Side jobs - What Your Employer Will Never Tell You

By: Ck Tan

If you have thought about taking a part time job or openingyour own business, you should pay attention to the following tips to side stepproblems with your employer.

Did you sign a contract when you started working for yourcurrent employer? Many companies require that new hires sign a non-competecontract. This contract basically says that you cannot work for or start acompeting business within a certain mile radius of the company. Some contractsare even more limited. Be sure to read any contractual paperwork that yousigned when you were hired before taking employment elsewhere.?

If you do take a second job, you should never allow it tointerfere with your current work. Do not perform second job functions while onthe clock at your first job. Never answer or make phone calls, answer emails orperform job duties. If an emergency happens, take personal time or vacationtime from your primary position to take care of it. Try not to make thisroutine though.

You should even avoid networking for side jobs while you'reon the clock. Granted, it can be tempting to speak up when an opportunityarises especially if you own your own business. Always try to down play youradditional employment while clocked in. You can always go back later and talkabout your other business.

If holding two jobs proves to be more than you can handle,you should seriously think about quitting your second job. If you cannot quitthe second job due to financial commitments, there are other avenues that youcan consider. Can you ask for a raise or find a new job that pays more? Isthere anything that you can do to cut down your work schedule?

Side jobs of the entrepreneurial nature are especiallydifficult to juggle. Prioritize and be ready to negotiate with your currentemployer when your business takes off. It takes effort to keep things balanced,but it can be done if you prioritize and put your bread and butter job first.

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