(Closed) Has anyone worked M-F 9 to 5, AND a weekend job?

posted 6 years ago in Career
Post # 3
10366 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

Do you need to do it to live? Or just for extra money? It’s not something i’d consider unless I had no other means of supporting myself.

Post # 4
323 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I did it for a while years ago. Honestly? It was really exhausting. My full time job was really toxic and poorly paoind but “good for the CV” so I was sticking it out and working at my old university retail job in fashion on the weekends. I’d try to find day work, if you can, that’s the only thing that kept it remotely sustainable for me because I had nights free to see friends though I was usually exhausted. 


Post # 5
3572 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I don’t work two jobs… but my job requires 70 hours a week, so I work 12 hours a day Monday – Friday and then 10 hours on Saturday.  It’s pretty rotten, and if you don’t desperately need the money, it’s probably not worth it.

Post # 6
6015 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: March 2012

I did it to pay some bills off fast and save money.  I worked m-f 9-5 then Tuesday nights 6-10 & all day saturday and sunday (8-6pm) at a dept store at the mall.   I made so much money it was awesome.  I only went out on Sunday nights, but back then, my friends were all bartenders and what not so the only night they went out was su nday nights.

you can do it, not forever, but you can do it

Post # 7
786 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I occasionally work two jobs, and it’s not fun.  I work Monday to Friday from 8am-4pm..  Then can work two nights a week from 5-9pm.  Then Saturday from 10am-2pm..   It is exhausting and makes your day a write off.  The extra money is nice but I’d rather make more money at my full time job and not have to do a part time job during my free time. 

Post # 8
1181 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I did it when I was younger ( in my 20’s). I loved working in a bar. I got to meet so many people.  Don’t think I could do it now, it does get tiring.

Post # 9
3941 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I work 8-5 M-F (sometimes 8-7) and I work Saturdays and Sundays as a photographer. 

It’s exhausting and I’m awful and managing my time so I never have an ounce of free time.

I have to say that I don’t think it’s worth it any more for me.  I’m missing out on important events and celebrations with my family and friends and I do think they’re starting to take it personally.  I need the money, but I need my friends and family more.

Post # 10
14 posts
  • Wedding: May 2013 - The Fez in Aliquippa, PA

I work full time for a corporate real estate firm, 8pm – 5pm, and I also hold down a part time job with a local catering company. I can get anywhere from 10 – 30 hours extra a week, depending on how busy we are. Sometimes it sucks, honestly, but the monetary and networking benefits are outstanding. It’s definitely do-able, but it takes some adjustment. 

Post # 11
59 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

I think it depends on the job and why you’re doing it. My SIL bartends and loves the social nature of it. I took a retail job after I got laid off with the intention of quitting once I found a regualr 9-5, but my new job was a big salary cut so I decided to keep it. I worked one or two weekday evening shifts and usually both Saturday and Sunday. I was exhausted and had little time for myself, and it started to take a toll on my relationship. It wasn’t for me, but there are plenty of people I worked with who had f/t jobs and did retail on the side who are still there.

Post # 12
11747 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

I’ve debated doing it short term to make some extra $ but honestly I have never found anything that the $ made the loss of my weekend worth it.  I won’t waitress/bartend so that’s probably 1/2 the problem lol but all in all, you do what ya gotta do to get by.  If you really need to then you should suck it up and know it won’t be that way forever.

Post # 13
1623 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

OP, I did *almost* the exact thing you’re referring to.  I worked a full-time job (that I really enjoy) 7:30-4:30 M-F, and then picked up a bartending shift on Friday nights from 6pm-3am.  I also had an hour commute each way to and from my fulltime job to home/bar job.

Honestly, the money was great.  Would pull in $150-$300 extra for that one night. The environment was fun, and friends came to visit often. However, it was very draining and your weekends fly by.  It’s also not fun to have to miss out on the social life Friday nights, you know, when you’re the most excited the work week is done.  Plus, side not, you get dinged for taxes so I always owed. 🙁 

I did this for about 9 months and then I moved with Darling Husband (so the bar was over an hour from home).  Now, 2 years later, I don’t think I could ever bartend again. 

If you’re young, spunky and looking for quick cash…it’s great.  But you might burn out and quit after a few months, which is fine too.

Post # 14
3625 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I did it before when I first graduated from college and my day job wasn’t paying me enough to make ends meet comfortably. I worked a retail job on weekends (and sometimes, a night or two). It was really tiring and in the end, it wasn’t really worth it. You have to consider how much you will realistically make and how much of that will go to taxes and SSI. I think if it ends up just being a few hundred dollars (which in my area, doesn’t go that far), then it’s not worth the extra exhaustion and the lack of free time.

Post # 15
1245 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

I did it for a while in my early 20’s when I first got out of college (before I met DH) because I wanted to pay off some of my undergrad loans.  I was always exhausted and while I enjoyed the extra income, after a couple of years my health wasn’t worth it.  So depending on the job, you could probably do it for a while but I wouldn’t want to do it *forever*.

Post # 16
2188 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2024

I did this for about 6 months and was so exhausted and drained I had to stop working the 2nd job.

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