The Hidden Benefits of Moonlighting

Posted March 3, 2012 by Marcy Twete in Career Moves

In 2008, fresh off a nasty divorce and still a lowly nonprofit worker, I realized my eyes were bigger than my wallet when it came to shopping and dining out. So I did what any early-20s woman would do – I found a second job. I was lucky to find a job as a concierge at a high end apartment building in downtown Minneapolis. My shifts were Saturdays and Sundays and consisted of 8 hours of greeting residents, signing out packages and dry cleaning, and a whole lot of watching Netflix on the computer. It was a marvelous way to make some extra cash.

But alas, as my paycheck got a bit bigger, and my household income grew due to marriage, my time “moonlighting” didn’t seem so important, and I gave up my cushy concierge gig to spend more time with family and friends.

In today’s economy, though, we might all sometimes think about getting a second job – but how do you do it? What do you choose? The CV Store Blog posted about “The Hidden Benefits of Moonlighting.” I agree wholeheartedly with most of these points, and how innovative – I never thought of getting a second job that doubled as a workout!

Have you ever had a second job? Would you do it again? Are you thinking about doing this supplement your income now? Tell us what you think!

About the Author

Marcy Twete

Marcy Twete is the author of "You Know Everybody! A Career Girl’s Guide to Building a Network That Works" and a career expert who believes in order to be empowered in your career, you must be surrounded with resources and a network that both supports and challenges you. Marcy began her own networking journey as a professional fundraiser in the nonprofit industry, honed those skills as a fundraising consultant, and in 2012 networked her way to nearly 1 million readers as the CEO of the professional development website Career Girl Network.


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