More people than ever before have a secondary income. There are many reasons this is the case. Some feel they have no choice but to have a secondary source of income due to the still difficult economic climate we face, while others take on a second job for a range of reasons, from wanting to explore a career change to simply wanting to boost their income, even if they’re currently able to live more than comfortably.
The question most people ask themselves is what job is going to be best for ensuring themselves a steady secondary income, in terms of enjoyment and satisfaction as well as the money itself.
Here are our top five suggestions for secondary jobs.
Freelancing in Your Field
Whatever you do for a living, it is likely that there is an opportunity to offer freelance services related to your primary job in some way. While this path might be obvious for a web designer, a writer, or an accountant, it can be less so if you’re a retail manager, for example.
However, if you are in a role the same as or similar to the latter, there is a variety of ways you could make money. Are you an expert in a particular part of what you do? The retail manager might be able to offer customer service training, for example, or a service helping to write a business plan.
Almost every job has the potential to translate into a freelance service in some way.
This suggestion is perfect with anyone for a passion for a certain sporting activity. Many of us stumble upon sports coaching by getting involved with our children’s sports teams, to find that we actually really enjoy it.
Although it can be difficult to make money, as most positions will be voluntary, it is something worth doing if you can find a paying job.
Look across the internet and in newspapers and you’ll easily be able to find some of the world’s biggest courier companies, including DHL and FedEx, who advertise for freelance and part-time couriers.
If you have time to spare first thing in the morning, in the evening, or at the weekend – all times when couriers are in demand owing to the fact more people are at home – then this can be a great opportunity to make some extra money.
Most of the time, you can do these jobs using your existing vehicle, so long as you’ve taken out the necessary courier insurance and can provide proof of cover to your new employer.
This type of job isn’t for everyone, but like a courier role, if you have the time when most work is available it is great for having fun while topping up your bank account.
Becoming a Life Coach
You do need to pay in order to earn qualifications and accreditations and thus be able to market yourself as a life coach. When you do, however, you have the opportunity to almost charge whatever you wish to listen to people and help them achieve clarity in their life in whatever area they’re struggling.
Although becoming a life coach sounds like a way to make easy money, it’s something that will leave you highly satisfied and feeling a sense of achievement; you’ll meet some great people, too.
Whatever you think is the best step to achieving a secondary income, explore it now. Whether you need a secondary job as a necessity or are considering a new career, taking these steps will open a new range of possibilities in your career and life in general.
Carrie is currently exploring her options for a secondary income, both because she needs the money but also because she wants to pursue a new career having become bored in her current one.