Planning a Second Job

It is human nature to ask ourselves why something is done the way we do it. The answer to why we do things can be more important than doing what we do for the money. Interesting times are ahead for those who take the time to develop a second job, a side business, or a personal business.

The stage in life when we begin to consider planning a second job or hiring a personal business is usually during middle-adulthood. Midlife career change or alterations often occur during this period as we go through physical changes, such as maturity and realization that responsibilities are not equally distributed in the workplace. Perhaps it is during this stage that we also consider re-inventing ourselves in terms of how we organize our careers.

The key to planning a second job or developing a personal business is to be clear about what we are looking for, what we value, and what we want out of our lives. This could be as simple as deciding that we want more license for our ideas and processes. Or we may consider that we want more time to focus on the ideas that truly inspire us. Or we may be asking ourselves why some ideas or experiences pay off better than others.

Developing a second job or starting a personal business that you can pay off is more about taking the lessons you learn and using them to move forward in your career. The moral of the story is that life is too short to be stuck in a boring job and too long to be stuck in a dead end job. Ask yourself what lessons are waiting for you if you don’t take the time to identify them. Many people may be excellent at their jobs but have very limited life experiences. These people are ground computers. They may be great at logical and analytical thinking but very weak in creativity and relationship building. As you chew through thousands of words and pages of content on your computer, it is easy to lose sight of the goals and desires you are trying to achieve.

You may be better suited for a different type of work for which you have a passion and find there is already a demand for what you do. If your current job and life experiences do not match what most employers are looking for, you can turn to the resources that most employers would look for someone with your specialty, education, work and life experience. Many of these resources are free or require a small investment. This investment will pay for itself in ten fold. For example, if you decide to register with a reputable job board such as, letting them do the work for you in finding an appropriate position, you will save considerable time and energy as well as avoid the stress of sending out countless resumes and cover letters.

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Perhaps one of the best pieces of advice I can offer is to start networking with the people who are in the position you want to be in the future. Plan a trip, and go talk to your local 20-year vet and ask them who they use to do their billing. Ask them if they know anyone who would be willing to talk to you about what it is like to work there. Ask them if they know anyone who you could talk to about what it is like to be a pharmacist.

Once you have made contact with someone, follow up with them by phone. Ask them how they are doing, and how you could get a meeting scheduled. Keep it casual and just ask if they know of any companies that fit your background. Ask them if they have heard of or I always try to get a business card from each person I talk to and ask them if they can give me some names of other people in the same situation. You will probably only get one or two names so you need to make sure you ask for them right. At the very least tell them that you would be interested to talk to them.

The follow up phone call will go something like this: ( Killer Copy Write) Hey, (name of the person you spoke to earlier)chieviously I must inquire as to (fill in the blank). Is that a common name for pharmacy or doctors’ offices in your area? If not, how about a colleague or former colleague that works there. Also how about if you have other friends that work there, textures please be considerate. Networking is about giving and not taking so if you feel that you may have taken more than you gave, consider returning the favor. At the end of your conversation ask how you can be of assistance to them in any way you can. I always tell job seekers that their number one goal is to get in the door and that door seekers should always be thanking. Begin and end with the same attitude. Give and take.