A lot of people daydream about leaving their 9 to 5 J.O.Bs to start their own businesses. Countless successful entrepreneurs had to hang onto their day job until they had gotten to a point in their businesses when it was actually possible to quit.
No marketing guru out there was an overnight success and if they are saying they did, run away cause they are probably lying to you to make it appear easier than it really is.
This transition time can be nerve-wracking, stressful, and difficult to say the least, particularly when you don’t enjoy or appreciate your day job, but it doesn’t have to be.
While motivation is essential to the success of your business, it is not always adequate to move you forward.
Sustaining your motivation and drive during your transition from employee to entrepreneur is vital. And it’s very easy to deviate off course and get discouraged quickly during this transitional phase.
Below are some tips on how to build a business while working a day job with action steps you can begin implementing today while you’re still at your day job that will keep you on course and moving forward.
How to Build Your Business While Working a Day Job
1. Get crystal clear on your reason for starting your business.
Connecting with your “why” is the most significant first step you can take.
Maybe you are striving to become your own boss, financial freedom, time flexibility, artistic expression, being home with your family or helping others.
Whatever your reason, knowing exactly what motivates and drives you is what will help maintain your focus and commitment to your dream when the going gets tough.
2. Commit yourself to your dream.
Having a desire for something to work vs. committing to it are greatly different.
When you really commit to your dream, you are making a mandatory commitment to see it through to success. It shows that you are “all in,” you seek out answers when confronted with challenges or obstacles and you don’t give up, whatsoever.
Make that commitment to yourself, and then share it with the people in your life.
3. Craft a personal vision for your business.
Think about exactly what you want in your business a year from now and write it down. Be very explicit and detailed with your vision.
Describe in great detail what your most ideal day job is, what activities do you participate in, who your ideal customers/clients are, the number of customers/clients you have and exactly what your monthly income is.
Speak your vision out loud in the mornings and evenings, concentrating and focusing on the ultimate goal – which is your lively, thriving business.
By focusing your vision on your ultimate goal, you will set a precedence to be able to make the daily choices to disregard any negative beliefs that may arise.
4. Get connected with a mastermind group.
A mastermind group is a peer-to-peer mentoring group that meets on a regular basis to support and help each other, brainstorm ideas, share insights, and work through challenges together.
A mastermind group can be outstanding option for helping you stay accountable and encouraged to succeed in your business.
There are mastermind groups that meet in person, webinars, online or over the phone.
To find a mastermind group, Meetup.com is a great place to start. If you cannot find one to join, then try creating your own with people who are also starting a business or possibly just getting started in the same industry as yours.
5. Immerse yourself in learning.
Research and study everything you can find that is relevant to your business industry.
The Web makes available a wealth of valuable information on creating a successful business.
Enroll or sign-up for training, hire a coach or find a mentor. Listen to podcasts or audiobooks during your early morning commutes.
The more you commit to learning and becoming an authority in your industry, the more confident, driven and successful you will become.
6. Remain optimistic about your day job. (The glass is half full)
On a daily basis, recognize something you appreciate about your day job. Possibly you like your co-workers or your steady paycheck? Perhaps it’s simply the free coffee or your stand-up desk that allows you to stretch your legs?
The point is, try to find the positive things at your day job.
The more you can focus on what is positive about your present status quo, the even more success you will give to all situations, as well as your business.
Negative thoughts suck your energy dry, making it extremely more challenging to moving your business forward.
7. Establish daily goals.
Take small, quantifiable action steps every day toward your business, knowing that there will be days or weeks when it appears like you are making no forward progress at all.
Much of the work, at the start, will be boring, mind-numbing everyday activities. Understand… Rather APPRECIATE that it is all part of building your business. By taking consistent Income Producing Activities (IPAs) daily, which does consist of doing the routine, you will start seeing results.
The more progress you make, the more self-confidence and willpower you have to maintain your momentum to inevitably allowing you to leave your day job.
By taking these actions while still working your day job, you will stay focused, motivated and committed to making your dream a reality.
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To Your Success,
Shaun & Kimberly Keizur