I recently wrote about how quitting my job ended up to be one of the great move I did for my career. Today, I will write about my 2nd job, the one I had on the side for the past 10 years. While it was a blessing to get this job for many reasons, it had become a nightmare the last six months. I recently quit my 2nd job, about 1 month ago and I can tell that I am feeling much better.
Since College, I was working part time for my Parentsâ€™ company. They have a bread delivery company and I was delivering bread during night time/early morning and going to school in the afternoon. The pay was really good and I was only cutting in my sleep to do it. When you are young, your social life and activities such as partying are more important than sleeping. So I did not really mind waking up at to deliver bread. The job was easy in a sense that it just requires two arms and two legs to bring the bread in the grocery stores. Driving a truck with loud music in the middle of the night was kind of amusing too!
During my bachelor degree, I was able to work full time for my parents and going at school during afternoon and night. I was able to lease a brand new car, live in a great apartment almost downtown and going out every weekend. I was able to do all that, without needing student loans.
When I started my 1st job, I decided to keep this job as a side line on Saturdays. At first, it was to pay off for my spending habits (nice clothes, good restaurants and traveling). I thought I would stop once I would get enough money from my 1st job to cover for both of them. I could then quit my 2nd job and keep the same lifestyle. That was very naÃ¯ve of me!
I took me 9 months to cover my combined salary with my 1st job. My girlfriend and I then decided to get married. I thought it would be a great idea to keep my 2nd job and pay for our wedding expenses that way. A year after our marriage, my son was born and I was still working 6 days a week to cover for baby expenses. Finally, we wanted to move from our apartment into our first house. I then kept on working in order to build nice cash down (I wanted to have 25% so I could start a Smith Manoeuvre right away).
Once we moved into our house, I thought about quitting this job. After all, I was making 20% more than my original combined income with my first job only. Unfortunately, it did not take long until I decided to sell my house to buy a bigger one. Sad but true, I kept on working on Saturday morning to prepare for the next move.
I am finally done with that! Since January, I was waking up at on Saturdays with only one thing in my mind: I am waking up right now for money. This is where I realized it was too much. My responsibilities at my 1st job had increased then and I decided to start this blog. While I really enjoy writing, it is taking time away from me. With another child that came not so long ago, I needed more energy to take care of my family.
Here are the lessons I learnt from this story:
1- Having a sideline is a great opportunity to get extra cash flow for specific purposes.
2- Once that you have achieved your goal, revise your position about having a 2nd job, you might want to take some slack.
3- Cutting off your sleep time is good for so many years, at one point, you need to catch up. Do not wait until it is too late!
4- Try to find something you like, I am presently working on other side projects that are more related to my interest. Instead of taking energy away from me, it provides me with additional drive.
As I know that many of my readers have more than one job, I would like to hear back from your personal story.
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