First things first, if you need to get a bridge job, it doesn’t matter what others think. And if it really does matter, well, you don’t need to tell everyone that is what you’re doing. The important thing is to do what is right for you and for your family. Ignoring the need to get a bridge job could take you into financial difficulties, and could affect your family in significant ways. You have to do what’s right for you, not what is right by other people's standards.
The modern way of working is to have a portfolio of income streams. For some this is about having more than one business running alongside each other. For others it’s about having a series of part-time jobs. And for many it’s about having a job as well as having a business.
What should you do, then, if you think you've reached the point of needing to get a bridge job? Here are my 3 steps to success with a bridge job:
- Do what's best for you and your family regardless of what anyone else says or thinks.
- Get a job that will allow you to earn the money you need right now, and gives you the time to spend with your family and on your business.
- Be strict with yourself over the hours you work – if you’re contracted to work 30 hours, work 30 hours. And don't take a job that has a long commute. Remember, this is a bridge job, not a career.