Working full-time and managing your daily life is never a simple task. If you’ve ever thought about starting an online business on the side for passion or for extra income, but then scrapped the idea because of time or money concerns, then never fear. You can still hold a full-time job alongside your online business, here are some helpful tips to get you started!
Don’t Cross Your Current Employer
Be sure to check all your legal requirements before you start your new business. Make sure it won’t interfere with your current full-time job, and that it doesn’t create any conflicts of interest with your current employer. Do your new online business elsewhere; otherwise, it may legally belong to your current company. Just be sure to make sure you know how your online business will be run in relation to your current job schedule so that there are no conflicts.
People often tell you to create a business plan, then immediately throw it away, as it will be of little to no use to you. Instead, you should first prioritize your time between your current full-time job, and whatever your new online business may be. Be sure not to conduct your online business on company time, as that is a conflict of interest. Still, be certain that you can manage your time between your business and your job.
Outsource What You Can, But Stay in Control
A side business and a full-time job can be a daunting task. It would be easier to achieve and manage if you didn’t have to work alone. Though you still want to exercise control and make sure it is YOUR business, sometimes a partner or an assistant can save your life! You don’t want to stretch yourself too thin. Just choose someone you can trust to ensure that your business runs smoothly while you are busy at your present job. A helping hand goes a long way!
Do Your Research
Whatever field your side business will be in, research the trends and movements of that market. Be sure you know what you’re getting into when starting a new business. Furthermore, be sure to research the best ways to promote your new business (without interfering with your current job). Look into whatever information you think may be useful in the start-up of your business and start making any online connections and gathering resources you think may be helpful.
Set Realistic Goals
Though this may sound repetitive, it is imperative at the start of your new business. You want to maintain a balance between your current job and new online business, which means knowing what you are capable of achieving. Starting your online business may be easy, but maintaining it will prove more difficult, so do not be too hard on yourself at first!
Don’t Give Up
Starting a new business can be daunting to anyone, not just a full-time working person, and the prospect of maintaining a 40+ hour workweek alongside your new business can prove ridiculously intimidating. Go for it anyway! Do the planning and the research, know what you want, set your goals, and achieve them! Your new business and your work life can exist in harmony, and you can achieve your goals!