Hey there, thanks for stopping by to check out our latest blog post! We hope your new year is off to a great start. This month’s blog post takes you behind the scenes of being an entrepreneur while working full time. We hope to give you a little insight on how anything is possible if you set your mind to it.
We both have always loved a good challenge. We took a business simulation class at the end of our college career and we had to run our own shoe business. We both found the class to be super intriguing and it inspired us to get started on building our own business. We knew it was a crazy idea and it was going to be hard work, but we didn’t let that stop us. We’ve learned many lessons in our journey this far, but we want to share with you the top three. The importance of prioritizing tasks, setting realistic goals, and the need for financial security.
PRIORITIZE YOUR TIME
Working a full-time job and building a business on the side requires a lot of commitment and sacrifice. Time is one of the most challenging aspects. There are so many things we want to do to grow our business, but we don’t have enough time to do it all. Our weeknights and weekends are now dedicated to our business. Much of the time we used to have for ourselves, now goes to our business.
There aren’t enough hours in the day to get everything done. We’ve learned how crucial it is to schedule time for work and time for ourselves. Our family, friends and health are all important and if we don’t set aside the time for it, it’s likely not going to happen.
We figured out how important it is to wind down for the night, otherwise, our mind would spin for hours if we let it. We found that it helps to put the phone away and relax so we can get a good night’s sleep. It doesn’t take much to burn yourself out, so you have got to figure out a way to manage the time that you do have!
SET REALISTIC GOALS
It’s so hard not to compare our business to others. We naturally do this every day in just about everything we do. We've realized it's unfair to us to compare ourselves to others because not all situations are the same. We have to take a step back and remind ourselves that we work full-time still. Having patience is also so important. We’ve come to understand how building a business requires consistency, day in and day out. It doesn’t just happen overnight.
It’s challenging to work a full-time job all day, and then go home and try to find the motivation to work on the business. We’ve learned to set realistic goals, and only do what we can handle. It's helpful to pick three things to work on for the week, and to focus only on those. Being able to clearly see what our focus for the week is, has helped us get so much done without being so overwhelmed.
THE BEST OF BOTH WORLDS
We knew it wasn't ideal to quit our full-time jobs, and that it was wise to keep them while building our side business. We have much more confidence because we’re able to rely on that guaranteed income. Instead of worrying about the bills coming in and how we’re going to pay them, we're able to focus on perfecting our business. If things were to fall apart tomorrow, we know that we have our full-time jobs to fall back on. Our day jobs are our safety net if things don’t work out as planned. A little peace of mind at the end of the day, knowing we have a backup plan.
If you're reading this and have a dream to build your own business, we encourage you to take the first step, and go for it. It’s going to be a little scary at first but if you’re open to learning as you go and utilize your resources everything else will work itself out. If there is one thing you take away from this, we hope it's this. You can achieve great things in life by taking chances and doing things outside of your comfort zone. We challenge you to find someone to hold you accountable, keep a positive mindset, and work a little each day to meet your goals!
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