The idea of a single job is great, especially if you like your job.
However, even if you love your job, you do not have to do it forever.
A multi-faceted career is where you have one job, and then you have several other jobs at the same time.
A multi-faceted job may also include moving from one job/role to another over the course of your career.
This article covers the sort of career where you have a full-time job, but also have one or more side jobs, including money-making activities of your own design:
Two Hobbies – Two Side Hustles
In short, if you are going to have a multi-faceted career, you should probably have two side activities.
What you choose is up to you, but it is often best if you pick something that isn’t too labor intensive.
For example, if you want to make latex molds, they need re-dipping every ten hours, which may be difficult if you have a full-time job
Or, if you decide to be a freelance writer, then you may have trouble keeping to deadlines if you have a full-time job and may struggle with tiredness when trying to write.
If you are going to have two side activities, then it is best if you pick something that is low maintenance, or something that you can pick up and put down without any trouble.
Even something like writing your own novel is not as easy to pick up and put down as you think because you often lose the thread of your narrative between writing sessions.
Coding sometimes comes with this problem, but you can narrate your programming with notes to remind you of what bit does what.
Something low maintenance may include creating your own hybrid plants, learning a new language, becoming a social media influencer, creating your own website, learning bicycle repair, etc.
A Second Job is Not Expensive to Learn
With so many resources available on the internet, a second job can easily be learned for free.
For example, you can download Blender, go on YouTube and start learning how to edit videos. This can include 2D animation, 3D animation and adding special effects.
Even sound software like Audacity is free as well as drawing programs such as Inkscape and Gimp.
Or, if you’re into writing, programs such as Grammarly or Hemingway will help you create exceptional copy you can sell to website owners.
Ten years ago, you would have needed a college degree in a specialized field and the money to purchase the necessary software. Now, you can do this all from home at no cost.
The point is that even something as complex as making movies can be done from home and to a high degree quality, and it can be done for free.
A part-time career, or even a hobby, can become a saleable skill and even a new career if you wish it.
Almost Every Hobby/Side Hustle Can Be Done For Cheap or Free
Even things that seem like they require heavy equipment can be done cheaply or for free.
For example, if you want to make concrete ornaments, you can buy cheap latex and plaster and make your own molds.
You can mix the concrete in a bucket rather than a mixer, and instead of spending thousands on a vibrating table, you can pick up a second hand vibrating plate (the one people use for workouts).
Want to start growing hybrid orchids, or start selling expensive items like asparagus or exotic fruits? You can do it all from your own house and/or garden.
There are even cheap plastic greenhouses you can buy these days instead of having to buy an expensive glass greenhouse.
When you feel like amping up your business, you can take an agricultural course and maybe rent an allotment.
With the money you make, you can start expanding until you have your own patch of land.
Getting from a window box to a farm takes time, but that is why you do it part-time in between working your regular day job.
Final Thoughts – The Primary Benefit is a Lack of Pressure
If you have a full-time job, but you want a multi-faceted career that may veer off in several different directions, then the key to success is no pressure.
If one of your side activities turns out to be boring or unfulfilling, then you can switch to something else with relative ease.
Plus, there is nothing stopping you from taking up side activities that may help the career you have already set up.
For example, Steve Jobs took a calligraphy class long before he ran Apple, and then came the day when his company needed a new type of font, and guess who got the job?
If your side activity helps you learn a transferable skill that could help you at some time in your career, then all the more reason to strive ahead and give it a go.