5 Tips to Be an Entrepreneur AND Work a Full-Time Job

Jamie Fleetwood Uncategorized 2 Comments

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Are you working a nine to five, but feel your entrepreneurial spirit starting to break through to the surface? It’s okay to want to get off the current road you’re on and change directions.

Very few companies that found incredible success today were started by people who had no other commitments. Rather they were built in basements and garages…. and more importantly, while the founder was still employed and hard at work at another company.

1. Think Of Your Job As A Blessing

Know that your job is not some dead weight holding you back. Your job is the gasoline that will keep your entrepreneurial dreams and spirits alive and thriving while you are building your side project.

Where would you be without that paycheck? You’d  be out there spending all your time trying to raise the money you need, rather than spending your precious time perfecting your business venture. So please, do yourself a favor and stop thinking of your job as something that is dragging you down. Instead, think of your nine to five as your partner that is holding you up until the time is right to shut the door.

2. Maximize Your Time

Of course, that nine to five does have a great disadvantage, being that it’s 40 hours of time you’re spending working on something else that is not your number-one priority.

There are 168 hours in a week. Your job takes up 40, your sleep takes up 56, and you are still left with 72 hours to do as you wish. Meaning you have 72 hours to build your business.

Of course, you have other obligations. I know. I get it. You need food. You need to take care of your kids. However, you don’t need Netflix. You don’t need CNN. You don’t need to check Instagram or Facebook every hour.

Find ways to maximize your time. Whether it’s waking up an hour earlier or staying up an hour later. Maybe less meals at a restaurant and more prepped meals at home.

It’s time to start asking yourself, “How can I manage the abundance of free time I have better?”

3. Focus On Daily Imperative Action

Successful businesses are built on consistent imperative action taken daily. Working hard isn’t enough. It needs to be imperative work, done on a daily basis.

This does not include busy work such as checking emails, phone calls, etc. You only have so many hours to work on your business venture outside of your nine to five job, so make them count. Take consistent imperative action, daily.

4. Outsource What You Can

What can you do? What can you do that no one else can do?

Do that. Everything else, outsource.

5. Use Your Job As Fuel

Peak performance is predicated upon an intense reason to perform. You quite possibly could hate your job, and that’s not a bad thing! Use that as your fuel, your kick in the rear to motivate yourself to operate at your peak performance.

  • When that annoying alarm clock goes off two hours earlier than usual — use your job as the fuel to jump out of bed.
  • When you find yourself plagued with writer’s block and can’t decide what to write next — use your job as the fuel to keep writing.
  • When you feel the fear, and you don’t want to make that important sales call — use your job as the fuel to overcome your fear.

Whatever you need to accomplish for your business venture to drive forward, use your day job as the motivation to push through.

Do any of you currently work a full-time job and are starting a side business? Do you have any additional tips? Please share in the comment section below!

Comments 2

  1. walker crystal

    I was working a day job but i recently quit to pursue my business full time. I was at the point where i couldn’t give my day job my full effort because i had to make and return alot of phone calls and sign and deliver deliver paperwork during 8-5 when most other businesses are open. And i was working a construction job where i couldnt get to my phone or hear it most of the time. I dont regret it at all, now that i can devote even more time to building my business its like i can identify more opportunities because i am focused on one thing rather than deviding my focus all day long. This also gives me more time to spend with family and friends.

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