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Difficulty of Working for Different Jobs at the Same Time

by Lisa McQuerrey, studioD

People who work two simultaneous jobs are often trying to make financial ends meet or build experience in a particular industry. Regardless of your reasons for working dual jobs, there are a number of potential challenges to consider before taking on more comittment than you can reasonably handle.


Scheduling is often a major challenge when trying to manage two jobs. This is especially true if hours for one of the positions varies or are inconsistent. You must factor in travel time between jobs and the hours you actually work. If one or both jobs have a propensity for overtime or on-call work, it can put you in a position of having to say no to one of your employers or risking losing the other.


Sometimes, employers have a “no compete” clause in employment contracts that prohibit staffers from working for competitors or even vendors or suppliers. Be sure you aren't running into a conflict of interest with your dual jobs. Even if your employer doesn't have a contractual clause, you might find your employers don’t like the idea of you holding a second job, particularly if they feel it has the potential to loser your productivity or otherwise harm your job performance.


Trying to work two jobs simultaneously can quickly result in burnout and fatigue. This is especially true if you are attempting to work two full-time jobs. You are likely to be tired, rundown and sleep-deprived, and you might not have adequate time for healthy diet and exercise. If the jobs are similar in nature, the repetition of your duties may become boring or overwhelming, which can hurt the quality of your work and your productivity.


Working two jobs at the same time can create stress from many sources. Your personal time is greatly reduced, and if you have a family, you might experience feelings of guilt for not having an adequate work-life balance. As you try to juggle personal responsibilities and daily household tasks with work, you may feel overwhelmed away from work, too. This can lead to serious health issues, including generalized anxiety disorder and depression.


Spreading yourself too thin will eventually result in diminished productivity and lower quality work. This can eventually hurt your long-term career prospects. Try to arrange for downtime and look for ways to increase your skill sets so you can eventually move into one higher-paying job, rather than trying to juggle two mediocre ones.

About the Author

Lisa McQuerrey has been a business writer since 1987. In 1994, she launched a full-service marketing and communications firm. McQuerrey's work has garnered awards from the U.S. Small Business Administration, the International Association of Business Communicators and the Associated Press. She is also the author of several nonfiction trade publications, and, in 2012, had her first young-adult novel published by Glass Page Books.

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