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Willie Floyd Brunson's last name was misspelled throughout a Feb. 18 Jobs article.

Moonlighting? It Can Double the Pressure

By Lisa Bonos
Washington Post Staff Writer
Sunday, February 18, 2007

Achieving work-life balance is already a juggling act. Throw a second job into the mix, and it can become a lot harder to perform.

For some, the extra work is vital -- to their bank accounts or well-being. More than 5 percent of U.S. workers hold more than one job, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

For decades, Willie Floyd Drunson has been part of this group. A transportation manager for D.C. Central Kitchen by day and a security guard by night, Drunson says the cost of living in the Washington area has driven him to an 80- to 90-hour workweek.

"To maintain good living conditions, I have to work two jobs," he said. "You can't do it on one job."

Drunson, who is preparing for a second marriage and perhaps a new family, said he wouldn't consider quitting the night job. He describes himself as "old school," saying that as a man it's his responsibility to pay the bills.

It's not easy -- while the decision to moonlight was "financially rewarding," he said, "emotionally it wasn't."

Those who hold two jobs need to occasionally reweigh the money against the minuses. For about four years, with a few breaks, Tiffany Guarascio, now a staffer for Rep. Frank Pallone Jr. (D-N.J.), also took on extra work for a little extra cash.

Guarascio started waiting tables at Mackey's pub while a senior at George Washington University. When she got her first "real job" out of college at a trade association downtown, she kept some shifts at Mackey's, which was conveniently close to her day job.

But when Guarascio started working on the Hill in 2004, she cut back to waitressing on Sundays only, at the Ugly Mug near Eastern Market, whose owner is a friend.

The job was flexible -- "It was very easy to say 'I need a month or two off' " -- and it became a social outlet as well as an additional financial inlet.

But last summer, Guarascio recognized that she was starting to resent working so much; she saw this in the service she was providing to customers and decided to quit.

It's tempting to go back to waitressing sometimes -- at the end of the month or when she wants to spend money on a vacation -- but then again, finding the time to take vacation is much tougher with two work schedules to juggle, Guarascio said.


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