Well that couple didn't divorce, we did. And when I was preparing to be a one income single mom, I took on a second job waitressing. Saturday and Sunday found me delivering eggs, pancakes, and muffins to customers. I loved the people. My feet hated me. (The Burger Bar - Bristol, Virginia- Totally, not where I waitressed.)
I've had a lot of ‘second jobs’ since that stint waitressing. I cobbled together several jobs including grant writer, administrative assistant, and organizational consultant along with my day job of trying to run a long term care consulting business. Apparently the idea was too cutting edge and I went back into a real job with benefits.
One of the hold outs from that time was my mystery shopping. I loved visiting shops, restaurants, and rental complexes pretending to be a potential customer. I learned a lot about customer service by seeing it from the business’s point of view.
Then I started writing. And that became my second job. A very low paying job at the time, especially when you figure in the hours authors put into their creations. But I’m on my own schedule, mostly. Yes, I have deadlines for my publishers, but after years of managing a desk career, keeping balls in the air is second nature. I love seeing my books complete and up for sale.
Once it’s done though, I have to let go of the process and deal with the product. And start the next book. Right now I have three series I need to complete, one has a firm deadline with a traditional publisher. It gets priority. One’s almost complete. And the other, is just a vision of what it could be. In addition, I have two finished stories that I’m considering self-publishing, a partial teaser out to another publisher that I will finish (someday) and a pile of ideas, waiting for me to have the time to play.
I could work every free minute of the day. And last year, I did. Which created burnout and stress between the new husband and myself. So this year, I’m taking it one day at a time. Giving the work the time and attention it deserves, but then also leaving time and energy for recharging and relationships. (Like last month's trip to a NASCAR race in Bristol Tennessee.)
But it is a job. And like all jobs, you have to go home sometime, just to get your bearings.
So what second jobs have you held?