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Balance 'Side Gig' with Real Job

Q. I've had the same nice job for about 10 years, but my husband recently had to change his job to a lower paying one at the same time that our youngest child began college. To help this "money crunch" I've been doing free-lance work for other companies mostly during evenings and weekends, although occasionally I do have to work on them at my desk during lunch or afternoon breaks.  I am glad I'm able to do it, but I am getting exhausted. Do you have any ways to make this easier?

Ans. You are to be commended for your actions. More and more couples are realizing it takes two people to carry the ball in these trying times, and many are taking up side "gigs" to make ends meet.  Dr. Kristin Cadinale, author of The 9-to-5 Cure, is a passionate advocate for that extra freelancing you're doing, but she agrees you may suffer "burnout" or the exhaustion you mention. In order to keep your day job, be honest with your boss about what you're doing, she advises. Also, keep everything very separate. Bring your personal laptop for this work; never use that of your real job. Never send emails of any kind on the company computer system because that is open to scrutiny by your boss, who doesn't want you doing that on his time. Once you've cleared it with your boss, keep your free-lance work quiet. No one wants to feel you're doing other work when you're supposed to be doing his or hers.

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