Naturally like all things this question is subjective. Do you just need to get some extra money as soon as possible? Or do you really want to start something that could create a ‘passive’ income down the line? Any shape, way or form of work has the ultimate goal of earning money or profit. Both options in our question can represent that.
However they are very different in that one (the job) is something direct where once you land the job you know when to start, what days and hours to work, how much you will earn and when you can expect to be paid. If you are in dire straits, between jobs, with extra expenses or whatever, then this is probably the answer for you.
With that said it is going to be a challenge energy and time-wise. You likely already spend a lot of time commuting to your main job and now you will be going from there to the 2nd job with probably little time to spare in between. You may be working a minimum of 12 hours and then add a few hours for commuting. Do that multiple times per week, per month, etc. You may have extra money at the ‘end of the day’ and hopefully you are still alive and in one piece to enjoy it.
Conversely if you want to start something long-term that may take a while to develop, then a home business may be the thing you need. Right off the top cut the commute time. While you have your scissors out cut the expense for commuting and if you have to pay for child care. Add back an hour or so to your life. We are already feeling more relaxed.
When developing a home business online you can actually ‘earn while you learn’ and there may be some programs or products that just sell right off the bat. This is very encouraging and can and does happen. However there are no guarantees. Again, if you need the total amount of money you expect to earn in a specific time-frame, then this is a gamble. It’s a good gamble and in the long-run can be a good, profitable option for you to earn extra money.
Your situation may even be such that you can do both! You can get the second, part-time job now to tide you over and once you have that routine flowing as well as possible, then in any spare time you may have you can start to research what kind of a home business you might like and do well with down the line. Then just take it slow.
Really an online business income is called ‘passive’ because once it is all set up you really don’t have to be there all the time like with a job or a store. So if you can just get it up and running you could actually do it all at once!