Many recent grads are finding out their entry-level salaries aren’t quite paying the bills. Often, young professionals opt to take on a second, part-time job while they establish themselves in the professional workforce.
Although it can be intimidating to take on extra work when you’re just starting out, it can also be financially beneficial—and that goes for workers of any age. What it really comes down to is excellent time management skills.
Here are four tips for balancing a full-time job with a part-time gig:
1. Know what you can handle. When choosing a part-time job, make sure you’re applying to places that mesh well with your full-time job. For instance, if your full-time job requires you to be on your feet all day or travel a lot, apply for part-time gigs at places with flexible work schedules. This way, you can make sure your professional career stays at the top of your priority list. You don’t want to wear yourself out at a side gig, so be selective and choose wisely.
2. Set a schedule. Map out your weekly or monthly schedule to ensure you give both positions the time and attention they deserve. Don’t wear yourself too thin—make sure to give yourself adequate time to rest and complete all of your work. Use a service like Google calendar to keep organized.
3. Utilize your mobile device. Although many think the iPhone and Blackberry are ruining our personal communication, these devices are actually quite helpful for managing a tight schedule. Using your mobile device more frequently can help you to free up time normally spent at your company computer. Be sure to check it during lunch or commutes to ramp up productivity.
4. Request a condensed schedule. This may depend on the nature of your work, or your employer’s personal policies and flexibility, but offer to add a few extra hours four days a week to free up extra time for other projects. If you’ve been showing your boss you consistently deliver good work and meet deadlines, he/she may even allow you to complete some of your projects from home.
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