How can you start a business and really follow your passion while you’re working full-time?
Things get even more complex when you add other responsibilities to the mix, like having children or other dependents who rely upon you.
It’s a bit of a conundrum really but every good puzzle has a solution.
To start, you need a few things:
- a business idea that not only helps others but brings you joy
- a complete assessment of how you spend your time each day
- willingness to set and keep boundaries around your time
- the ability to make and stick to a schedule—no excuses
Now, let’s break down each of these needs.
A business idea that not only helps others but brings you joy.
If your business idea does not improve the lives of others, then it will probably will not go far. Appealing to the wants or needs of a particular audience is paramount to the success of any business.
I delve into finding business ideas that have real impact in a later post—become an insider to find out when that post is published.
Furthermore, if you have a business idea that fills you with excitement and joy, then when you need to get up at 3:30am to put in an extra hour of time into your business, it will become easier to avoid hitting the snooze button on the alarm.
A complete assessment of how you spend your time each day.
A lack of time is the issue, here is the first step to finding it.
You may not want to hear this but you have the time. You simply need to shift and refocus in order to find it.
The first step is to spend the next two weeks cataloging how you spend your time each day.
Tip: If you work full-time, then there is at least 30-60 minutes each day that you can find to work on your business—ahem, lunch break.
After taking note of how you spend your time each day, a few things should become clear. For example, there are times that you might spend commuting to and from work. If you drive, that would be the perfect time to listen to a podcast that’s related to the business you want to start.
It could also mean going to bed at 8:30pm in order to get the rest you need to start your day at 3:30am.
Find the hours throughout your day that you can repurpose into building your business. Then move on to the planing phase.
Willingness to set and keep boundaries around your time
I hate to be the bearer of bad news but the expert level time wasters are usually those we care about the most. Those dinner pop-ups and random errands that push your 8:30pm bedtime to 10:30pm, yes, those need to stop.
If you are not clear with those around you that your schedule is crucial then they will never know.
It might ruffle some feathers in the beginning but eventually, when everyone understands where the boundaries are around your time and your unwillingness to budge just to accommodate their whims, then they will stop “whimming” your way.
Instead, you will notice the they too start respecting your boundaries by setting appointments, dates and placing advance requests to spend time with you.
This in turn gives you even more power to decide how your time is spent.
The ability to make and stick to your schedule—no excuses
You can have an awesome business idea, a complete assessment of how you spend your time and a willingness to set boundaries but in the end if you flake on your “work-after-work” schedule, then you’re a bad boss. A bad boss to yourself, and even worse it might show that you’re not as invested in the idea of having a business as you might think you are.
Creating and sticking to schedules is one of the bedrocks of success.
In the end, your ability to manage your time, especially if your working full time, is the key to starting and developing an impactful business.
In a future post, I will share a few other bedrocks that are a part of developing and impactful business. Become an Insider to find out when.
Much success to you, and remember I believe in you, now it’s your turn to believe in yourself.