Working Two Remote Jobs at the Same Time—Can It Work?

Many individuals have made ends meet or achieved brief or medium-term monetary objectives by working a full-time job alongside a part-time place or by working a number of part-time gigs at one time. Nonetheless, working two full-time jobs concurrently (additionally known as being over-employed) and the 2 paychecks that include it’s gaining recognition because the pandemic and the rise in working from dwelling.

There may be a number of advantages, together with an elevated wage, a possible selection between well being advantages, life insurance coverage, retirement plans and the flexibility to take again a number of the energy from firms that haven’t been very loyal to employees over the previous many years. Working two full-time positions may look like a good suggestion, particularly you probably have the time to commit to each roles, nevertheless it’s not one thing to undertake calmly, and you should be good about the way you go about it. 

Take heed to this week’s episode of the wealthy & REGULAR podcast and proceed studying for issues to pay attention to should you resolve so as to add to your work life with one other full-time place. 

Why work two jobs?

Many people have gotten used to full-time employment plus a aspect hustle or part-time job to assist pay the payments, repay debt or save for an enormous purpose, like shopping for a home or retiring early. It’s not essentially one thing we love to do, nevertheless it’s often socially acceptable. The concept of getting two full-time jobs, alternatively, virtually appears taboo or such as you’re gaming the system. That’s beginning to change because the pandemic has redefined work and the roles persons are prepared to tackle.

Whereas it’s often not unlawful to work two full-time jobs, you have to deal with each alternatives with respect. You’re nonetheless employed for particular duties at every firm and must ship and cling to firm insurance policies and ethics requirements. Do your homework and test your employment contract (you probably have one) for a non-compete clause or limiting language. You may as well discreetly test along with your HR division about any guidelines concerning extra employment. 

Should you do resolve so as to add one other place, take into account the next:

Discover the best second job for you.

Discovering the best second job can take a while. You could discover the best match to your expertise, however you additionally must be sure you can deal with each jobs’ psychological and bodily calls for. If there’s a bodily part to 1 place, reminiscent of being in an workplace or on a job web site a few occasions every week, does that permit you sufficient time to finish the duties for the second place? Likewise, should you develop proprietary software program or data for an organization, it might most likely be unethical to work for one in all its rivals and develop related tasks or merchandise.

Earlier than you settle for a second place, be sure you know the ins and outs of each roles, together with the corporate cultures, main rivals and any moral requirements your trade adheres to. 

Set up your schedules for every, and hold them separate.

When you’re over-employed or have some mixture of W2 and freelance employment, develop a schedule that allows you to give the required period of time to every job. You could permit sufficient time for each positions, with some cushion, when one job is busier than the opposite.

It’s additionally vital to recollect to seek out time to relaxation and recharge. Whilst you may have the ability to keep a frantic tempo for a few months or longer, you usually tend to burn out sooner and for a extra prolonged interval than should you take time to recharge your battery alongside the way in which.

As you’re employed, be sure you additionally give attention to consuming properly, exercising, consuming water and caring for your psychological well being to assist your physique and thoughts keep in prime form and achieve your objectives. 

Use time effectively and successfully.

Should you’re going after two full-time jobs, you realize you’re most likely in for lots of time in entrance of a pc. Be sure that you employ your time effectively to finish tasks and duties for every employer and to assist hold you out of a perpetual state of catch-up, robbing one place of time to finish duties for an additional. 

Contemplate locations in your life the place it can save you time, like batch cooking for the week or doing laundry or mild cleansing as a break between work duties that will help you handle your day. Be aware concerning the features you carry out for every, and hold separate to-do lists. Make sure, as properly, that you simply don’t combine up communications or tasks for every firm, particularly if each firms use the identical communication strategies like Microsoft Groups or Slack channels.

Have a transparent purpose and exit plan.

Guarantee you realize why you’re working two positions and have an exit plan for one or each of them. Should you’re working to repay debt or quickly improve your financial savings, hold that in thoughts that will help you handle when issues get difficult. Even should you don’t have a household or different obligations, working two full-time positions is annoying, and it’s vital to do not forget that it serves a broader operate in your life. 

Moreover, have an exit technique and timeline for one or each positions. It’s possible you’ll solely work the additional job for just a few months as you transition from one place to a different or hold it for years as a result of it serves your wants. Do not forget that life’s purpose is to not spend all your time working.

Remaining ideas

Working two full-time jobs most likely isn’t for everybody, however should you resolve it’s what you should do, develop methods that may provide help to hold each positions transferring ahead and nonetheless provide the time and area you should recharge. Do not forget that working all day and evening isn’t possible in the long run, and it’s important to maintain what you’re working for in entrance of you that will help you hold your momentum when issues are onerous.


Julien and Kiersten Saunders, Cash Editors for SUCCESS journal, are the couple behind the award-winning weblog and forthcoming e-book, wealthy & REGULAR. They’re producers and hosts of the unique sequence, Cash on the Desk, which blends their ardour for meals with considerate conversations about cash


Julien and Kiersten Saunders, Cash Editors for SUCCESS journal, are the couple behind the award-winning weblog and forthcoming e-book, wealthy & REGULAR. They’re producers and hosts of the unique sequence, Cash on the Desk, which blends their ardour for meals with considerate conversations about cash

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