10 Tips For Building A Business While Working A Full-Time Job
Think it can’t be done?
I’ve successfully launched my own business while working a full-time job. Here are my top ten tips to help you do the same!
1. TREAT YOUR BUSINESS LIKE A BUSINESS
If you treat it like a hobby, it will pay you like a hobby. If you treat it like a business, it will pay you like a business.
2. BE PREPARED TO GIVE UP MOST OF YOUR PERSONAL TIME
Time that you used to spend watching tv, taking a nap, going to happy hour with your friends…it’s gonna have to go on the back burner….for now. Ask yourself if how you are spending your time is moving you closer to reaching your goals – if it’s not, re-evaluate if you could be spending your time doing something that would.
3. SET BUSINESS HOURS AND STICK TO THEM
When you have a lot going on in your day, it’s important to schedule time into it to work on your business. Treat that time like any other appointment on your calendar – you wouldn’t no-show at a doctor’s appointment, would you? On the other hand, it can also be easy to spend every waking moment (and then some) on your business when you’re first getting started. You’re most likely incredibly passionate about what you’ve chosen to do, and it can’t happen fast enough, right? 🙂 But it’s still important for you to spend time with your family and friends, recharge your batteries, and get some sleep too!
4. MAKE THE MOST OF EVERY MINUTE
There are so many little chunks of time throughout the day that put together add up to a lot of extra time! Are you getting ready for work, driving home from the office, cooking dinner, folding laundry…? Listen to training or personal development to help grow the skills that you need as the owner of your business. Are you sitting in the waiting room at the doctor’s office, or in the carpool line to pick up your kids? Thanks to smartphones, you can work your business from pretty much anywhere!
5. AVOID DISTRACTIONS
Multitasking reduces your productivity by 40%! Focus on the task at hand, and don’t move on to the next until you have completed it. Minimize the potential distractions while doing so, and get comfortable with ignoring them as they pop up. That phone call, text message, email, or Facebook notification can wait…I promise!
6. IMPLEMENT SYSTEMS
The faster that you can streamline certain activities in your business, the faster you can scale it, saving time and increasing revenue. More time and more money = a very good thing 🙂
7. OUTSOURCE AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE
As efficient as you may get with your time, there are still only so many hours in a day. Anything that does not absolutely positively require YOU to complete…outsource to someone else if at all possible. Get your family involved! They’ll have a better understanding of what you’re spending so much time on and feel more involved and accepting of it. There are also plenty of websites out there where you can hire help at a reasonable price. If you don’t have the money to spend hiring someone right now, see what kind of trade for goods or services you might be able to make.
8. SET REALISTIC AND MEASURABLE GOALS
You’re going to get frustrated with how slowly things are moving due to your lack of time available to spend on your business. Achieving small wins, frequently, will help keep you motivated and moving forward in the right direction.
9. ATTEND NETWORKING EVENTS
It’s incredibly important for you to surround yourself with like-minded people. Only 10% of the population has what it takes to build a successful business, so there are a lot of people out there who won’t be able to relate to you and your goals. People will either inspire you or they will drain you, so choose who you surround yourself with wisely.
10. VISUALIZE YOURSELF HAVING ALREADY ACHIEVED THE LEVEL OF SUCCESS THAT YOU ARE STRIVING FOR
If you can’t picture yourself in your own mind being extremely successful, dominating your market, and running a phenomenal business…then chances are you never will.
Starting your business while working a full-time job is definitely not easy, but it is definitely worth it! When you feel like quitting, remember WHY you started!