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Full-Time Employee Plus Freelancer - The New American Career Path

Fri, 11/09/2012 - 4:26pm | by Ford R. Myers

Those who are currently employed full-time are adding second jobs as additional streams of income and safeguards against potential layoffs.

In addition to her full-time job, your co-worker is a beauty consultant in the evenings. Your husband, a CPA Monday through Friday, cuts the neighbors' lawns on the weekends. Your uncle, an engineer, coaches the local high school girls' soccer team each fall.

Welcome to the new American career path: adults who hold full-time jobs during the day as well as paid, part-time positions. And according to recent U.S. Labor Department statistics, more than 6.9% Americans are considered multiple job holders.

Unlike the past, when people were assuming second jobs strictly for the money, Ford R. Myers, career coach, speaker and author of "Get The Job You Want, Even When No One's Hiring," (John Wiley & Sons,, has found a more current reason why Americans are working harder and longer.

"In today's unpredictable economy, workers can't rely on their full-time jobs for their livelihood. They need to be self-reliant, not job reliant. That means if they were to lose their main position, they would still have a stream of income and the confidence that will put them ahead of others in a similar situation," says Myers.

Myers suggests six options where Americans can earn additional money while continuing their full-time positions:

  1. Part-time employment. Whether it's in the retail, restaurant, business services or administrative sector, here's your chance to find a position in a field you genuinely like.
  2. Teaching or substitute teaching. Experienced professionals are sought after to teach classes and bring a real-world perspective to their students.
  3. Consulting or contract assignments. If you have a background in business operations, computer/technology, or creative/advertising, these fields naturally lend themselves to consulting or contract work.
  4. Work for family or friends. Contact every friend, relative or acquaintance who owns or runs a business, and ask about their needs and challenges. People who know you are more likely to "give you a break."
  5. Home-based work. With the advent of the Internet and computer technology, it is easier than ever to do real work from home, specifically in the fields of administrative, sales, computer work, creative assignments, bookkeeping, and personal services.
  6. Odd jobs. There is always a need for reliable, professional help in the areas of construction, painting, sewing, moving and hauling, yard work, and plowing. If you're not afraid to get your hands dirty, you can earn good money providing these greatly-needed services to organizations and individuals.

"The world of work has changed. Rather than relying on one source of income such as from a full-time job, many people are developing second or even third streams of income to provide a greater sense of security. By pursuing an outside interest, hobby or passion, it's very likely that you could do the same. Given the current state of the U.S. economy and job market, that would be a smart move!" exclaims Myers.

For more information and other useful tips for achieving career success, visit

Ford R. Myers is President of Career Potential, LLC. His firm helps clients take charge of their careers, create the work they love, and earn what they deserve! Ford has held senior consulting positions at three of the nation's largest career service firms. His articles and interviews have appeared in many national magazines and newspapers, and he has conducted presentations at numerous companies, associations and universities. In addition, Ford has been a frequent guest on television and radio programs across the country. He is author of Get the Job You Want, Even When No One's Hiring. More information is available at: and

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