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Is Working a Second Job Right For You?

April 3rd, 2008 . by 21st Century Dad
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Many people have worked two jobs to help make ends meet. Mike at From Mike.com contemplated it for a while. My buddy Joe currently works two jobs. It’s a popular ingredient in many triumph over adversity stories. Sometimes it’s a necessity, but let’s explore possible alternatives.

Let’s talk about Joe first. He has a beautiful baby girl that he doesn’t get to see as often as he should. He works two jobs and has an insane commute to both of them. I admire his fortitude, but it must put a big strain on him and his family. His wife works full time and cares for their toddler too.

Joe works about 20 hours a week at his 2nd job, which is about 50 miles from his home. His main job is about 30 miles away. That’s a lot of time in the car each day.

He justifies it by saying it’s another $12,000 a year. Okay, you’ve got me there Joe. I’d love to have $1000 more each month, but at what cost?

Alternatives

When I studied computer programming, I had one teacher that would never give a grade of 100% on an assignment if it was a computer program. He reasoned that you can always write the program better. I’ve always believed that all processes are subject to improvement. Income generation is definitely worthy of putting under this microscope. I don’t want Joe’s life, and Joe probably doesn’t want it either.

Spend Less Money – Frugal Dad takes this approach. Spend less and you’ll have more money. His blog serves up real advice that really works toward that end. Cut out unnecessary spending, and hundreds of dollars appear in your bank account every month! The much vilified daily latte is only the beginning. You can then use that money to pay down your credit card debt you racked up trying to keep up with consumerism!

Look for Work-at-Home Opportunities – Guys like Bob at Operation Bob chronicle such money making opportunities for the work-at-home-parent. If you’re already blogging, consider monetizing it. When you enter the blogosphere, there are literally hundreds of “make money online” offers out there. I’m skeptical of most, but Bob continues to expose the ones that are worthwhile.

Build Multiple Small Streams of IncomeSteve Pavlina advocates this in his article and podcast, 10 Reasons You Should Never Get a Job. One thing he talks about is cultivating multiple streams of income. If one dries up, it’s not a big deal. You can shift your energy to another one and make up the slack. If you get fired from your job, you’re screwed (at least temporarily). Your one and only source of income is suddenly shut off.

Leverage One Of Your Hobbies – I already mentioned blogging. You can participate in Google AdSense and hope to convert clicks. Do you enjoy photography and own a DSLR? Become a contributing photographer on one or more stock photography sites.

Creating My Multiple Streams

I just recently started a full-time job. A large chunk of my time is traded away for money. I’m still adjusting to this schedule and slowly implementing some time management tactics. Last night, it was already 10pm before I sat down at the computer.

As an avid photographer, I am exploring the stock photography route. I made a half-hearted attempt last year, but it’s time to revisit and beef up the portfolio. I also need to start marketing myself as a freelance photographer too.

This blog is picking up momentum, despite my abbreviated posting schedule. I employ contextual advertising, affiliate promotions, and I ask for donations. Turning in my 2-week’s notice is just a matter of building traffic now.

Why am I doing this? The extra money would really help out. 🙂 A part time job with set hours will take me away from my family longer than I need to be. It’s a lot of time to trade away for only a few precious dollars. It costs money to go to work. Joe spends a good portion of his earnings on gas. There is little to no potential for that job to be intellectually stimulating.

The initiatives I have in place are scalable, can eventually replace and exceed my job income, and can be done on my own time. My chosen activities are things I enjoy too. It’s bad enough to be working for someone else for 40 hours a week. A part time job would still pay more than my current efforts, but my earnings here are only a matter of devoting some more time and waiting for seeds to sprout.

Daddy Needs a Job

February 21st, 2008 . by 21st Century Dad

The best job in the whole world is work-at-home-dad.

I’ve never loved a job so much. I get to spend even more time with my truest of true loves – my 6-month old baby girl. How many work-at-home-dads wish they could be doing something else?

I’m looking for a job. The blogosphere and our other home based business ventures are insanely fun, but I want some consistent cash flow.

It’s great to stay close to the village, gathering nuts, berries, and leaves alongside my wife and children. We’ve planted the seeds in our garden, but we’re not ready for the harvest. In the mean time, I need to venture into the jungle and hunt for some meat to supplement our diets. I have sharpened my spear and I am ready.

What Can You Do?

That’s always the first question people ask. It’s not an easy one to answer. My work experience covers a wide variety of industries, working for companies both large and small I’m a jack-of-all-trades and a master of some.

  • I host, maintain, and write content for this blog. WordPress is an easy-to-use blogging platform, but it does require some technical know-how behind the scenes.
  • This WordPress theme is largely in its original state, but I have made some modifications to it.
  • Are you a master of the obvious? So am I! I love to write.

Not only do you get a writer, we’ll give you a graphic designer too!

But wait! There’s more! If you call within the next 10 minutes, we’ll throw in an administrative assistant! It’s yours to keep, even if you decide to return the blogger and the graphic designer.

It’s all yours for 12 easy installments of $3,995 per month!

Don’t delay! Operators are standing by!

You get all this and more:

  • A natural born leader who leads by example.
  • Top-notch verbal communication skills.
  • High level of proficiency in written communication.
  • Ability to select the most effective and appropriate method of communication for each circumstance.
  • Extremely organized with a high level of attention to detail.
  • 9 years of experience using Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook.
  • An advanced user of the Adobe Creative Suite (Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Acrobat)

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What You Can Do

Now that you know what I’m capable of, put your ear to the ground and let me know of available opportunities. If you’re an employer, consider that I have run my own business. I have a greater awareness of the needs of business owners, employees, and customers.

  • I have a baby at home. Jobs requiring extensive travel or hazardous conditions are out of the question.
  • A good work-life balance is imperative. I perform my best when I’m allowed to have a life.

The Future of 21st Century Dad

What does this mean for the blog? I will likely post on a more relaxed schedule. I don’t know what my days will be like, but this blog has built up some momentum. I’d hate to let my fun (and yours) end.

I’m not the first parent to work two jobs. However, the secondary source of income will need to be on my own terms and my own time. Ideally, every source of income is also a source of enjoyment. Look for the official launch of my freelance photography business soon.

With two work-at-home parents, we rely on multiple streams of income. I’m looking to add one in the form of a full-time job.

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