There are a lot of people who work a regular 9 to 5 job who are dreaming about their passion. So what kind of road blocks are stopping you from starting that new side gig and launching your dream career?
Years can go by until we finally realize that we just need to take that one step to get things started. The good news is there are many people out there who are successfully managing a family, career, and their own venture. With discipline and determination you can create a plan that works for you to build toward a more fulfilling future in work.
The Millennial generation has helped bring the startup and freelance mindset into the mainstream. In fact, Bentley University reports that 66 percent would like to start their own business and 33 percent prefer to work for themselves. The university also points out that this younger generation prefers a more flexible work schedule, and to not be tied down to a 9 to 5 routine.
The change in landscape has opened more doors for employers to be receptive to their employees starting their own businesses or working freelance. As online work continues to expand it’s a great time to get started on what you are passionate about.
Are you ready to launch your side gig yet? Here’s a few tips on how to get started without losing momentum:
Prioritize your day
Many of us take on activities that really don’t amount to much or help more our lives forward. What things are taking up your valuable time? This could be watching too much television, spending a lot of personal time on social media, over committing yourself, ect.. Take an inventory of what’s been going on in your day and cut out the unnecessary items to make room for your side job. If you find that your day is efficient enough you may want to consider getting up one or two hours earlier or staying up late an hour or two in order to accomplish your goals.
Set up a budget
When you’re just starting out you may or may not have some operating costs that go along with your new venture. This might include a tablet or notebook, a separate phone for your business, Internet access, and so on. Create a workable plan that will best fit your current budget and create financial boundaries in order to not be tempted to overspend. Additionally, as a solopreneur you may want to discuss any tax write offs that could be a benefit for you or go through the proper legal channels to set up an LLC or S-Corp if your business is a startup.
Ramp up social media
The best social networks to be currently engaging on are Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn and Pinterest. These are the main essential platforms to build a following whether you are going to be using your own name or a branded one. If you already have some of these in place start posting and tweeting today! Use a scheduling service like Hootsuite or Buffer to map out your content and sites like Feedly to find topics suitable to your industry. I also use Google Plus to gather information and ideas to share along with Brainyquote for daily sayings to tweet to my audience.
Tell your boss
It’s never good to keep secrets from your employer. Transparency goes a long way in building trust — let them know what you’re doing and how this can benefit their company. If you’re blogging, for example, maybe you could help contribute to their company blog as well? The skills that you are using on your side job could tie right into your current position. And who knows? Maybe they would have some contacts or ideas that could help you along. If you feel your management is not approachable find out the person who can be trusted to share your business with.
After a while when things start to pick up speed you may want to consider hiring someone to help you along — places like Fiverr, UpWork, Task Rabbit, 99Designs, and Craigslist can help you find an affordable freelancer who can help you with design, marketing, coding, web development, and more.
Don’t give up on setbacks
Sometimes it may take a few months in order to start seeing any profit or visibility with your new side gig. Don’t allow this to stop you from moving forward until you start to see a breakthrough. There will be mistakes made and lessons learned along the way — all of these are stepping stones to fine tune your career. As you take daily action steps you will succeed if you don’t give up!
Learn from others
Find mentors in your industry who are doing what you want to do. This may mean signing up for a class or webinar, but the knowledge and expertise are invaluable. If you can personally connect with someone and ask them to share their advice then that would be ideal — but most of us don’t have that opportunity. It may take a little research in the beginning, but find at least one leader in your industry who can help you to move forward and plan things out correctly. Take advantage of professional groups on LinkedIn, Reddit, and Facebook and connect with other like-minded people in your niche. Also check out any relevant Twitter chats where you can ask questions about how to become successful while working full-time and part-time for yourself.
Take a break in between
Having a second job with you as the employer can be time intensive, especially if you are raising a family. Include in your schedule what matters the most with your highest priorities above your career. For example, I keep God first in my life, and that includes church, Bible studies, spending time with God, outreach, giving, and then my family comes after that. You might need to on purpose set aside specific time for these — and if you are single make this time for yourself. When you have the right life-work balance in place the rest will fall into place.
In today’s technologically advanced online world it is more possible than it’s even been before to start a new business on the side or become a blogger or freelancer. Remember that transition doesn’t happen overnight and to be patient with process while keeping a good attitude at your current job. Decide you are going to start something today, and then do one task each day after that to move your dream forward into reality. A year from now you will be able to look back and know that you have at least begun the process of working for yourself full time in the future.
It’s not hard to become an online freelancer or start your own business while working in a full-time job. Just download my free eBook, and get started on your career today: