Are you thinking about starting a small business around your full time job?
Well, I’d say go for it! If your project is something you are passionate about; that passion will drive you to success! For me my business feels less like work and more like a hobby. The money I earn from it is just an added perk aside from the great things I get out of it; including meeting like minded people and helping to make my clients lives better.
As a small business, balancing a full time job whilst starting up a small venture can be tough. It helps to be organised and not become overwhelmed by your to-do list! In full time work, completing small tasks whilst on a lunch break like marketing via Twitter or updating your business page on Facebook can make all the difference. Tasks like these may not seem a lot but by building your social media presence you are getting your business name out there. I have personally found that social media is the best platform for which to do this. Being smart with social media means I can focus on engaging with the right market whilst being responsible with the limited finance I have available.
Time management is key
The main challenge you will face juggling your full time career and your start-up, will most likely be how much time you should focus on your small business. It will be a balance which is important to get right. If you are anything like me, you will find it hard to tear yourself away from your computer and give yourself downtime. Due to work commitments, I make sure I dedicate one day of my weekend to my business, as well as a couple of hours each evening. From replying to emails to getting lost in the world of Pinterest, it all helps to whittle down the many tasks on my list.
Plan, plan and plan!
As far as planning is concerned it is a critical aspect to any success you will have. I am lucky that my work life compliments my business. Being in a management role, I have a little more free reign on the days I have off. This may be a little harder if your work is strict but this all depends on what type of business it is you want to start up. It is important for me to be free weekends; this wouldn’t be a problem in your in a 9-5 job in the week. If your business is solely online then you can pretty much pick it up whenever you are not in work, so this would also be an ideal scenario.
Your job as a safety net
If you aren’t in a rush to build an empire of a business then being organised, managing your time well and being practical can provide you with a safety net if things don’t quite go to plan. It also allows you to test the water before committing to it full time. You can run it at your own pace and I find that as long as you get back to customers swiftly you should be in a good place to build solid foundations for your business.
If you are passionate you can make it work!
If you possess the drive, passion and belief for your business to succeed then you can make the time to create something better, even if it means giving up a few social dates in your diary and juggling that full time security net!