Having a “side hustle” may be de rigueur these days but those embarking on twin roles are being warned about the age-old issue of burnout, amid claims that many professionals could be working themselves into the ground.
According to a new report from CV-Library, over two-fifths (43%) of marketers now have a side hustle but not out of choice – for most, the second job is a financial necessity to make ends meet.
In fact, over half (51.7%) of marketing side-hustlers claim that they started their other job to earn more money and almost three-quarters (71.4%) would consider giving it up if their employer coughed up more cash.
What is more, despite over a third (34.8%) of employers having a policy outlawing second jobs, plenty of marketers are putting in extra hours every week for their side hustle – over a quarter (28.6%) work an extra 10 hours or more each week on job number two.
CV-Library founder and CEO Lee Biggins said that rather than taking up a side hustle for personal interests or for fun, marketers are being forced to find ways to top up their monthly income.
He added that while Britain is almost at full employment, the quality of jobs on offer is dropping. Rather than accepting a salary which is not competitive or sustainable, Biggins advises candidates to ensure they negotiate their worth arguing that it is much more difficult to change your stance after you have started the job.
Biggins said: “It is concerning that so many marketing professionals are working long, strenuous hours in their side hustle, as they could be putting themselves in serious danger of burn-out. It’s tough enough at times to get through a full working week, let alone while working two jobs. And, although the work ethic of these industrious professionals is commendable, focusing your attention on one job is preferable.
“Put the time into your current job and hopefully your employer will reward you with a pay rise. However, if your side hustle is something which brings you joy, then there’s no harm in keeping it up. As long as it doesn’t affect your performance in your other job…”
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