As we wade through uncertain times of furloughs, lockdowns, and career uncertainty, now is as good a time as any to consider why everyone should have a secondary income.
For many people, this is a great way to get involved in something that you're passionate about. The benefits to this can be enormous, as you'll find yourself enjoying an online education or career change, while still secure in your day job.
When we talk about a secondary income, we mean something that you get paid for outside of your regular working hours. For some people, that's running an online or a blog. For others, it's working as a virtual assistant or spending some hours copywriting.
Whatever the secondary income, taking on something outside of "regular work" can make you a more creative, more interesting and more qualified candidate in your working life at the same time.
Exploring done Safely
In many ways, having a secondary income helps you get the best of both worlds, which makes it safe for you to explore some of your interests or passions.
You can see your current career or employer as both your bread and butter, as well as a safety net. With your regular career progressing as planned, you can be comfortable.
But your secondary income is where you can enjoy doing something for its own sake. Whereas skills in your career will tend to be geared towards something specific, your secondary income can be anything you could dream of. The only limit is your imagination.
Learning useful skills
Of course, that's not to say that your secondary income and your main job will always be completely distinct.
Everything you learn from your secondary income will give you a different perspective on your 9-to-5. This perspective can lead to you having some more creative insights, as well as being able to see things innovatively.
While there's no denying that extra money is something that everybody appreciates, perhaps this applies now more than ever. However, additional income is only one of the benefits that you can get from working a secondary income along with your primary career.
You might find yourself meeting new people who can help you creatively or professionally. Perhaps you'll find yourself able to identify new opportunities that wouldn't have occurred to you before you started the gig.
Whatever the reason, you'll find that investing the time and energy into a secondary income is something that can give you something new to become excited about. And best of all, it can help you show up and be even more present in your day job and support you as you advance up the career ladder.