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 a career fundraiser turned corporate responsibility executive, a career and networking expert and the author of the book "You Know Everybody! A Career Girl’s Guide to Building a Network That Works."