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Instead Of Side-Hustling, Some People Are Secretly Working Multiple Remote Jobs At The Same Time

"Overemployed is a way for us to take back control and not play this game."

Why overwork at one job when you could work just hard enough at two? That's the question that a new movement of "overemployed" workers who secretly juggle multiple remote jobs are asking, and TBH I don't entirely hate it.

To learn more, I emailed with Chloe and Isaac from Overemployed — a website that's chock-full of tips for folks who are interested in working two jobs at once.

They said their overemployment journey started last year. "We were looking for jobs during the pandemic and once we got one, we were joking, 'What if we don't quit?'" Chloe said.

Woman working from home

On Overemployed, you can find tips on everything from filing taxes with two jobs to advice on keeping your manager's expectations low. There's also an Overemployed Discord where members share their experiences and questions anonymously.

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There are some pretty wild success stories, like this comment: "I've hit $400k/year at times, $300k+/year a few times, and $200k+/year consistently. I do have some weeks where I work like a madman but for the most part, I work a relatively normal work week." But there are also plenty of cringeworthy fails, like this story: "First week in a company and I joined the all hands with a Gmail account from another company (luckily not on mine, but on a different name). The CEO was asking, 'Who the hell is this [some name]?' I hadn't started my camera so I silently quit the meeting and rejoined with the right account then."

So is this like an extreme form of side-hustling? Chloe said it's totally different. "We don't see it as a side hustle. We see it as a confirmed promotion or raise that we would not have gotten staying in one job."

So instead of working really hard in one job, trying to get promotions and raises, the overemployed said they're taking their income into their own hands.

Woman balancing a stack of office equipment on her shoulder

But overemployment isn't for everyone. "It really depends on your company/boss and your specific situation. I would say sales, recruitment, or jobs that have a lot of interaction are not a great fit," Chloe said.

However, like a side hustle, many employers don't love the idea of employees working other jobs and it could violate any contracts or noncompete agreements that you signed when you were hired. So people who are overemployed usually have to hide it and some go to Mrs. Doubtfire–esque lengths to do so.

Since overemployment has been gaining more attention, Chloe said they've seen some misconceptions, like that workers who choose this path are lazy and entitled.

Person joining a video call for work after dark

Chloe and Isaac said that while it's super worth it for them, they don't plan to do it forever. "A whole paycheck goes to saving for financial independence," Isaac said.

Now I'm extremely curious: What do you think about overemployment? Would you want to try it? Why or why not? Share your thoughts in the comments below!

And for more stories about work and money, check out the rest of our personal finance posts