more skills than my husband, it will be me to do this.
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@dvschic (1796)
• United States
24 Aug 07
ya, then definately do it, my second job is only on the weekend, which is cool, its about 6 to 9 hours and sometimes i'd kill not to have to work and sometimes its great, when i'm broke and can add a shift really quick, there is nothing better! good luck and get some no-doz
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@melanie652 (2525)
• United States
24 Aug 07
I worked 2 jobs in my late teens. It was stressful and I had no time for anything. All I did was work, work, work. I was living on my own and needed the money to support myself and pay the bills, but I sure got tired of working all the time. Sometimes you do what you have to do to get by?
@GardenGerty (104102)
• United States
24 Aug 07
I am working two jobs. I have my school district job, which pays 100% of my insurance for 10 months of the year, and takes out enough to cover the other two months in little bits. It has a retirement option as well. It just is not year round, and has lots of days off for meetings. My second job started out at about 12 hours a week. Due to staffing shortages, and life in general I am averaging about 30 hours a week, sometimes covering two spots. I am tired. I seldom have time for the computer anymore, and my house is filthy. Hubby just changed jobs and gets home earlier, and that helps. If the job can keep from taking over your life, having two jobs is easier than having massive debts.
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@dvschic (1796)
• United States
24 Aug 07
i work two jobs and have for about 8 years... its a lot most of the time and u tend to feel stressed out when the holidays arrive and that type of things, but for the most part i enjoy the money and make it work for me, people dont understand that i enjoy being on the move constantly and need something to do, or i just end up shopping!! so the extra money also keeps me busy, are you a high energy person? if you are lazy (which u probably aren't) then it'll be fine...
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@cutepenguin (6457)
• Canada
24 Aug 07
I have worked more than one job before - it was busy, but neither job was very stressful, so it was okay. I managed all right, but I had very little social life. I'm thinking about taking another job right now.
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@3lilangels (4639)
• United States
26 Aug 07
i know the feeling,i feel like i have a million jobs.besides all the house chores and cooking,and dealing with 3 young babies everyday,i also do hair.which is like 4 days out of the week.its very tiring and very stressful,but every penny helps.and with 3 young ones you definately can use the extra money for diapers,milk etc. im so tired every day but its well worth it,and it makes me happy knowing i can achieve all of this in one days time,because really their isn't enough time in a day.mommy time,whats that?lol thats not in my vocabulary at the time,but hopefully will be soon.i can wish lol.
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@Feona1962 (7527)
• United States
24 Aug 07
I have never had two jobs. It would be alright if the new one doesn't over lap your other job. When I did In Home Care, they preferred I didn't have another job..
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• Canada
24 Aug 07
I have never worked more then one job at a time and believe if I had to work two jobs , that I would be extremely stressed out . I was so stressed on my last job with just working part time and trying to be there for the children that in the end I had to give up the job . I think it is great that you would want to work more then one job and if you think this is something you would like to do then I think you should do it .
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@jennybianca (12914)
• Australia
24 Aug 07
No, I haven't ever worked more than one job. When I was teaching fulltime, it just wasn't possible, what with night time meetinghs & confrences, etc. My brother used to have to do two jobs. He was a full time prison officer, & took a night time job being a security guard. He found it very tiring. Good Luck taking on a second job.
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@suspenseful (40316)
• Canada
24 Aug 07
I never worked more than one job at a time. I even had a hard time keeping the job I had, having the bad luck of having a skill that thousands of girls in my city had at the time. Stenos and secretaries were a dime a dozen and I was not that good, if you consider the pay I received. Years after I married, I worked as a telemarketer, but that was so low paying, that I had to be on it all day to make anything and yes that one job really stressed me out. I got so nervous that I imagined everyone I met was someone I had phoned and they were out to get me.
@thefortunes (2368)
• Netherlands
24 Aug 07
Hi Elusive, No I haven't tried having a 2nd job while i was working I did only one, and it felt already too much for me...LOL But I understand that you need the extra cash and right away, so if you're determined - try it out and see if it works for you. Youhave always the possibility to quit it if not, which I will do if it asks too much of you. Wishing you all the best and that soon you will not need a 2nd job and all will be fine for you :)
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@Zelmarq (11503)
• Cebu City, Philippines
24 Aug 07
I cant find for another job since I have different rest days or day off in a week. If given the opportunity I would want to take a nother job for extra income.
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• Malaysia
20 Oct 07
wow i'm always impressed with people who have more than 1 job. where do you get the time and energy? i'd love to work part-time during the weekends, but i just don't have the time (excuses, excuses). mostly it's because i'm too lazy and weekends are the only time that i can get time to myself and catch up with things that i don't get to do on weekdays. i work full-time, monday to friday 8am-5pm+ and that just drains my energy away! do you have two jobs now?
@williamjisir (22903)
• China
20 Oct 07
I once had a part-time job besides my real job. I think that it is very stressful to me as I need to spend my spare time for the work and I also need enough time for the preparation of my real job. I am so glad that I finished my part-time job without having to do it one more time.
@gabs8513 (48715)
• United Kingdom
25 Aug 07
Yes when my Children where little I had to have 2 Jobs as my Ex Husband liked his Social Life So I needed to earn to buy Clothes for the Kids and Food It was not easy as I working 4 hours in the Morning and another 3 hours at Night and of course the Afternoon was spent with Children and keeping house while Dad was out having a good time most of the Time He used to blame the Army but even when he finished with the Army it was worse so I had to take 2 Jobs again until I managed to take a Full time Job
• United States
25 Aug 07
I've worked as many as 3 jobs at one time but it was in my much younger days (20's) and it was short lived. The money is great but you have to determine what you're giving up. If you have no life then having money is kind of worthless. If it's for a short term deal, like paying off a particular bill, etc., then it can be worth it but it does wear one's body down quick!
• United States
25 Aug 07
I worked 2 jobs for a year. Full time Monday to Friday as an Exec secretary then Saturday 3pm to 11pm and Sundays 7am to 3pm as a motel desk clerk and it didn't stress me out but boy was I tired. Sometimes when things get tight money-wise you just have to bite the bullet!
@KrisNY (7591)
• United States
25 Aug 07
Never- I would imagine it would stress me out- You don’t have every weekend off either do you? So when would you have time off?? I think working too much is not a good thing- Are you working full time with the other job? How about your husband- how many jobs or what source of income does he have?? I hope you don’t have to take a 2nd job.
@venshida (4837)
• United States
24 Aug 07
I have worked two jobs off and on. It can be tiring. I worked for the state once got off at 4:30 and start my other job at 5:00 got off at 10:00 Monday to Friday on the weekends I work about 10 hours. If I need the money I would do it, but just for a little while. I think after about a couple of months you would get burn out.