Ten Reasons Why You Might Want a Second Income

I came across an interesting discussion on an internet forum today, and it got me thinking about all the reasons why someone might want to get a second job, or a  family might want to get a second (or third)  job.  With all the demands of military life, I’m always amazed at how military families can squeeze in another job.  That is some serious dedication, but the rewards can be huge.

Ten reasons that a military family might want to add an additional income:

  1. To save for retirement
  2. To pay off debt
  3. To learn a new job skill
  4. To meet people
  5. To save for a special purchase
  6. To do something fun (if it is fun)
  7. To get a discount
  8. To set yourself up for a post military career
  9. To save for a house
  10. To stay out of trouble

Obviously, every individual or family needs to balance their personal time with their work time.  There are times in your life when it is right to get a second job, and there are times in life where a second job would be awful for you or your family.

I have a dear friend whose husband took a second job delivering newspapers.  He didn’t get much sleep, but they saved a lot of money and they both felt great about the sacrifices that they were making.  I often wondered if it was worth it for them but they both agreed that it was definitely the right choice for them at that particular time.

About the Author

Kate Horrell
Kate Horrell is a military financial coach, mom of four teens, and Navy spouse. She has a background in taxes and mortgage banking, and a trove of experience helping other military families with their money. Follow her on twitter @realKateHorrell.
  • When my husband and I were dating, he worked Friday and Saturday nights doing security at a local bar. It allowed him a little extra money and also let him keep an eye on his Marines.

  • Tara Gray Burkholder

    Sadly, a job is not so easy to come by right now. I have multiple teaching certifications in Texas but with massive budget shortfalls, no districts are hiring so I have very expensive, but useless, teaching certifications (that have to be renewed, at my expense, mind you). I’d love to work, I’d love to teach but it’s not that easy.

    • Teddi

      I too have very expensive teaching certificates and experience which seem useless. No one seems to be hiring here in NM and even when I try through USAJOBS.GOV or NAF for CDC positions nothing is available. I want to help my family by working, but unless I can get a full time job which will pay for childcare and then some it’s just not worth it. And my husband does not have the option of working a second job as he has an inconsistent flight schedule.