All Work and No Play….

I’m now in my fourth week of working two jobs. Every Monday and Thursday afternoon, I head to one of my agency’s satellite offices, where I’m paid by the billable hour to provide individual therapy. The other three days, I work 10 hours at my “real” job to make up the time I miss (even though I’m salaried, which is a whole other rant post). I have to say, I’m kind of over the whole thing. Not that I’m quitting, because I’m not, but I didn’t know it would be this hard when I decided to take on a second job.

The good points:

  • Doing therapy (in small doses) after a 6-month hiatus has been good for me. After almost three years of dealing exclusively with kids, it’s nice to work with adults again.
  • I’m making extra money!
  • Doing this has inspired me to find other ways to increase my paycheck, like keeping up with mileage again. I don’t know why I stopped tracking it; I guess I just got lazy. In four days last week, I racked up $56 just for my normal on-the-clock driving!
  • I’m more productive in my full-time job because I have less time to get things done during business hours.
  • I spend very little because I don’t have time to go anywhere.

The bad points:

  • The constant rain and flooding in my area have resulted in a lot of rescheduled appointments at the second job. If people don’t show up, I don’t get paid.
  • My son is stressed out because I get home so late. I don’t have much time with him during the week. He’s old enough to understand why we need more money but it doesn’t make it any easier for him.
  • I’m utterly exhausted. Fifty hours of work each week + ten hours of driving = destroyed house. I promise myself I’ll catch up on the weekends, but I’m too darn tired!
  • I have a hard time winding down when I finally get home, so I end up staying up way too late.
  • I don’t have as much time to read and comment on other blogs during the week. Or do anything else.

Overall, I don’t regret my decision, though I’m not sure how long I can keep this up. I also wonder at times whether it’s worth it. The first two weeks, I only billed 5 hours, and I should have 8-9 this time depending on how Thursday goes. Kind of crappy out of a potential 16 hours per pay period. But I know it takes time to build a caseload, and before long I’ll be overrun with appointments, so I’m not too stressed.

So anyway, I’m on the fence about the whole two jobs thing. Maybe it will seem more real this weekend when I get the first paycheck with extra money on it. Or maybe I’ll end up in therapy myself (as if I have time for that!) to deal with the stress! Actually, that would be like a mini vacation at this point…

  • Alltid Blakk

    You just have to figure out at what point is the cost (stress, less time for son), less than the profit (extra money, faster reduction of debt). this winter I worked as much as you do know for about 3 months. My kids did complain as well, and now, when the extra is over, I'm so burnt out and tired. Also I had a lot of qiuck fixes regarding food, and guilt for not spending time with the kids that I'm not sure it was all that profitable.

    Just have to hope you do it better

  • Darwin’s Money

    Have you tried shifting some time over to making more income online? It might be tough in the beginning, but after a while, you might find you can make more online in the off hours when your kid is in bed rather than working more during day (it's what I do…)

  • TeacHer

    I've been there! I work extra duties at school all the time for extra $

    I guess I've always been able to stand it because it's REALLY good money and there's always a time limit on whatever program I'm working with - like, a tutoring program only runs for 4-5 weeks, two days a week. I definitely couldn't withstand the hours forever though.

    I agree that you need to balance the benefits of the money with the strain it puts on you. Try it for a while and see how it goes, but if it's not working out, ditch it.

  • Andrea

    @Alltid - Good point about weighing benefits vs costs. I want to give it some time, but I feel like this isn't something I can keep doing indefinitely.

    @Darwin's Money - I would love to have some online income but I don't have a lot of solid info on how to get going. Might have to email you for sone tips!

    @TeacHer - I bet it's nice to have opportunities for extra money that are time limited like that! This would definitely be easier if I knew it was only for a set period. Hopefully at some point I'll find a job that pays better (I make less now as a supervisor than I did in my first job out of grad school), but for now I'm trying to focus on the extra money. I'd like to make it six months if possible but I don't know if I've got the energy!

  • lynn

    I don't have much advice, but I do think the benefits vs costs is a good thought. But bless your heart for what you are going through.

  • Anonymous

    I used to work extra and cook the following week's meals on Sunday and freeze for the next week. I slept in on Saturdays while my daughter watched cartoons. I used Saturday early evening to catch up on my rest. I watched less TV in order to relax.

    I got my outfits ready the night before as well as my child's. I packed my lunch often to save time. It was great having the extra money. My daughter was happy because I was less stressed having more money. When she asked for something, I could afford it.

    Working extra gave me great piece of mind and some security.