3OYS: More people balancing two jobs

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Posted on March 14, 2014 at 12:46 PM

Updated Friday, Mar 14 at 1:00 PM

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PHOENIX -- Emily Beach is a full-time coach and part-time entrepreneur. She rotates those roles throughout her work day as she tackles multiple projects.

"I think I have some form of obsession with just coming up with ideas and trying to make them come to fruition," she said.

Emily coaches a field hockey team full-time and has created a training tool for her players called "Dribble Dr."

She also sells the tool online, and is launching a new recruiting website to help connect coaches with athletes.

"I do know that, because of how my brain works, that I’m always going to have side things that I'm involved in," she said.

Kimberly Palmer, author of "The Economy of You," said that Beach is not alone in earning what she calls a "hybrid income."

"There’s basically no such thing as job security anymore," Palmer said. "So we all have to build our own job security by having multiple streams of income."

“It’s all about leveraging the experience, the skills, the resources that you have," she added.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor, nearly 7 million adults across the country have more than one job and half of those workers hold a full-time and a part-time position.

John O’Connor, a career consultant, said holding two jobs is becoming the norm.

"It’s almost surprising when people tell me they don’t," O’Connor said.

But having two jobs is about more than just an extra paycheck.

"The number one benefit is peace of mind," he said. "You can sort of breathe easier at night. If worst came to worst, I have a backup."

But before you start juggling jobs, you need to prioritize the position that pays the bills,  O’Connor advised.

"If you’re smart, you’re going to say, 'Look, I do owe loyalty, and I don’t want to create any waves.' So you have to really plan how to do this without alerting or offending or creating a concern with your main gig that you’re doing this on the side."

Beach isn’t worried. She believes her side projects make her better at her full-time coaching job.

Beach offers some advice for anyone looking to branch out: "Make sure you’re doing what you need to in your full-time job and then go for it,” she said. “It’s really rewarding to see something come to terms."

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