HOW TO BALANCE A GROWING BUSINESS + FULL-TIME JOB
A week or so ago I wen't to Instagram and Twitter to ask you guys what you found most difficult when starting your business or blog. And a TON of you said that you needed help finding time to actually work on your business while still working your day job. As much as I would like to console you and tell you that it is really easy to do, the honest truth is that it is REALLY hard. When I was working my full time job while building my business it was the hardest year of my life! BUT it isn't impossible to do and I know all of you are fully capable of making it happen (because you are all strong determined women). It all boils down to SACRIFICE. What things are you willing to give up in order to devote more time to your business? Here are a few things that I had to adjust to and that I think will help you in your journey.
1. Think about where your extra time is going and use it wisely! If you are spending four hours on the couch watching Netflix, pick up your laptop and work on your biz while you're listening to the tv. Waiting at the doctors office or for your hair appointment? Take out your notebook and start brain storming new ideas for your blog or business. You'll be amazed at how much you can get done when you occupy that down time. I even used my lunch breaks at work to answer emails and update social media.
2. Stay home a little more. I told you making time for your business is all about making sacrifices. This includes going home to work on your business after work instead of enjoying happy hour and working on your business on your days off instead of lounging with friends. In the early stages of my biz I rarely wen't out (and not just because I'm a homebody). But because I worked all day & I still wanted to devote the rest of my down time to my business. Even if it was just something as small as researching new materials to use. Your real friends and family members will understand, TRUST ME!
3.Start small to test how much you can handle. If you are working 40 hours a week at your day job then you probably can't handle taking on 12 clients. By starting small you are able to work both your day job and build your business without stressing yourself out. Once you get a good schedule down packed you can begin to grow from there.
4. Don't be afraid to ask for help. If you begin to get extremely overwhelmed with keeping up with your business and your day job don't be afraid to reach out for help from those around you. You could have your family and friends over to help you pack up orders or maybe even go as far as hiring an intern to keep up with your social media. I know we are all strong independent sistahs out here but we all need help every once in awhile.
5. Work smarter, not harder. We live in a world full of tools that we can use to make our lives easier. There are a ton of different apps that can help you stay organized and do things that would normally take all day to do (ex: updating social media) Use these tools to your benefit!
6. Go part-time. I know this isn't an option for everyone (it definitely wasn't for me) but if you are in a position where you can switch to part time at your day job then I encourage it! This will give you more time to focus on your business while still bringing in a steady income.
7. Have a plan and an end goal. I'll just assume that since you are running your own business that means you are planning to ditch your day job eventually. This tip won't really help you with managing your time but by having a goal and an action plan to help you transition over to full time entrepreneurship will make working both a full time job and running a business a whole lot easier. Not to mention it will keep you motivated!
Be prepared to work your butt off folks, especially if your end goal is to work for yourself full time. Juggling a 9 to 5 with your business is no joke and will become stressful and very exhausting but you can do it! Keep your mind set on your ultimate goal and I promise it will be more than worth it in the end! Also don't forget to give yourself a break, it is so easy to get caught up in all the work you have to do but you are human and you need rest and time spent with family & friends. Remember your health and sanity should always be top priority.
Are you currently juggling a day job with your business/blog? How do you manage your time?