Working full-time and starting a business is no easy task. The amount of work and associated fatigue have both contributed to the reasons why so many start-ups throw in the towel. Trust me, I understand.
But while the process is difficult, it is not impossible. Here are five full-proof ways to manage your business while working full-time:
1. Develop a solid plan and stick to it
What I hear most from entrepreneurs is they have a gazillion ideas for their businesses; however, they lack an effective process to evaluate and implement their ideas. They end up frustrated because their business roadmap is all over the place, and they ultimately experience early burn-out (emotionally and financially) because they did not have a plan. For many people, planning is as much fun as smelling monkey poop at the zoo. Be that as it may, it is necessary and an essential element of using your time wisely.
2. Determine a schedule to get things done.
Even if you are working on your business through your lunch hour, you’ve already dedicated the greatest part of your day to your day job. If you have a family, there’s even less time to work on your business. When developing your schedule, carve out the exact days and times you are planning to work. Gain the support for your schedule from those involved (spouse, babysitter, housekeeper, etc.)
3. When necessary, outsource.
Focus your energies on those business tasks that create the highest value and evaluate what can be outsourced. Don’t be cheap when it comes to outsourcing; it’ll save you more time and lead to less stress in the long run. Take it from me; after spending countless hours on graphics for my business, I concluded that creating graphics was not the best use of my time. So, I procured the skills of someone with that specific talent.
4. Be okay with saying NO.
You will not be able to participate in everything. Many entrepreneurs make the mistake of running after every shiny object they see because they’re too afraid of missing out on an opportunity. The truth is some of these may not be the best opportunities for you. Does it align with your business plan? What does your gut instinct tell you to do? Be honest with yourself and be honest with others.
5. Have some downtime.
It’s work…it’s a lot of work! As part of your schedule, factor in some time for rest and play. Your family and friends need you and you need them, too.
Of course, life happens and you have to be flexible. But, don’t give up! Much success to you, my friends!
Angel Watkins is a Certified Project Manager, Business Coach and Consultant. She is passionate about achieving dreams, living out gifts and reaching the goals that God has set for her and the people she encounters in life. Her purpose is to assist others on the journey of building their businesses by being a reliable business partner and strategist. Are you ready to take your Leap OF Faith?, Connect with Angel to begin the journey.