Maintaining a steady stream of income while keeping a job on the side is a rather difficult route that some people choose to take for varied reasons. While most 9-to-5ers already have tons to complain about their full-time jobs like hostile bosses, intimidating officemates, and windowless working spaces, some portions of the population have to go through those stresses *twice* because they need to take on two jobs – perhaps to pay the bills and/or nourish their passions.

Job-juggling, although sustainable, could be difficult for a lot of individuals. The number of responses inspired by this interesting read from the New York Times about the issue of job juggling among both young and old professionals gives an easy glimpse of people’s attitudes towards working multiple jobs these days. The individuals profiled in the story and the comments generated by the article generally point to the sour economy as the cause of their career burdens. However, having a part-time job isn’t just about fulfilling financial needs. Much like a regular job, it entails a lot of dedication and commitment.

Manage your time properly.

Hodgepodge schedules are a no-no especially for people who engage in part-time work. You need to impose a fixed schedule with regard to your tasks because the time limitations called for by your activities can sometimes interfere with performing the tasks required by your main job. What would happen if it’s the 30th of the month and you haven’t completed your monthly target with your 9-to-5 job, and at the same time you still have a pending commissioned artwork due the next day? What would you do if you keep receiving calls from clients who are not aware of your schedule’s limitations? Strictly stick with your schedule and practice measures using a business phone with do-not-disturb features to avoid cramming and completing half-assed work.

Learn to deal with different types of people.

This doesn’t only apply to those working two or three jobs; it’s a universal skill that everyone should be adept at. You need to learn how to cope and deal with difficult people (and “easy” ones) wherever you go. You might be having a great time with your colleagues in your day job, but how about your Asian bosses at the translation and transcription company you’re moonlighting for? You might go along well with people in your team due to common interests; but at the same time, you need to consider those you’re probably going to work with in the future. Simply put, don’t be indifferent to others. This article from Psych Central suggests several ways of coping with different types of people in the workplace.

Develop your skills more.

Attempting to succeed in multiple disciplines involves a lot of skill and a never-ending learning phase, especially in this digital era where trends change as fast as they form. You may be the most prolific writer; but if you don’t know how to do your own native Drupal installation to put up your content online, then you’re dead meat. If you’re a graphic designer in 2012 who’s stuck with Adobe CS3, then you might not be able to score good side projects. Don’t just sit there and wait for someone to teach you. Learn things on your own! There are a lot of resources available out there.

Have clearer goals.

Most people choose to take on part-time jobs with the goal of gaining a supplementary source income and it sure is nice; there’s totally nothing wrong about it. But aside from that, you can also treat your part-time job as an outlet to feed your soul and as a means of freeing yourself from the daily stresses of your usual, repetitive grind. As such, it is important to tell yourself every so often that you need this part-time job as much as your regular job. No matter how much or how less it pays and no matter how minuscule or essential the tasks you’re assigned to, you must understand that juggling two or more jobs help you grow not just financially but also professionally.

Develop a sense of responsibility and commitment.

When you agreed to take up that part-time job, you’ve made the decision to dedicate yourself to the tasks or projects assigned to you with the best effort possible. When you’re too occupied with your regular work, you sometimes forget that you have other responsibilities, too. A late write-up for a bi-monthly magazine is a late write-up – no matter how beautifully written or well-researched it is. A half-baked article on the internet of things submitted on time is still half-baked. As a professional, you need to form a stricter sense of commitment to your part-time job (and basically anything you do).