Balancing Act

It’s been 5 years since I started having a sideline work. Here’s a quick run down of what I did since then.

2009 Feb (1 month only) – Freelance writer at Writing 5 x 500 or 10 x 250 word articles per assignment. Takeaway: researching skill was improved. Vocabulary usage improved at that time.

2009 Mar – 2009 Dec – Virtual assistant for a woman in the US who was into IT marketing. Creating and managing her WordPress sites. It was my first time to use WordPress, cpanel and other web admin tools. It was also cool to create a site from scratch, from setting up the the site in cpanel to the actual development of the website in WordPress. It was also my first dive into SEO. Takeaway: Learning so many different tools can be helpful not just in sideline work.

2010 Jan – Mar 2013 – Virtual assistant for a small team/company. Still using WordPress. First time to use WHM and create domains with it. Takeaway: improved time management as there are a lot of things to do. I never liked some of the tasks because I think it is almost a scam (yikes!). That’s why it was a big relief to have left this work.

March 2013 РPresent РSoftware developer (.Net) for an NZ website and software development company. Takeaway: there are just so many things that I learned  and still learning here. Learned how to use cursors in SQL, charting/graphing in Windows Forms, reporting using ActiveReports and a lot of other things that I have used/learned for the first time.

The advantage of having the non-development or non-.Net jobs was that the tasks are not that really challenging although tedious at times. Being away from C# programming allows my neurons to rest for some reason. On the other hand, the current sideline helps me become knowledgeable in other parts of .Net development that I don’t get to experience in my full-time work. However, it also means that my head needs to be working hard for at least 15 hours a day, 4 days a week. Regardless of the type of job, balancing sideline work and full-time office work is really tough. I think the best way to do it is to make sure that your priority during the day is your office work and only do your sideline work when you get home. You also need to make sure that your weekends are free from any work, though I still do work sometimes but only to cover up for some lost time during the week.