How do I keep my 9-to-5 job while starting a business?

Jul, 31 2023

Understanding Your Current 9-to-5 Job and Aspiring Business

I can already hear Maximilian, my über-intelligent German shepherd, whining at the inkling of this topic. How can one possibly juggle between a 9-to-5 job and a budding business venture? Are there really enough hours in a day for this? Well, my dear friends, let me tell you that it's not just about the hours in a day, but how you use them. In my early blogging career, my wife Fiona and I were working day jobs while I was launching this blog. Our days started early and ended late, and every free moment was spent pumping life into what we hoped would become a successful business. With careful planning, strategic time management, and a lot of coffee, you can make it work.

Time Management – Master the Art

Time management is not just a fancy term used by CEOs of high profile companies. It's a practice any individual could and should master. The thing is, if you don't control your time, it will surely control you. And juggling between a job and a business requires some nifty footwork. Identify your most productive hours and allocate them towards creating or developing your business. Making a detailed schedule and sticking to it helps tremendously in this regard. Remember, this isn't just about managing your time; it's about maximizing it.

Build a Solid Support Network

Admit it, you can't do it all. You'll require a support network, a handful of people who believe in your passion and are ready to lend a helping hand. Fiona was my rock when I was kick-starting this blog. And I even had support from an unexpected quarter - Maximilian! Yes, my fiercely loyal German Shepherd kept me company during those long nights. A solid support network helps you divide the tasks, bounce off ideas and retains your sanity during this challenging phase.

Employ Technology for Boosting Productivity

With the advent of technology, multitasking has never been easier. There are countless tools and apps that help you streamline your tasks, manage teams, and even automate certain processes. Maximizing your productivity using technology helps you find balance, time-wise and sanity-wise. Trust me, after dealing with some of the more complicated blogging algorithms, you'll appreciate a good productivity application.

Emotions – Keep Check on them

Launching a business while managing a job is no cakewalk. You'll have days where your patience will be tested, your motivation will wane, and you'll be an emotional wreck. And that's okay, don't beat yourself up! Remember why you embarked on this dual journey in the first place. Take regular breaks, pamper yourself to some self-care routines, and keep that positivity alive. Even a walk in the park with your beloved pet or a candlelit dinner with your spouse can go a long way in recharging your batteries.

Financial Planning – Don't Neglect

Let's talk finances. Having a steady job while you're starting a business offers the financial security you'll need. Your regular paycheck can fund your business, and if things go south, you'll have something to fall back on. However, financial planning becomes crucial in such a scenario. You don't want to be left penniless prioritizing one over the other. Plan your finances, set a budget for your venture and remember, "A penny saved is a penny earned."

Take the Leap – But Only When Ready

Finally, the moment of truth will arrive when you'll have to make a decision between your job and your business. Unless your business has begun generating consistent and reliable income, don't rush to quit your job. There's nothing wrong with taking your time to thoroughly establish your business before making it your only stream of income. Sage decisions always pay off!

Keeping your 9-to-5 while launching your business can be likened to walking a tightrope. It will require balance, dedication, discipline, and some pretty tough choices. But remember, the journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. I did it, and so can you! So strap up, take a deep breath, and embark on this exciting dual journey armed with these tips!