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Second jobs on the rise in Florida, with young professionals leading the way

“Now, I know a bunch of entrepreneurs who are in real estate and then, on the digital-marketing side of things, I speak all around Florida at different conferences that involve web design,” Sanfilippo said. "For me, it’s just the peace of mind ...

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By Drew DixonGateHouse Media Alex Sanfilippo likes his job as director of commercial operations at the Jacksonville-based aerospace manufacturing company Team JASBut the 29-year-old says one job is not enough.“The 9-to-5 job I have is definitely what I consider my foundation,” Sanfilippo said“Anything else I do on the side is icing on the cake or something to put away for retirement for the future.”Second jobs are nothing new, but they’re on the rise, especially among young professionalsMillennials like Sanfilippo even have their own name for them: side hustlesBesides his main job, Sanfilippo is a digital coach for website developmentHe also has several investments in real estate and owns rental propertiesHe started his own real estate firm in Jacksonville when he was 17, then sold it as the housing market cratered in the Great RecessionThat experience taught him how to handle business, and, most importantly, the value of time management and networking.“Absolutely, if I was to limit everything to aerospace I would be OK; that’s nice and that’s comforting,” Sanfilippo said“But what really gets exciting for me is the amount of contacts I made in different industries.“Now, I know a bunch of entrepreneurs who are in real estate and then, on the digital-marketing side of things, I speak all around Florida at different conferences that involve web design,” Sanfilippo said"For me, it’s just the peace of mind knowing there are other people out there where I can go to pursue another career or just freelance."A growing trendThe side hustle is a growing trend among millennials, said Kaytie Zimmerman, a millennial herself who has several jobs and is a contributing writer to Forbes magazine on millennial issues“The numbers right now are trending."One in four millennials has at least a second job, according to a study published in July by Bankrate, a website that analyzes financial and investment trends.“It’s not necessarily the sense of how they are working additional jobs," said Zimmerman, who lives in Nocatee and runs and handles career and money advice on a blog at"It’s engaging in creative type of workIt’s not your traditional waitressing job on the side.”The Bankrate study showed that 28 percent of people aged 18 to 26 have second jobs and 96 percent of them say they work on a side job at least once a month.Those jobs are usually not very lucrativeOnly 19 percent of millennials are making more than $500 a month from their side hustles, the study showedBaby Boomers 53 to 62 are the most likely age group to make more than $1,000 per month from a side job.Zimmerman said millennials are more willing to have second and even third jobs because they are so adept at handling new media and its impact on commerce.“The primary area where it’s different for millennials is the internet and our aptitude to understand that anything is available to us,” she said“We can learn anything on the internet and we’re able to turn that into a business.”‘Learning a profession’Don Capener, dean of the Davis College of Business at Jacksonville University, said more students are entering the business program at the university in an effort to improve their employabilityMany of them are non-traditional students who have been holding down second jobs for years.“What we’re seeing is an increase in folks putting together a combination of different jobs and combining them together to make a living wage or something that can work for their lifestyle,” Capener said.“In some cases, they’re underemployedIn other cases, they’re working on their education.”Ultimately, many of the business students see their second jobs as an entry into a new career.“We see that a lotFolks may have graduated in an area that they’re really passive about,” Capener said“We have a number of people who are interested in being an entrepreneur or wanting to start their own restaurant and they’re working part-time at a restaurant or a business or places they respect to learn a little bit.“They’re not just earning extra moneyThey’re learning a profession they want to do in the future.”Conflicts of interestCandace Moody, vice president of communications at CareerSource of North Florida, said workers' options appear to be more diverse than in years past.“They often pick something that’s convenient to home or to work, something that works for themIt’s often based on convenience as much as it is income,” Moody said.Regardless of the industry or income, Moody advises workers to strongly consider a second jobShe said the Great Recession proved many employees who have only one primary job are vulnerable to the whims of the marketplace.“A lot of people found during the recession, it took just one phone call to put them out of work,” Moody said“If you have a side hustle, especially if you’re self-employed in your side hustle, it takes a lot of calls to put you out of work completely.”But she cautioned workers to check with primary employers first because, more likely than not, there are some company restrictions on taking on additional employment.“Almost every company with a human resources structure will have a policy on it,” Moody said“Generally, you have to let them know who your second job is with and let them know where it isThere may be a conflict of interest.”Moody also advises professionals who are interested in a side hustle to beware of the possibility of time conflicts with their primary job.“[Companies] want to make sure it is not interfering with your regular hours,” Moody said“It kind of depends on the company; if you’re working a couple hours on the weekend in retail, you may not need to worry much about thatBut they want to make sure they know where you are and they want to make sure they won’t run into a conflict of interest that comes up to bite them later.” About Us Sign up for daily e-mail Subscribe Reader ServicesMy ProfileFAQsContact UsAbout UsSubscribe NowVacation Stops/RestartsManage My AccountSubmissionsNews TipsCalendar EventsObituariesLegal NoticesLetter to the EditorBusiness NewsAnnouncementsAdvertisingDisplay an AdSpecial PublicationsClassified AdsPlace an AdAdvertise With UsPay Your Ad BillDigital MarketingOnline ServicesRSS FeedsPrint ArchivesMobile AppNewslettersDigital Services for Business var verticalContent = verticals_data['p'+3821+']; for(var key in verticalContent) { if(verticalContent.hasOwnProperty(key)) { var vc_title = verticalContent[key].title; var vc_url = verticalContent[key].url; var vc_html = '+vc_title+'; var vc_job = 'Jobs'; if(vc_title != ' && vc_title != 'NA' && vc_url != ' && vc_url != 'NA') { if(vc_title == 'Classifieds' || vc_title == 'Cars') { $('#footer-main-verticals ul').append(vc_html); 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