Sure, you’re being sneaky. So was Zuck! Start a new job during your nine-to-five with these tips

Pump yourself up

Taking on a side job may seem like more work than it’s worth, but you’re actually creating security with this new source of income. It’s also an opportunity for you to spend time pursuing something important to you that your primary job may not offer. (Just try to remain professional and strike a balance – you don’t want anyone to think you’re not committed to your regular job.) split your duties fairly

Don’t do both jobs poorly

Save intensive side-gig tasks (calling clients, creating proposals) for evenings and weekends, and the admin stuff (emails, promotion) for mornings and lunch hours. If you have a few minutes during the workday to respond to queries, stretch out your time at your primary gig to compensate. That way if the boss finds out, you’ll have no conflict of interest.

Organise the tech

If your company has policies about using hardware or software for personal work, use your own laptop and mobile gear. Create a separate e-mail address, desktop account, and cell number for your business. Use Google Cloud to access your side job’s assets from any device. Schedule tweets at intervals using hootsuite.com. Plan out your Facebook posts too.

Learn from your bosses

Expand your skill set at your primary job to add to the expertise of your second: pay attention to how other departments in your company operate, accept new duties within the company, and try to attend any seminars or continuing-ed opportunities you can, no matter what your job title. Who knows – you might end up becoming so competent they’ll have to promote you!

Source: Chris Guillebeau, author of The $100 Startup, and Dr Mark B. Milstein, of Cornell University’s Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management.