If you have always had a dream to start a business and be your own boss you should absolutely go for it!! It is easier today more than ever to enter the market place without the traditional barriers and the amount of potential customers is growing daily. However, there seems to be this all or nothing mentality where you quit your job immediately, jump all in, burn the bridges and the boats and sink or swim when starting a business. For most us that strategy is just too risky, we have families or bills to pay and let's face it, we need some room to fail at the beginning, to learn and adjust, that's part of the process.
So, please move forward with your business, do not let anything stop you, but minimize your risk and downside. Stay in your full-time job that keeps your bills paid and food on the table and start working on your business on the side and grow it slowly over time. Rome wasn't built in a day and neither will be your business.
Make no mistake, this won't be easy, this will be commitment on your side along with a significant time investment that you are going to need to make. And in this case you will have to ensure you keep yourself motivated to continue on. But how bad do you want the life you want? An investment now can change your future. Or think of it this way, what happens if you change nothing? Where will you be in 2, 5, 10 years….same spot? But ask yourself ~ What if I go for it and I succeed? Then where would I be in 2, 5, 10 years? You get the picture.
With all that said, here are 5 strategies to help you cope as you start your business while working full-time:
This is probably the most important thing to consider and work on if you are going to be successful in your business. For women especially we have so many limiting beliefs that have become ingrained in our subconscious and we tend to talk ourselves out of what we want to do the most. In order to have the ability to continue making progress on our business as time passes and as things get difficult you need to be able to overcome this. To help you do this I have provided you a great podcast episode below from Jenna Kutcher that will walk you through the top limiting beliefs that are holding you back and how to get move past them.
I know that I have talked about the importance of visualization in other posts and I bring it up here again because it is crucial to your success. If you are going to be get through the difficult times (And trust me there will be some) and give up some short term pleasures for long term results you are going to need dreams that inspire you to take action every day. You need to remind yourself of the big picture, and why you are doing this and what it will mean in your life. I suggest:
For a more detailed explanation on visualization and manifesting your dreams along with a free printable guide check out my previous post ~ HERE
3. Plan it.
What are the major steps that you need to take in order to start your business and reach your goals. This will seem like a massive endeavor but in order to keep it under control you are then going to "chunk" those major projects down into manageable tasks. For example, let's say one of your major milestones is to create a website for your business. Some examples of how you would break down this task into smaller actions is:
Now each step is manageable and does not seem so daunting and you can track how each step is bringing your closer to your ultimate goal and you have a clear overall plan to follow.
Then, on Sunday each week create your plan for the following week. Consider your work schedule and family responsibilities and be realistic. Then schedule the tasks you will do for your business into your calendar tackling the highest leverage item first for each milestone, if they are not in your schedule they are not real!
If you want to see the exact process with examples on how to do this check out the video below. It is based on the Tony Robbins rapid learning method and goes through how to take your major goals and break them down into a manageable process.
4. Leverage Technology
Why not benefit from all of the new tools there are available for free online to help you better leverage your time? There are so many solutions available out there that you have probably never heard of, you just need to look for it. Schedule a block of time to research what tools are available for your specific needs to make the process easier, you will be surprised by what you find. To get you started here is a list of free tools that you could utilize for your small business:
5. What is if were Easy?
I heard this advice on multiple different mediums from Tim Ferris and I found it so profound. He says, every time you are going to approach a task as yourself ~ What if it were easy?
Every time we look at taking on a new project our mind immediately goes to all of the challenges, the difficulties, the unknown and you are automatically in a position of stress. But when you seriously ask yourself this question you are re-framing it in a way that sets you up for success. So take a block of uninterrupted time to brainstorm in your journal all of the ways that you could easily accomplish your goal.
Check out this interview with Chase Jarvis and Tim Ferris where he discusses this method more in detail, starting at 9:35.
I really hope you pursue your dreams of starting your own business. And, being the smart lady that you are, that you do so while minimizing your risk. Implementing the above steps will help you cope as you juggle between your responsibilities and will give you the clarity and mental courage to move ahead while you,
Design YOUR Life ~ Be Authentic. Be You. Be Sharp
Please reach out, I would love your feedback. Did you find this helpful? What tools do you use to help you build your business while working a full time job?