How To Manage Multiple Jobs | Alyssa J Cori: How To Manage Multiple Jobs

August 22, 2018

How To Manage Multiple Jobs

As Becky Bloomwood's father tells us in Confessions of a Shopaholic, there are two ways to solve your debt problem, "you can Cut Back or Make More Money." While Becky decides she's a Make More Money person, I am firmly a Cut Back and Make More Money person. (As you can probably guess, there are few similarities between Becky and me, but I love this series of books and if you're looking for a quick fun read, I highly recommend it!).

Even if you don't have a debt problem, I think it's always good to be simultaneously cutting back and making more money. I've written extensively about saving money (check out posts here, here, here, here, here, here, and here), and today we're going to talk about making more money.
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In college I worked three jobs during the year (Residential Assistant, blogger, and digital design/intern for a sales training company (you may remember I ended up in Disney when traveling for this company!)) and two during the summers (blogger and intern or nanny). Being an RA was a great decision because for 3 years I did not have to pay for housing and got money towards my meal plan. My loans were far less than they could have been because I put in the work during the year.

Now that I'm working full time, I still keep up the blog and do work for the sales training company, allowing me to Make More Money. Truly, I don't make much from my blog. I don't do many partnerships and it's hard to find the few I do when I am a proud minimalist who encourages people not to spend their money (sort of a hard message for a brand to get behind who wants to sell products, I know). However, I do make some money and will count it as a job because it is something I work on every week.

No doubt it can be challenging to take on work outside of my primary job at IBM and motivate myself to continue working on the nights and weekends, but I love doing it and am proud when I've done a good job and my bank account is happy. After managing this for a while a now, I am excited to share my best tips for staying on top of multiple jobs.

As always, it comes back to the calendar. 

I've talked about my calendar many times, and how important it is for it to be digital and always with me, and this is the primary reason: keeping track of my jobs. I schedule all of my usual IBM work, plus add when I will work on projects for the sales training company, and have a standing date on Saturday mornings to write a blog post.

Once you know what you have to do, setting a hard date (and giving yourself a little more time than you think you'll need) is essential. Just like you would do with school assignments, assign deadlines before the deadlines to ensure nothing slips through the cracks.

Take on work that you enjoy

There is very little chance that I would be as dedicated as I am to my side jobs if I didn't love them so much. Trading your free time for other work isn't always easy, so if you can find jobs that you enjoy, it's a bonus. My mother is the queen of multiple jobs (teacher, medical records keeper, tutor, the list goes on) and she says that if you have a positive attitude and your work with a true heart, you will be a success.

Sleep and food become extra important

I am lucky that I am able to work remotely for all three of my jobs, but especially when you have to go to different locations, managing your sleep and food preparation will keep you on track. Getting your lunches together, forcing yourself to go to bed at a reasonable hour, and overall wellness is what will keep you performing well and avoid feelings of overwhelm.

Get support from the people around you

Having friends and family who understand that you are pushing the constraints of normal scheduling and who will rally around and support you is key. Whether it's helping with housework at home, or agreeing to hang out on a Saturday morning versus night, the people who love you will want to see you flourish and will be flexible. Clearly communicating what you need will prevent misunderstandings and keep all of your people in the loop. 

There you have it, my top tips for managing multiple jobs and being a Make More Money girl! It's not always glamorous or easy, but generating more money and investing in your future is something you will thank yourself for later.

What else would you add? What's your greatest challenge with working multiple jobs?


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