More and more often we are hearing about people having more than one job due to the poor economy and rising living costs. Moonlighting is nothing new in the workforce, but it is certainly becoming more of the norm, much to the chagrin of managers everywhere.
The Bureau of Labor and Statistics states that only 5% of workers officially hold more than one job but with developing technology more people are looking into moonlighting. Managers cringe when they hear an employee is moonlight as it not only can affect productivity, but your energy will decrease and it is less time you are spending thinking about your main job.
When you think of having a second job, you think about commuting to another office after a long day at your regular job, however thanks to the internet there are a bevy of moonlight jobs that people can do from the comfort of their homes.
If you want to work from home you can blog, you can write freelance articles, and you can do data entry, or start an Ebay or Zazzle store. The possibilities are endless. Most of these jobs will not earn you a whole other salary, but they are great for supplemental income when you would be sitting on the computer anyway.
You can often tie in your second job with what you do in your first. For example, if you work in marketing during the day, by night you can run a small business or offer low cost classes in marketing. Using social media to promote these jobs is helpful as well.
One thing that you need to be careful of when moonlight is not to offer a product or service that competes with your full time job or else you could lose the full time. For example, if you work for a travel agency during the day, it is smart not to offer people travel advice and tips by night.