One of the biggest questions I see when people want to start a business or blog is how to start a side business when you work full time. It’s not easy only to be made more difficult if you have a family to care for as well.
The one thing that stops most people from starting their own side business is lack of time. The problem with this type of mentality is there is always time just a lack of management. If starting a side business is something that your really want you can manage all of it.
There are several ways that you can make this process easier. First, you need to figure out exactly what it will take to make this business successful. Do your research for a few weeks, just don’t get sucked into analysis paralysis. This will prevent you from actually starting your business because you will spend so much time just analyzing what it takes to make it succeed.
How To Start A Side Business When You Work Full Time
In order to start a business there are 5 things you need to do. Set a schedule, manage your priorities, pick your sacrifices, setting detailed goals, and learn to ask for help.
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Pick Your Sacrifices
The first thing you will need to do and probably the hardest thing is picking which tasks you will give up. There are some things in your life that you will probably need to give up.
These could be small things like watching TV. They could be bigger things too like certain cleaning habits that get changed.
You can do things like only vacuum once a week instead of every day. That extra 30 minutes daily will go a long way into completing a few business tasks.
I recommend creating a list of all your daily, weekly, and monthly tasks. Put a little star next to the most important tasks that you cannot stop doing. Put circles next to the ones that you can do less to save time.
By figuring out where you can pull time from you can dedicate more time to starting and running your side business. No matter if the business is just a side hustle or if you are looking to turn this into your full time job at some point this is a crucial step to making more time.
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The next step in how to start a side business when you work full time is figuring out your priorities. Now when most people set priorities they lump their entire life together and pick from everything. This is not what you are going to do.
The best thing to do is separate out each individual part of your life. The things that make your life as busy as it is. Your job, your family, and now your side business are all separate parts of your life. So set priorities in each section.
Pick your most important tasks in each of these areas. These are the things that no matter what you have to dedicate time to. This will help you to determine exactly what is most important to you so that when times get busy you can pick from the tasks at hand and determine where your attention is really needed.
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Create and Stick to a Schedule
This is the part that most people fall down on. If they create a schedule they will most likely at some point stop following that schedule. They go over by 5 minutes here, cut 30 minutes there. When this happens they end up spending a lot more time doing things that are not as necessary.
You need to set time for each of your major priorities. If you work during the day and spend the afternoons with your family than the evenings need to be set aside for business. Be careful of trying to mix any of them.
You don’t want to be working on your business while you are sitting at work. Likewise you don’t want to be splitting your focus by working on your business while playing with your kids. This not only hurts your business and makes you less productive, it hurts your kids too. Children crave your undivided attention.
So pick times that normally work best for each major part in your life. Dedicate yourself to focusing on only the tasks within that major part of your life. This will greatly increase your productivity.
Always be willing to adjust your schedule as needed so that you can attend to emergencies. I find it helpful to only actually plan out my schedule at most a week in advance. This leaves room for last minute engagements that are needed.
Set Detailed Goals
These detailed goals will act more like an action plan than just goals written down on a piece of paper. It’s more than just “accomplish this by this date.” It’s what exactly it takes to accomplish the main goal. If the main goal is a successful blog your daily goals are write and post a blog post.
By setting smaller daily goals you are setting yourself up for success in reaching those long term goals. A detailed actionable goal will help you in finding success as you move forward in your business.
An actionable goal should be a goal that provides information to the actions you need to take to reach the goal. Writing 1 blog post every day for a month. Creating a new product every week. By creating these actionable daily or weekly goals you gain focus on the tasks at hand. You have a goal that you need to push for.
Ask For Help
Listen, starting a side business no matter what the ultimate goal of it is is a difficult task. You need to learn to ask for help. If the house needs to be cleaned but you have a deadline looming, ask your husband to help. If your business needs your attention call in a babysitter.
This is all about learning to delegate tasks so that you can get more done. Of course if you are going to delegate learn to actually delegate. Don’t hand out tasks and then stand over the person doing them. Trust that they can do it and go do what you need to do.
Even if it’s not in your nature to ask for help it’s important to learn to do it. Even a side business will require a bit of attention until you have it running on manual. There is no such thing as fully passive income. Everything requires time and attention in order to make it successful.
By asking for help you are then able to focus on the tasks that need to get done in your business. Also, don’t be afraid to ask for help within your business, or even just so you can get some time for yourself.
In order to build a business while you are working full time there are a few things that you need to do. You need to pick what tasks you currently have will be sacrificed and you need to set priorities. You need to create a stick to a schedule, set detailed goals that are actionable, and you need to learn to ask for help.
By doing these things you can focus on building your side business while you work. You’ll be more focused as you work towards each task and far more productive.
What side business are you planning on starting and building? Let me know in the comments below. Follow me on social media and be sure to share this with your other work at home friends.