* You need to be extremely careful with IP and legal: are you going to use your work machine for a side project? Are you going to do any side work from your current company offices? Is there conflict of interest? All those things need to be carefully planned.
* You're going to get distracted, so your performance on both jobs will be lower.
* If your management is going to figure it out, you'll lose trust. If I'd figure that one of my employees does contracting on the side, I wouldn't be happy.
If you really need more money for a serious reason, I'd prefer people to chat with me about that during 1:1.
We've had an employee couple years ago who had a brain tumor and we covered his medical expenses on the company, with no obligations, which was more than his annual salary. He recovered successfully since.
* Having two jobs will impact on your quality of life and your family. Maybe not instantly but at some point it will. Be careful not to burn out.
It's absolutely none of your business what your employees do in their free time. You'd be unhappy in this situation because it's a demonstrated failure on your part to exclusively capture their labor potential. You should react with an apology and a promotion (or silence) before you even think to furrow your brow.
This is business. You want loyalty? Show me the money. You want absolute disclosure? Show me your books. We're not family. Back up and earn your keep, buddy.
People should have the freedom to do whatever they want on their freetime. People work because they have to, not because they want to. Very rare people have the chance to work on what they want to. The rest need to deal with crazy office politics and some CRUD apps and bad requirements.
If I dedicate myself to a company or not, that might be MY choice, not some mandate from heaven of a employer, for gods sake. Interestingly enough, I do and go the extra mile, but it is my choice, I can also change that. If my employer doesn't like it, it can fire me. But it has no say on what the fuck I do.
Also someone working on the side (within limits) may actually benefit you as an employer. It's a way to gain experience that you otherwise couldn't get your hands on. I agree that things need to be made transparent and agreed on before, but I'd rather not recommend a general negative attitude towards this.
When discussing those things first thing to keep in mind are legal complications for both parties, and being open about this lets everyone deal with risks properly.
Why would s company pay more than they have to?
Your family comes first. Why would you work full time at a company and do side work at the expense of your family?
Do you have equity in the company? If not, your employment with the company is solely a business arrangement. You give them X number of hours per week and they give you Y dollars.
If you can make the Y larger without changing the X, why wouldn’t you? Why would you sacrifice time with your family for a company? Do you really think if times got hard and they could lay you off and survive they wouldn’t?
Unless you have a decent ownership stake at a company, never confuse a company that you work for with your company.
If that checks out I would look in to building income with products and eventually a SaaS app.
Listen to the archives here:
Rob and Mike cover starting a business on the side and lots of topics that will be of interest to you.
This is inspiring too:
@DHH Startup School Talk 2008
Keep your focus on your family and on your day job.
There are hours here and there when your family is asleep or busy that you can put that time in to building products. If you enjoy this type of work you can build your own products instead of watching TV two hours a night. Follow Rob's stair step approach. Like DHH says it's still hard, but it's definitely doable.
I worked in a school and created a saas product as a sideline. This was very manageable in the world of school. I joined an IT company 8 years ago and brought my saas product with me. My product requires very little support so the new company were happy to let me do my full time work and let me look after product. The company even thought they may get involved with my product but it differed too much from their vision. 8 years on I now work 3 days a week for the company and 2 days a week on my on own saas product and I'm very happy. The company have been very supportive.
Some people here are saying don't do it, think of your kids. I started my sideline as I wasn't making enough to save any money and wanted to put some money aside for my kids. My kids and I (who are now adults) are very close. Do what you think is best.
I think it's important to be honest. If you go down this route make something that requires as little interaction with your users as possible. It was always important for me not to be the guy sneaking out to take calls.
I reckon a good starting place would be setting aside an evening or something and sticking to a fixed amount of time. I've been down the road of a full time job and sideline taking up my whole week. I won't go back there again. I don't work on Saturdays. I don't really work on Sundays either but I'm very involved in my church which is another type of commitment.
Have a good think about why you want to do this? Having my own thing which I made and try to grow fires me up. Know what your reasons are so you don't end up disappointed.
They also hire interview phone screeners all the time, and whenever I've talked to one of these guys they sounded like they were either driving in a car or in a coffee shop lineup so seems like it's something you could easily juggle on the side. They're always looking for experienced developers to do phone interviews. These positions are usually on github jobs and other remote job boards https://github.com/lukasz-madon/awesome-remote-job#job-board...
As for time get up early and finish by 11am if it's a flexible enough side gig
As a manager (and founder), I encourage my team to have outside projects. However, they should not be done on the company’s dime. I also encourage them to use most of the cool tools we have.
For me, I’m currently building solid wood word clocks. A coworker made a bunch of educational web tools for teachers (spouse is a teacher). One sw dev was learning electronics and borrowed some nice soldering equipment and an o scope.
Some of us make a little money doing these things to make it fun and cover our hobby’s expenses.
The point is these are more of a hobby (that might earn some money) than a job. By encouraging this with my employees, they get a breath of fresh air and some alternative perspectives.
FYI, the minimum stint for engineers at my company has been about 5 years. Our most valuable engineers have been with me for more than 15 years.
I find active work on the side to be much more manageable than passive. E.g. you could start doing contract or consulting work on the side. Keep your employer in the loop. It's important that they know about your side activities or otherwise you might get into trouble.
Passive side income is much harder to do if you don't have experience with this kind of work. Especially if you have a family and cannot commit to investing a lot of time. You need to get really good at self management and make sure you don't commit months worth of your time into something that later turns out to not earn you any money. Start as small as possible. Don't make the mistake of thinking that a product consists of code only. From my experience at least two thirds of product success is outside of engineering (design, marketing, sales, finance, management).
My advice is to first ask if you're in shape. Maybe you could work out instead.
I recommend having a fixed weekly (or monthly) time budget on this. It's perfectly reasonable for you to have a hobby like making money.
Find a better paying job if needed. Taking time out of family time when kids are young is something you will definitely regret later - as do some of my friends who took up high paying management consulting gigs when their kids were young and missed the whole childhood of their kids.
But if you have young family, you might want to invest your time in the family and build a solid foundation. That could help you spend more time away from them being ambitious in the future.
Are you from Nepal?
Spend time with your family? Time is the only thing you can't buy. How are you going to start a side business and earn income if you aren't willing to trade time with your family? There's only 24 hours in a day.
If you are a software engineer who is so poorly paid you need to look for side income, maybe look for another job? Unemployment is at all-time lows and companies are desperate for tech talent.
I can understand baristas looking for side income, why would a software engineer need one?