When you work full time, you may think you don’t have time to run a business. However, many, including myself, actually started their businesses while working full-time. Starting your business while working full time has many benefits, however, there are also many challenges. When potential entrepreneurs consult with me, I typically hear the same concerns. This post will address one of those concerns: that of becoming overwhelmed by one or both endeavors. This is a valid concern, however there are steps you can take to ensure the running a business and working full time won’t bowl you over.
- Delegate, delegate, delegate: This was one of the hardest things for me to do, yet one of the most fulfilling when I took the leap of faith and hired my first team member. I was unsure of the integrity and work ethic of those I might hire. However, if you have a good hiring process, you will weed out bad candidates quickly, so that they don’t ruin your reputation. Look for team members who are looking to truly add value to your business and help your clients. You don’t want team members who only want some extra, while providing sub-par work. When you find stellar team members, don’t micro-manage, unless you see a problem. Allow good workers to manage things, while you are working your full time job and you won’t regret it.
- Schedule a day off: Take a day that is just for you. Don’t work on the business or the full time job. This will help prevent overwhelm as well. You’ll find that you come back to both your business and your job refreshed when you’ve had a day solely dedicated to yourself and the people and activities you love. If you can extend this to more than one day by all means do so!
- Automate processes: Once you’ve got a system down pat, either in your business or on your full time job, find a way to automate the process. Automating things and creating systems, will ensure you can enjoy free time during your work day. This too will help prevent overwhelm.
What suggestions do you have for those who want to run a business, while working full time?
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