Should You Take on a Weekend Job To Make Ends Meet?

If you’re already working a full time job, adding a weekend job can be exhausting.  While it’s certainly a good short-term fix for temporary financial problems, it’s generally not a sustainable long-term solution. After a while, the never-ending circle of finishing up the work week only to work all weekend, and return to work Monday really takes it’s toll. So much time spent working cuts into things like family time,  your social life, and  psychically wears you down.

weekend moneyCounting on the income from your weekend job for general “cost of living” expenses is not recommended Many people pick up a “second job” to work on weekends as a solution to a specific financial problem, such as catching up on an a sky-high hospital bill, paying off high-interest loans or catching up on credit cards bills. Another common reason people pick up weekend jobs is to save up money for a specific event, like Christmas, rather than to pay off money that is owed. We’ve put together some tips, ideas, and general information for anybody that is seriously considering taking on a weekend job.

  • Consider all your options- Before you begin putting in applications and faxing resumes or building your own side business, consider all your options. What are the pros and cons of each? Do the pros outweigh the cons? If the answer is no, skip that option or cross it off a list. Travel time is commonly looked over, but it’s an important factor too. How far will you need to travel? How are you going to get there? It’s not breaking news that gas prices are high.Find the distance in miles you’ll need to travel, your vehicles mileage per gallon, and the average price for a gallon of gasoline to calculate how much money you’ll spend. If it’s more than what you make in an hour, it’s not worth it. If you’ll be using public transportation, make sure that the price spent on bus fare isn’t taking a large portion of your additional income.
  • First things first- Make sure your primary job is prioritized over your new weekend gig. Ensure that your productivity and performance at your first job isn’t affected by your 2nd job. It’s not worth the risk of losing your main source of income just to pull in a few more bucks over the weekend.
  • Be your own boss-You can always work a traditional job and pick up weekend shifts at a store or restaurant. These positions tend to have very specific hours, and leave little to no flexibility. For this reason, we recommend taking on something where you can easily set your own hours, and make the choice of when you work, versus being committed to a set schedule. Examples might include your own gutter cleaning service, or mulching flower beds in upscale neighborhoods.