Balancing Your Job & Your Business
Building a business while working a full-time job can prove to be a very difficult task. You are already working 40 hours a week at your job, travel time to and from work. Where are you supposed to find time to build your business, right?
Well here is the Gods honest truth. Building a business while working a full time job is HARD, but it is possible. I know that when you get off from your job, you just want to relax, spend time with friends, family or your loved ones. You want to grab a bite to eat or a glass of wine with friends and not think about another work task until the next morning, unless you’ve got a plan!
95% of the successful entrepreneurs I know built their businesses while working full time jobs, most with families, but they had to create a smart detailed plan in order to do so.
Here is what I mean:
- Before to launch out to build your business, take some time to really strategize your availability. Ask yourself, how much time can you really dedicate to building your business each week. For most of you, that won’t be much time because you are already slammed with a million things, BUT at least try to carve out some time
- Next, you need to evaluate what you are currently doing with your free time after work. What have you committed your time to in previous seasons that you may be able to step away from for a few years so that you can build your business. This won’t be a popular thing to do, but it is very necessary. If you are always leading group activities, home meetings, scheduling all of the trips or always the car pool mom or dad, maybe for a little while you can reach out to someone else. Again, this is not going to be easy because currently someone is relying on you to do what you have agreed to, but remember, just because you agree to something, doesn’t mean that you agree to it FOREVER!
Once you have started doing these things, its going to show you the actual time you have available to build your business. I understand that initially you are going to see the available time and want to spend it on other things, but its important that you create and stick with your plan.
This doesn’t mean that you have work 80 hours a week, but means you have to determine a strategic plan for yourself or you will look up a year later and realize you are no closer to your goal than the year before.