If you're looking for a way to increase your income, here's an idea to add to the list: start working the night shift. It seems that there's more money to be made if you work when others are off. The details:
Most industries offer a financial premium for employees who work into the wee hours of the morning. Pharmacists, police officers and Postal Service mail sorters make up to 10% more overnight, according to Payscale.com. Some TV and radio news writers earn 15% more, and nannies can earn a 20% premium.
Money isn't the only benefit. There are other intangibles, such as greater autonomy, fewer meetings (all the higher-ups are sleeping) and the likelihood of getting promoted sooner, because there are fewer people to compete against.
Ok, so you can make more money, but what about your family? If you have one, it will be tough seeing them since you'll be asleep when they're up and vice versa. In addition, working the night shift might be bad for your health. Are these downsides worth the 10% to 20% increase in pay?
Anyone out there a night shift worker? What are your thoughts on the issue?