Should I work a second job? (or just mylot)

@SomeCowgirl (32271)
United States
January 3, 2010 8:42pm CST
I have in the past, that is worked two jobs. I know how tiring it can be but I also know how worth it it can be as well. If I to work a second job I would only be available for said job on the weekends or at night after getting off work at my first job. Let me explain more, the job I work at now as soon as my client (who is family) passes away I will be terminated from my employment and made to apply again if I want to work for the same company. I am not yet sure that I would want to do that or not. Well of course there could be warning that the family member will pass, but then again there may not be. I know this all sounds morbid (I love the family member I sit with naturally), and I hate to talk about it like this, but I feel concerned as well for income. If I were to work a weekend job I could work at said job and when my family member passes, though it will be sad, I will also have a job to fall back on so that my husband and I won't suffer when it comes to income. Of course I can always just come home and mylot as much as I can and save as much as I can, but my husband and I are just starting out and could really use the extra money that we'd be getting with me working two jobs as opposed to working one and mylotting. Let me also say that I would only apply at one place, and if I didn't get hired then I would not worry about searching for another job at this time. The job I work at now is full time, but the work is not strenous and as such I have plenty of time to rest. Of course I also realize that if I work two jobs it'd be best if we acted like I just had the one, and let the second income be for savings so that in the future if that saved money is needed we could use it. Of course if I make the same exact amount at the part time job that I am at the full time job it wouldn't make much difference when the transition of working only one would happen. Of course if I get pregnant before the family member dies I would most likely asked to be moved if the job was strenous, or I would quit the job and go with the full time job instead. Ahh, so after catching a breath, please tell me your view points.
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@dpk262006 (56115)
• Delhi, India
4 Jan 10
Hi SCG! You see it all depends upon you, you can best understand your needs and circumstances and you can calculate on all 'ifs' and 'buts'. If you have capacity and keen desire to earn, you may go for the second job, or at least you can give it a try and if after taking up your second job, you feel that you are getting too much pressurised or it is getting strainous, you may quite the second job. All the best to you.
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@SomeCowgirl (32271)
• United States
5 Jan 10
If I were to get a second job I would need to stick with it. I've had two jobs at the same time and I think I stuck with it quite well. The fact that I quit the one was only because I didn't feel I had time to have fun, and I think also it may have worn me out. Though now that I've sense worked at a job that seemed like two, but was really only one with long hours, I am sure I could do if I only put my mind to it. The fact also that the job I have now is not strenous is in my favor, and though I may have to relinquish some fun time, I can easily just stick it out knowing that it is beneficial. I still need to decide though, and I've made a pros and cons list, I just need to go back over it. Thanks DPK!
@dpk262006 (56115)
• Delhi, India
5 Jan 10
If you have stamina and determination and past experience to stuck to two jobs, you may go ahead.
@dpk262006 (56115)
• Delhi, India
5 Jan 10
If you have stamina and determination and past experience to stuck to two jobs, you may go ahead.
@maezee (31573)
• United States
4 Jan 10
Ahh, I think your plan is brilliant. Yes. I actually did a similar thing..Well, not really. But I picked up a 2nd part time job because I wanted to eventually quit the first one..Now I have both and I'm just waiting for the right time. And my 2nd job is a "fall-back" one. OK, so it's not really a similar situation at all, but still. My aunt was a care-taker for this woman for a while who passed away about a year ago spontaneously, and because my aunt was employed by her family, she was obviously let go because they didn't need her anymore to take care of Nancy (who passed away). Then, she was left to apply elsewhere and scramble to find a source of income - which wasn't a good situation to be left in, obviously. I think getting a 2nd part time job and developing a savings is always a good idea, whether you have these specific concerns or not. Having a "back up" plan is always good; because emergencies happen and sometimes we need that cushion to fall back on. I'm not sure how many jobs require workers on the weekend and during the evening, except for retail...Which doesn't pay all that well, but they're constantly hiring. Or a job like UPS, which also has night-time hours and are also constantly hiring new people (although - it's HARD WORK!). Your logic makes sense to me, I'd say go for it. You might as well put yourself in a better situation. And about the "Just myLotting" thing? You have to figure the mathematics here. If you myLot for an hour a day, or on the weekends or whenever you can, you're still only talking at most $20-$30 a month, which translates into about four hours of working. Imagine if you got that extra part time job, you'd most likely be working MUCH more than 4 hours per month. I would say go for the 2nd job. Anyway, good luck to you! And it's not morbid to be realistic. Things happen, people pass away. It's good of you to look into the future and try to put yourself in a better position.
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@SomeCowgirl (32271)
• United States
4 Jan 10
I am seriously considering it. I've had two jobs at the same time before, not sure that I mentioned that in my discussion. In any case, I talked to my husband and had him read my discussion and your response. He thinks that it's a good idea that I go for a second job, and he thinks that you make some good points, I'd have to agree. Mylotting would only make me so much whereas working a second job would make me more and I could get more for my efforts, you know? Also saving for emergencies or rainy days, even just for a vacation so it wouldn't hurt the purse so much. In any case, the job I'd be applying for would be a job at Wal*mart, my husband works there, and there are workers there who have partners or spouses working there as well, so that wouldn't be a problem. I'd probably apply for door greeter, or something like that, maybe fitting room, but I wouldn't want to be a cashier again. You work several jobs, do you still find time to just have fun? I'd be concerned with that somewhat, but to be honest I hardly have fun even with just one job and I'm fine with that!
@maezee (31573)
• United States
4 Jan 10
So you even have a job lined up? That's super cool. All the more reason, right? I work about 50 hours a week in total, sometimes a little more with my two part-time jobs. My hours at the older job, the dry cleaners, are stable - I get 25 hours a week. Whereas the other job, at Macy's (as a "merchandiser") is a minimum of 10 hours a week but up to 40 depending on how business goes. *rolls eyes*. When they decide to put me on for 40 hours (and I'm working 65 hours total a week..) I barely have time to sleep. But if you get a position that doesn't put you in a position to be on call some days, you should be fine! You could always try working perhaps 10 hours at Wal-Mart a week and then upping your availability if it works out for you and you feel you can take on more. You definitely don't want to miss out on having fun! (What would life be without it?) Personally I try to take sundays off so that I always have some time to get some r&r and stay sane. One day a week is good enough for me, though (I don't know about you). But good luck with whatever you decide to do!
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@SomeCowgirl (32271)
• United States
5 Jan 10
Well lined up in that I have an idea, but I haven't applied or called. I wouldn't go through my husband, I mean of course I'd let others know that he is my husband so it wouldn't be like I was lying. I'd work just weekends most likely, and you get paid double on sunday's, so it'd be like I was working double the time I actually was, and hey if I happened to need to stay longer that would be fine too because that'd be more money. I'm still thinking of the pros and cons, I've told hubby I may wait to apply for a little while longer, I'm psyching myself up for it but I want to be sure this is something I want to do. I know the reality is that even if hubby is working the same day I am, and at the same hours, I may not be able to see him or have lunch with him... But If I have two jobs we can save up enough for things we need and want, and possibly get things we want and also need at the same time (a want that is also a need) and get those things faster... Hmm... Well I'm considering everyone's opinions here too.
@thea09 (18324)
• Greece
4 Jan 10
Hi Amber, as your first job isn't strenous then I'd say go for it and look for a second job then you won't have a transitional gap if and when something happens with your first job. Obviously a real job will bring you in a better income than mylot and boost your savings now which is what you want, especially is there is the possiblity of a little Cowgirl appearing in the next couple of years. I'd say it sounds like an emminently sensible plan my dear.
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@SomeCowgirl (32271)
• United States
5 Jan 10
I am hoping that the second job would allow for more savings and thus when the first job is terminated, as I am aware it will eventually be, the transition won't be so harsh if husband and I are found to be paying many bills, or If we are expecting. Upon hiring, I filled out a piece of paper that said I understood that because I was sitting with family, employment would be terminated but that did not mean I could not reapply. In fact, I could, but of course it would be with a stranger most likely...
@JenInTN (27565)
• United States
4 Jan 10
A second job can be really rough but if you feel it would benefit you in the future then I say go for it. There is nothing wrong with being prepared. As a matter of fact it is vital that you are. Is your hubby ok with the idea of it?
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@SomeCowgirl (32271)
• United States
5 Jan 10
Yes he is alright with it. The place I'd be applying at is the place he works at. I know some places don't allow people to work together, but where he works does. Wal*mart, and he says that their's one guy whose wife works there as well, and another whose girlfriend works there as well... His job I am almost certain they would not me hire to do, as he's a cart pusher.
@dianmelydia (2272)
• Indonesia
4 Jan 10
I think of course you can boosting your earning by doing more than one job. But the problem is you must be able to manage your time wisely so all of your jobs can be handled with good. Actually i think it would be better for you to have more than one job, especially part time job, so you can manage your income by maximizing your skills on each job. Mylot is a good online earning option but sometimes you would feel like boring to commenting on other's posts. So, by having more than one job, you can switching your job when you feel that you are on the boring mode of one job. I myself also doing more than one job, both are fixed job and part time job. I have my fixed job and when i have break time i will doing my part time job. My part time job also not only one job. I'm a teacher on my part time job and i also doing online job for my part time job such as mylotting. I think your plan is a good plan so just do it for your own good. Good luck for you and have a nice day. Happy mylotting.
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@tav_8164 (151)
• United States
5 Jan 10
I think that with the economy the way it presently is, if you can secure a second job then more power to you. I haven't been on mylot very much and haven't gotten to my minimum payout yet. So I couldn't really say how beneficial it would be. I guess it just depends on how much time you can devote and how fast you type. Good luck in whatever decision you make.
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@SomeCowgirl (32271)
• United States
5 Jan 10
Oh yes with the economy the way it is if I can get a second job it would definitely be worth it. I'm fairly confident I could land the second job, but that may be over cockiness really. Mylot you can make a few bucks a month, maybe enough for a fast food meal, but that's about it. If I had to make the transition from working a full time job, back to just mylotting I think it'd be pretty harsh, especially if like I said hubby and I have our own place and car, which we are working towards now. I'd hate to leave hubby with being the only one with a job for any amount of time, so even if I couldn't get more hours at first, I'd atleast be working and making more then I would just mylotting. I have workaholics in my family.
@nijolechu (1845)
• Canada
5 Jan 10
I think it would be best to have the second job because these PTP sites don't really pay all that much. You would be better off being paid at a second job then putting all your efforts onto Mylot. Because with all that extra money you would be able to find another job after the first one is terminated.
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@SomeCowgirl (32271)
• United States
5 Jan 10
Well once the first job is terminated, I would just go the second part time job and ask for more hours, though I doubt they'd give me full time, if we save more money from my part time job, even with the loss of hours it would be made up for. I hope that made sense, lol!
@bounce58 (17524)
• Canada
4 Jan 10
I'd say go for it! I know that you're just starting out and I think any addition to the finances will be a good welcome. If not to add to the nest you're building with your hubby; it'll be a good savings for when you have kids in the future. Kids can be expensive, and it'll be nice to have something stashed. I don't have a 2nd job, but if I didn't have kids, I would look for one. I'm sure a second job won't be as stressful as having to raise children!
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@SomeCowgirl (32271)
• United States
5 Jan 10
In addition, like I said once I got pregnant I'd with the less strenous job and quit the other, or if nothing else work until I could go on maternity leave. I'm not sure, I've only talked to hubby and told mylot about it, but haven't talked to anyone else about it. I made a pros an cons list, am still debating over it.
@cher913 (25893)
• Canada
4 Jan 10
well i work one job outside of the house plus i do mylot and i have my own craft business so i am pretty busy but i like my life and hate having to sit still!
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@SomeCowgirl (32271)
• United States
5 Jan 10
So your a busy body but not so much a workaholic, you like to keep busy but do things you like as well! Hope your craft business is still going well, with the economy the way it is though, you would think people wouldn't be shopping... they still are like mad though.
@sweetlady10 (3620)
• United States
4 Jan 10
I think I can understand what you are talking about. Personally I think as long as you are happy with your life and work it is fine to take second job. But if you feel like you are overwhelmed or exhausted, then you should do whatever you are comfortable with. I know how important money is, but sometime peace of mind is little more important than money. If you don't have a option then its a totally different story.
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@SomeCowgirl (32271)
• United States
5 Jan 10
I think a second job would make me happier as I could contribute more and we could save and get things faster. Also, like I said in the discussion, if I have a job already I won't have to worry about searching for one and the stress of that if my husband and I have so many bills to pay but I am terminated from my other job... As I explained, I will be once said family passes, and would need to apply again if I want to work for the same company.
@denagary (88)
• United States
4 Jan 10
Please don't waste you life away working. It is a sad time nowadays that people must slave at work for many hours just to buy things they don't need. If you need food and shelter then by all means work 2 jobs. But what are you working for? to buy a fancy new TV or to buy the 10th pair of designer blue jeans? Just be careful not to work so much you don't have time for family or hobbies or a life.
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@SomeCowgirl (32271)
• United States
5 Jan 10
The money would be for savings, and for spending on bills and groceries, as well as for vacations. It would be also for wants, but the extra money would help for other things then just wants. We could get to our goals faster, and as I mentioned before because of the circumstances of my employment now, I would be terminated upon the passing of my client / family member... Thus if I have another job already I can go in and ask for more hours...
@dianmelydia (2272)
• Indonesia
4 Jan 10
I think of course you can boosting your earning by doing more than one job. But the problem is you must be able to manage your time wisely so all of your jobs can be handled with good. Actually i think it would be better for you to have more than one job, especially part time job, so you can manage your income by maximizing your skills on each job. Mylot is a good online earning option but sometimes you would feel like boring to commenting on other's posts. So, by having more than one job, you can switching your job when you feel that you are on the boring mode of one job. I myself also doing more than one job, both are fixed job and part time job. I have my fixed job and when i have break time i will doing my part time job. My part time job also not only one job. I'm a teacher on my part time job and i also doing online job for my part time job such as mylotting. I think your plan is a good plan so just do it for your own good. Good luck for you and have a nice day. Happy mylotting.
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@SomeCowgirl (32271)
• United States
5 Jan 10
If the second job was not an online one it would offline, I am leaning more towards offline and in that sense I would not have much time at home, I'd be more at work. I am not sure whether I really want to do this, but I am leaning towards yes as the extra money would be beneficial, and as I've said before the transition for when the full time job is terminated would be easier, that is to say, I wouldn't need to worry about no money at all.