Why Your Current HR Day Job Should NOT Be Your Only Source of Income…

By Alan Collins

Did you know that actors like Angela Jolie, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and George Clooney appear in movies

…AND earn extra income directing their own films, making commercials and from monthly residual checks from their previous shows?

Were you aware that athletes like LeBron James, Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova earn their livelihood playing the sport they love

…AND also profit from endorsing merchandise from energy drinks to beauty products?

Did anyone ever tell you that singers like Taylor Swift, Beyonce and Paul McCartney write their own songs

…AND rake in more cash from the royalties earned by their older ones?

None of this is probably new news to you.

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But the more important question is
what all these celebrities have in common?

And that should be obvious too…

Every single one of them have all created ADDITIONAL SOURCES OF INCOME for themselves.


Because in today’s up and down economy, it helps them:

And it’s for all of these reasons that I am a relentless advocate of taking what you already know about HR…and turning it into multiple streams of income too!

For the last fifteen years, I’ve tried to take a page of out of their playbook and not limit my income to just my HR day job.

I’ve produced revenue from HR consulting; writing HR books, white papers and special reports; speaking on HR topics; and coaching HR professionals.

This diversification is my passion and it’s a thrill.

But frankly, there’s nothing unique about me.  

And I’m not alone.

There are many others in HR that are doing the same thing and doing it…EVEN BETTER.

Let me tell you about two of them.

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First, there’s Carole Martin.

Carole was a corporate HR Manager for 15 years.

Today, she is as made interviewing her specialty and is an expert in the use of behavioral interviewing techniques.

She has branded herself “The Interview Coach” and runs her own business.

She speaks at conferences, business meetings, and classes on interviewing and salary negotiations for both interviewers and interviewees.

She has published articles and authored the Interview Fitness Training Workbook and Boost Your Interview IQ  that have each sold thousands of copies globally.

But that’s not all.

She provides job search and transition coaching for attorneys to administrative assistants and everyone else in between.  This includes:

You can check her out at InterviewCoach.com.

Her greatest joy in doing all this is “…the wonderful emails I receive telling me how I made a difference in the life of another person…helping them get the job or career they wanted.”

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Then, there’s Ben Eubanks.  

At one time, he worked as an HR leader and analyst for Lighthouse Research & Advisory, a research and advisory services company.

And — at the same time he was working this day job…

And he did all this while balancing a wife, twins girls and a little boy!

He started multiplying himself because he wanted to help make the HR profession better, one HR pro at a time. You can check him out now at upstartHR.com.

Today, he’s taken things to the next level. 

He runs a business focused on helping HR technology vendors and service companies understand how to connect with the HR audience.

Here’s the deal. 

I could easily give you ten more HR examples just like Carole and Ben and overwhelm you with more reasons why you shouldn’t limit your income to your HR day job.

But for now, I won’t.

Instead, I’ll leave you with this message…

Start small with one
additional source of income.

It could be:

Those HR competencies that you have taken years to develop and use every day — whether it’s your expertise in:

Why confine your HR skills to just ONE employer?

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Let me wrap this up, by asking you this:

Are you maximizing YOUR human resources talents, skills and experience?

Are you diversifying YOUR sources of HR income?


If celebrities like
Angelina Jolie,
George Clooney,
LeBron James,
Taylor Swift

and HR pros like
Carole Martin
and Ben Eubanks
…and countless others like them,
have NOT limited their income
to doing just ONE thing.


Think about it.



Want to know ONE way to diversify your income on the side as an HR pro — while keeping your day job?   Then check out, WRITE YOUR OWN HR BOOK FAST!  Take Your Career in Human Resources To The Next Level By Authoring Your Own Book — Faster Than You Ever Thought Possible & On The Side! 

Clearly, writing a book isn’t for everyone. But it’s easier than you think and yours will clearly separate you from the rest of the HR pack, while allowing you to capitalize on your HR skills and experience. If your own book is a goal for you either now or in the future, then you should check definitely this out.


A SECOND alternative is creating small reports, white papers and short ebooks that address pressing issues or solve vexing problems.  This is an even faster way of capitalizing on your HR skills, expertise and experience.


Then check out: YOUR HR GOLDMINE:  How To Turn Your Human Resources Know-How Into A Lucrative Second Income…Without Leaving Your HR Job!  This book will provide you with tons of ideas and a step-by-step plan for putting them into action.


A THIRD way of capitalizing on your experience is to start as Ben Eubanks did, which is with your own HR blog. If you can write e-mail length messages and like sharing your ideas and experiences with others…then you’re in a great position to leverage the power of your very own HR blog.

For more details, check out. START YOUR OWN AWESOME HR BLOG: “The Absolute Beginner’s Guide To Launching Your Own Outrageously Successful Human Resources Blog …Easily, Quickly and Simply!”  You can get all the specifics by clicking HERE.

About the author: 
Alan Collins
is Founder of Success in HR, Inc. and the author of a variety of best selling books for HR professionals. He was formerly Vice President – Human Resources at PepsiCo where he led HR initiatives for their Quaker Oats, Gatorade and Tropicana businesses.