John P.

John P.

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Is it possible to hold a full-time job while freelancing?

Is it possible to hold a full-time job while freelancing?

Contemporary life is defined by ever-increasing levels of materialistic tendencies. One can’t easily pay bills with mere salaries. Especially when one person is earning more dependents. It becomes harder to manage the living expense when inflation is on a continuous rise.

Many skilled people keep on finding and exploring various new outlets to earn money when they run short of it. However, a question rises, whether a full-time worker is able to handle that workload. Especially when there is only one life and 24 hours in a single day.

But to make ends meet, people go to every extent. Sometimes a bit disorganized and mismanaged, which starts sucking the life out of their routine. We need to see how can we adhere to both kinds of work routines without overburdening and frustrating ourselves.

First of all, we need to see, is there a benefit beyond money?

Yes of course. If you have any specific skills but not working in your niche. Or else even if working in your field but have some other particular talent as well. For instance, if you are a lawyer or a doctor but had great photographic or writing skills. You can channel out your passion that way.

Freelancing can bring in an internal satisfaction for following your passions. These skills can also add to your CV and you can utilize them at some later point in life. For instance, if one day you don’t find work in the field of your experience, they might be these skills come to your rescue.

You don’t understand how to make time for remote work

After an exhausting workday when you return home. You need to refresh yourself with some rest or leisure activity. But if you know you are going from work to work i.e. home, you won’t look forward to going home. At 5 pm in the evening, we start imagining the comfy beds or sofas at our home and watch some TV. It would be a terrible idea of leaving an office with planning to resume work in a while.

The solution is articulately crafted planning. With freelance comes the freedom to choose. You can formulate your plans on a weekly or monthly basis instead of daily. You can choose projects of your choice that don’t put restrictions or limitations of timeframe. It would give you a feeling of ease instead of urgency. When you know you can decide the pace of your work, you won’t try to rush for it thus exhausting your energies.

Besides, when you start working on anything, take an example of working out. Initially you feel cramps and extreme fatigue but then your body is used to it. Likewise, when you start working on any task you will feel bored and tired but then it will become part and parcel of yourself.

And eventually, you are addicted to it. Similarly, your multitasking will make a stronger self of yours, a more accomplished one. With careful time management, you can achieve it without sacrificing work/life balance.

Know your legal responsibilities

One thing you ought to do is recheck your legal contract with your current employer and look for the conditions that might prevent you from holding any additional sort of work. So always remember to double-check if there is legally binding. If there is such a clause talk to your seniors before proceeding to any venture. Transparency is your moral responsibility and even if you think you can get away with it. Things get disclosed at some moment.

How would you track the time consumed for the second job?

You know the hours required and spent at a desktop job but what about the ones you spent at home on freelance work? It’s possible tomorrow you claim your payment and its denied with an accusation of spending less time than declared. This will dump all your additional amounts of effort and energy into the dustbin.

So better save it from ruining, by downloading time tracking software like Toggl, Hubstaff or StaffTimerApp. They will track and calculate hours spent at work liberating you from many worries. Neither you have to fill timesheets manually that nobody will believe, nor you are invoiced inaccurately.

Keep freelancing a secondary priority

It’s not rational to upset your employer or existing job with your remote work adventures. After all, it’s your full-time job experience that is counted more heavily against freelance experience and brings in job security and stable income as well. Don’t destroy your productivity at your full-time job for the sake of freelancing. You may not get a project the next day but at least you are getting a salary.

Secondly, you are legally and ethically bound to deliver at your desktop job. So one who is not honest with their primary mode of work shall never honor the secondary one. Because if you lose a job.

Freelancing alone won’t suffice for your expenses. Try to find out if your current employer offers a flex work option as well. You may earn overtime or can take freelance projects when you have your remote workday. Your time saved from commuting can be utilized for a second job.