Here is why you should never work multiple jobs. Okay! Disclaimer...
This advice is for people on a purpose. The person aiming and working towards something big. You know. The dreamer. The visionary, working on the next big thing that’ll create an impact, and change lives. Or if their lucky... Maybe net him or her in a different tax bracket.
The short answer as to why you should never do it, is because, you’ll need time to work on your purpose to create the next big thing. Trading time for money will be a trade off, you shouldn’t ever be willing to accept. Look at it this way. By having 1 job, that’s 8 plus hours removed from your day.
Granted having a full day to work on your purpose would be ideal. For most people this is almost impossible. There’s bills, rent, food, transportation, and a few other added cost that can’t be avoided.
So that leaves you with 16 hours left in your day… If you want sleep that’s another 8 hours gone. That’s 8 hours left in your day. Let’s not stop there. There’s the time it takes to get to work, overtime if mandatory. Time it takes to get groceries, go to appointments, time with family, “friends”, and to do other stuff…. You get where I’m going with this. That’s more time removed from the day. Obviously time varies from person to person…
Even if we don’t count these things. That leaves you with only 8 hours left in the day; But more realistically 6 or 7. You add in another job…
Now explain to me how your going to work on your dream?
Right. You can’t… No work will ever get done…
If your like me, you may struggle with procrastination, and its only getting worse for me.
Now I went back in forth with the math, trying to figure out a solution as logically as I could. But the outcome was always the same… Before we go any deeper let me outline the solutions I thought of.
Hiring freelancers to cover my weight in code, writing blog post for kodoninja. To basically be me.
Work nonstop on your days off, in addition to the time in between job(s).
Work in between the two jobs if I decided to work another…
Remove, or limit my sleep
Getting two part time jobs, or 1 other part time job
One high paying remote developer position
Getting back into freelance development
Solutions may differ, but these were mine. FAANG companies etc don’t like conflicts or competing work. Freelancing, will consume more time depending on the work. If I can barely get my stuff done, how can I mange someone else’s?
Nonetheless, It always came back to me, My vision revolves around me, my brand, a connection to being the coding ninja. My thoughts, my techniques, my code, well you get it.. I stated my vision kodoninja in 2020.. let’s do some math. 2020, 2021, 2022, 2023. That’s nearly 3 years since I started my vision. If I were to work another job, that’s more time away to get everything completed.
Side note for the kodoninja.com visitors and fans. Work is done, tweaking code errors, adding content like the very article (video - youtube) your seeing now. Its been 3 years however I was building 4+ platforms simultaneously (the kodoverse) that a team of developers will struggle with.
I’m one person, building everything from scratch. In the beginning I was running an online store at the time and a marriot of other things. Not to mention 1.5 years I was doing nothing. Nothing!! I’m getting back into all this, as well as swing and day trading… So another job is definitely out of the question.
Now granted I built the initial platform in 2 weeks. And was posting on the 3rd week as you can see from the code push logs (robots.txt/github), and blog upload dates.
My point is, I know there’s dozens of others that can relate to this... Adding another job will gravestone your future, and for most, there’s fewer solutions. Like I said before. I have 1 job and I still struggle. I even recently quit my common job and I still cant get significant work done. But I admit thats more of a personal procrastination issue, along with complex coding, etc...
People are different. Let me know below if you managed two full-tine jobs with 0 hours remaining in the day. Granted you can reduce transportation time, hire freelancers, work in between times, on your break, weekends, and remove sleep from the equation.
And yes this will probably work for some. But It’s not something I will do. My plan is 1 job, reduce sleep or prolong it as much as possible. Giving me more time to work on my vision. Everyone’s purpose is different. Mine requires a lot of code, multiple platforms, with soon to be apps, and (directing) film making. Writing code, writing scripts. The complexity of being a 1 man code army, content creator, blogger and a film creator is vast and is not recommended as few have managed to juggle so much at one time. Which I’ll never suggest anyone should do.
Now, now, now… There lies the concern of money, money, money… Money doesn’t grow on trees, and most visions require money.. Ironically my code requires $0, it’s free, because I do it all. Content creation on the other hand has some cost, that I know have mostly eliminated. These were lighting, film gear and such. I would still like to get a frame.work 16 and a dedicated enclosed GPU. But that’s for another video.. Every ambitious project including film making requires money. Even if your taking the Indie, micro budget route.
Which leads me to alternative methods. If your a fan of kodoninja You know I don’t like to liquidate, hell I wouldn’t even do so to pay my own ransom.. Majority of and the biggest directors don’t fund their own films. Any vision or plan you may have can be funded without the need of working 2 or more jobs. You should never have to trade time for money. Make as much time as plausible for your ambitions, money will come as a result.
Trading, reselling, and numerous other methods can be found on kodononja.com. Helping you avoid the trap of working multiple jobs. My go around is a night job. The caveat here is that I can trade/resell in the morning, work at night, and anything in between can be used to work on my, goal, dreams, and ambitious projects. Check out this free "developing" ebook on many passive income ideas.
Everything for me is lining up to work perfectly, and everything I mentioned above is why id never work two jobs and why you shouldn’t either. So many ways to make money if you need it, you shouldn’t have to remove all the time in a day to live your life and work on your projects.
As I said before this isn’t for everyone If you don’t have anything going for you, work as many jobs as you like. But for those trying to be something. Create as much time as possible for your dreams, eliminating the wasteful things that take you away from it.
Need a job? Create one when you get the opportunity like reselling, becoming a trader and so on… If you absolutely need a job, just find one decent one that can cover your cost and leave time for your passion. Now I get there are some persons out there who have managed this… But the most successful entrepreneurs today like Elon Musk managed to work over 100 plus hours a week while creating zip2. Jeff Bezos quit his job to create Amazon, James Cameron quit his job to become a director, the list goes on and on and they all have one thing in common. Eliminating jobs when they could and creating more time in the day to become who they are today. If I and more importantly you mr, or mrs want to be among the mount rush more of entrepreneur legends… More time needs to be allocated. That’s all I have to say.