Ways To Balance Your Business and 9-5
The more you learn about what it takes to create and maintain a quality business, the more expenses will arise. You might realize that having a day job could be what you need to take your business to the next level. Day jobs are great for providing money to keep your every day expenses in check and brings your dreams to life. The trick is learning how to balance your 9-5 and your business.
You’ll need determination and dedication because it won’t be easy. A large portion of your time will be spent at your day job and very little working on your business. There will be days when you wish you were at home working on the new idea you just came up with, just to finally get home and be too tired to work on it. It’s important to not forget your vision. When you like a job, and the pay is great, it is easy to forget your dreams and fall into the grasp of complacency or if you’re in a financial hard spot and your job is draining you, it can be tough to stay encouraged and believe that one day will accomplish your dreams.
Once again, don't forget your vision. What helps me is to think about the life I don’t want. I know that's a negative twist. Most people will tell you to envision a life that you do want. Although, I do have many daydreams and Pinterest boards dedicated to my dream living situation, financial goals and more, what really get’s me going is the fear of not sticking with my dreams. What would life be like if I abandoned the purpose, God has gifted me with? I usually think about the possibility of barely making money at a job that I hate or just tolerate -- existing and not living. I know that visual is a little extreme, but the truth is people are more likely to give up and have their lives look similar to that than move forward with their dreams. That visual scares me more than the potential failure of one of my ideas. It reminds me that no matter if I don’t try daily that’s where I could end up and that’s a place I refuse to be.
You’ll also have to become better at time management. Luckily I can eat food at my desk, so I bring food with me to work to eat whenever and utilize my hour lunch break for taking quick meetings, research or whatever else I can get done. I’ve also downloaded apps that allow me to do work from my phone if I have to or I use automation software. I delegate certain tasks to automation software over the weekend or when I get off so that while I’m at work it can complete the tasks. It usually takes me about an hour or 2 to set up, but it can accomplish a week or longer worth of work while I’m away. Some of these tools can be pricey but remember the whole point of getting a job is so you can more so invest in your business. If you’re still not ready to spend a lot of money, you can try the free versions. Check out some of my fave tools.
Speaking of money, it’s also important to have a financial plan. Since you’ll have extra money, it’ll be tempting to splurge. Try the invest first; splurge the last method. I write down a list of essential things I need to pay for like bills, software or courses then I write down things I want. Paying for things that are essential first has helped me avoid accidentally over spending when I’m out with friends and forgetting that that money was for was already spoken for. Also the quicker I buy the things I need; first, the shorter my need list becomes which means I can make more room for wants and savings in the future.
Entrepreneurship isn’t for the faint of heart. Even if it’s your calling, there will be things you don’t want to do, but it’s worth it. To be honest I miss my days of working from home, but I have seen my financial and business situation improve for the better. One thing I want you to take away is you aren’t any less of an entrepreneur because you have a day job. I know on social media it seems if you’re aren’t laptop living you aren’t a boss, but that type of lifestyle can suck if you aren’t financially stable. Before when I was working from home I had a long list of things I wanted to do business wise that I couldn’t because I could barely afford my bills. Now, I have accomplished in 2 months what would have taken me several months without a day job. Do what works for you without shame and keep your eyes on your vision.