Over Employment

In the current economy, more young professionals are embracing the philosophy of “over-employment.” I’ve been in business for over 30 years. So, I wanted to take a closer look at this concept. For that reason, this article examines what it is and if I think it’s a good idea…

What is “Over-Employment”?

I first heard the term “over-employment” from an article in Business Insider. 


I don’t believe there is anything inherently wrong with that idea. In fact, I encourage people to work to their full potential. 

However, there are factors that you should consider before undertaking over-employment. 

What are the Pros and Cons?

Let’s get the bad news out of the way first…

Over-employment means that you are working harder for longer periods. As such, you need incredible time management skills. 

Further, be mindful of the second job or contract work you take on. Depending on your company, it may cause you legal trouble. 


The advantages of this method are first and foremost hitting career and financial milestones faster. 

That being said, there are certain requirements for this method to be successful… 

The Secret to Making Over-Employment Work

Before you take on over-employment, look at what you’re trying to achieve by doing this. 

Your “why” needs to be solidly in place. Otherwise, burning the candle at both ends will get old — fast.

Next, instead of getting a second job or side work, see how you can earn more at your current job. That eliminates the risks we discussed earlier and still hits your goals. 

Ultimately, over-employment is just another term that means paying the price now, so you can pay any price later. 

And, I’m on board for doing whatever it takes to be great — no matter how you label it. 

— Grant Cardone

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Star of Discovery Channel’s “Undercover Billionaire,” Grant Cardone owns and operates seven privately held companies and a private equity real estate firm, Cardone Capital, with a multifamily portfolio of assets under management valued at over $4 billion. He is the Top Crowdfunder in the world, raising over $900 million in equity via social media. Known internationally as the leading expert on sales, marketing, and scaling businesses, Cardone is a New York Times bestselling author of 11 business books, including “The 10X Rule,” which led to Cardone establishing the 10X Global Movement and the 10X Growth Conference, now the largest business and entrepreneur conference in the world. The online business and sales educational platform he created, Cardone University, serves over 411,000 individuals and Forbes 100 corporate clients throughout the world. Voted the top Marketing Influencer to watch by Forbes, Cardone uses his massive 15 million plus following to give back via his Grant Cardone Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to mentoring underserved, at-risk adolescents in financial literacy, especially those without father figures.