Want to Save More Money? Get A Second Job!

(credit: Adam Lederer via Flickr)

(credit: Adam Lederer via Flickr)

I can hear what you’re probably screaming.

I can’t get a second job  –  I’m already way over committed with the job I have, with my family, and with my life.

How could you possibly suggest I get another job? 

Liz, you must be so out of touch with reality that you throw anything out there.

Even with all the noise I’m hearing (granted, it’s in my head, but I think I’m probably not far off) I still think it’s a good idea to get a second job. Let me explain.

So many of us are not doing what we love nor do we love what we’re doing. I worked hard during my career in business, but I never fell in love with what I was doing. I liked and needed the money. I liked a needed the benefits. I even liked the people I worked with.

But I felt no passion for my work. I was driven to work, just as I am today, but I didn’t love what I was doing. Today, there is probably not one thing I created in my professional career that had any lasting value. After all, I worked in the high tech world, where things change rapidly and the new is quickly outdated.

But I did love to write and I thought I wanted to be a novelist. So my second job was writing mysteries. Did it pay at the time? No — actually it doesn’t pay now either, or at least not directly —  but it was a job I loved.

Maybe if I keep at it, it will pay one day, but for now I’m having the most amazing experiences because of this second job.

What is it you love to do? What’s your passion? Is there a way to make money now, or in future, doing what you love?

Maybe you’re an accountant who loves to cook. There’s lots of opportunity there. Bake cakes, cook healthy meals, specialize in salads, whatever.

Find a small local market —  a stall at a flea market, a catering service that might take on your offerings, a party planner, and sell your wares.

Save all the money you get from these extra ventures. And who knows, maybe the job you create from what you love, will turn into a business one day.

If you’ve thought you’d like to start a business one, try to get a part time job in a business similar to the one you want to own. Not only can you earn money to save from working a few extra hours a week, but you can learn that business from the ground up.

There are so many possibilities out there  –  ways to earn extra money. Spend some time coming up with ways that work for you. But the only way this is going to work is if you do something.

Still think you have a problem finding the time for a second job? I’ll do another blog entry soon on how you might find the time.

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About Liz Stauffer

Liz Morningstar Stauffer’s improbable journey—from a divorced mother of two at the age of 34 to a millionaire some 15 years later—has inspired her to create the blog “The Improbable Millionaire," offering tips, advice, stories and support for people on a similar journey—even if they don’t know it yet!

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