Starting a home business while still employed can be intimidating at times. A busy work schedule and home life along with the pressures of starting a business are enough to raise anyone’s blood pressure. It can be accomplished, however, with a little patience, clear home business goals and a fresh cup of coffee.
Working Towards “Something”
The point of having a home business is that you’re working towards “something.” Whether you’d like to earn extra income to pay off debt, pay for future bills like college for the kids or become financially independent and quit your regular job, you obviously have some goals in mind. These goals are the driving force behind your business. Even when you’re tired and feel overwhelmed with tasks, your goals can keep you motivated.
Write your goals down and keep them in a visible location. You might want to hang them on the refrigerator, your computer or even on the bathroom mirror. Place them where you’re likely to see your goals on a daily basis.
Keeping your goals in mind will motivate you to work hard on those nights when you’d rather be sleeping.
Keep a Realistic Schedule/Time Management
Set a steady, but realistic work schedule for your home business. Plan specific times for marketing, financial assessments, website design adjustments and home office organization. For example, you might spend fifteen minutes per day marketing your online business. This doesn’t seem like a whole lot, but you’d be amazed at the results of doing this steadily. When you’re limited in time, you can’t afford to waste a moment. That’s why time management is so important.
Being realistic with your schedule is also crucial. Don’t work yourself into a coma. Plan your home business schedule while considering other aspects of your life. You don’t want to neglect your family or your primary source of income. If you can only work on your business five hours per week, then put forth your best effort during those five hours to make the most of it.
Capitolizing on the 9 to 5
One benefit of keeping your full-time job while building your home business is that you have a steady flow of funds. You’ll be able to put more money back into your business when you’re not depending on every dime to pay your bills. Even if you plan to eventually quit your regular job, your business can tremendously benefit from it while you do both.
If you find it difficult to work on your business at a steady pace, hiring others to help out on a part-time basis might be an option. Your spouse or an older child might be thrilled to help grow the business, or you might need to hire an outsider to do a few daily tasks. It really depends on your cash flow, business schedule and the demands of the business. Some home businesses are more demanding than others.
Although it can be stressful at times, you can successfully operate a home business while employed elsewhere. Follow these tips for home business success while working the 9 to 5.
To Your Success with Honesty, Integrity, and Honor!