How To Start A Business (Without Quitting Your Day Job)

So you’ve got a full time job that pays the bills, but also a passion you want to persue. 

It has become a lot easier to start a side gig. Say goodbye to the “risk it all and win big” strategy - and hello to playing it sage. Here is how to start your dream business while keeping your full time job. 

SCHEDULE LIKE A BOSS | FOLLOW IT LIKE A NEW EMPLOYEE

You probably could of guessed this was going to be my first point. There is a reason it’s in every entrepreneur’s handbook. If you’re not organized, you’ll be even more scatter brained in your side job than you are in your full time job. 

It is so vital to your success that you make a schedule and you stick to it! Spend Sunday night like a boss, creating your week schedule, so on Monday “employee” you can get to work! 

SEPARATE YOUR TO DO LISTS

Does thinking about your to-do lists sometimes give you a panic attack? If you answered: heck yes! you’re not alone. That was definitely me on Sunday nights. To fixed that problem, I came up with column to do list that keeps me organized and ensures minimal freak outs. 

This worksheet is broken down into: 

  1. FULL TIME WORK: Everything I need to get done this week within my full time position.
  2. SIDE HUSTLE WORK: Everything I need to get done this week within my side hustle. 
  3. PERSONAL: Everything I need to get done this week within my personal life.
  4. IMPORTANT TO NOTE:  For the important things I need to get done in the near future (not necessarily this week) that pop in my head that I don’t want to forget about. 

REVISIT YOUR ORIGIN

It can be easy to get overwhelmed (and even burnt out) when you have a full time job and you’re an entrepreneur. Ask yourself frequently “What made me start this thing in the first place?” If the answer isn’t motivating you or setting your soul back on fire, maybe it’s time to rethink your side hustle. 

START SMALL

“Don’t compare the beginning of your journey, to the middle of someone else’s.” You want to dream big with your side hustle, but you don’t over extend yourself. Be reasonable with your time management and spending right off the bat. It is key to set yourself up for success, not failure. 

Example: Instead of jumping into a brick and mortar store, start with an online shop. Try a Shopify or Squarespace store. Or maybe instead of selling physical products, sell your services. Whatever works best for you! 

careerAlexis Shaak