I’ve recently taken on some contract work that started today, Sunday. I’ll be doing it in my ‘spare’ time, predominately on weekends.
I’ve undertaken work on top of a full-time job before and it’s always difficult. It’s a challenge to stay motivated, tiring and a toll on family and friends. Why do it? Money is an often-cited reason – and a good one! – but in this case I’m not chasing the dollar. I’m doing it because a product I worked on ended badly for a customer and I feel somewhat obligated to at least try to help them out. The customer is at wits end and hopefully I can alleviate some of their issues.
My advice to those of you considering working in your spare time: Think twice! It’s OK if you love the work or are using it as a stepping stone to change your career path but don’t underestimate the value of your down-time.
Apologies to friends & family if I’m a little hard(er) to get in touch with over the next little while; hopefully the problems will be sorted out quickly!