How to start a side business without leaving your current job

Have you lately realized how dull a 9 to 5 job is, how you push yourself to work every day and long to get back home as soon as possible? Have you started feeling disconnected from work and often feel the need to test different waters? Well, in that case, you may long to explore one of your interests. So here I am with some handy tips to help you in taking up a side business while managing it with your present job.

1. Commitment is doing the thing you said you were going to do, long after the mood you said it in had left you

I am not talking about commitment to work here as it comes after commitment to yourself. Now that you have decided to start a venture irrespective of the current job, you need to stay true to your aim.

There will come moments when you would think of dropping the idea altogether and keep pursuing your job. But do not forget it is something which could make you actually happy. Your present job might be enough for sustenance, but that would not necessarily make you happy.

The new business is not going to be an easy task, so you need to promise yourself that you won’t abandon it midway but give in your hundred percent. Motivation may get you started, but commitment is what keeps you going.

A good way to start finding time for the new work is to letting go of unyielding activities such as hours spent in playing video games, social media or watching TV.

2. Forget all the reasons why it won’t work and believe the one thing why it will

Do not get demotivated even before starting the business. List down the reasons why you want it in the first place. People may give you all sorts of advice but at the end do what your inner voice tells you. Have the courage to stand for what you believe in.

You may have a variety of reasons including learning new skills, working on your interest, multiple income sources, becoming financially stable or building a strong foundation to back your loved ones in the hour of need. Be rational enough to take on something because you would be required to invest your time and resources in it.

3. Life is never boring, but some people chose to be bored

Wayne Dyer very bluntly puts reality in front of us. However bitter it may sound, but it the truth. It is completely up to us how to create a friendly atmosphere at workplace or home.

Situations may not have gone your way when you started working, but now that you are experienced enough, you can finally give a thought of doing what you like. For this, you need to focus on your interest areas along with the required skills.

You may also take out time to learn new skills which your work requires. Learning never stops until you die and the more you learn, the more you grow. If you are good at designing despite being involved in a corporate job, give it a try. Sometimes taking risk fuels your passion.

4. A single idea from the human mind can build cities. An idea can transform the world and rewrite all the rules.

These lines from the popular Hollywood flick ‘Inception’ lays emphasis on the power that a new idea holds. It should be able to communicate efficiently with your target audience, employer or client. You are starting something, so obviously you need to be good at it.

Along with your way, you would me meeting businessmen with similar idea or aims. But how you make your endeavour stand out is up to you. An in-depth study about your venture is crucial to how it will turn out in the near future. And half knowledge is always dangerous. So research as much as possible meets people who can help you determine the course of actions and set on the journey.

5. Ask yourself if what you’re doing today is getting you closer where you want to be tomorrow

Consider if your words are complimenting your actions. If not, then you really need to set realistic goals. Since you have decided a particular course of action, allot specific time duration to it and try to stick to the deadline.
 Without allocating a finite period, you will not only end up exhausting yourself but also be incapable of managing two jobs. Begin by setting daily, weekly or monthly goals. Once you start ticking your to-do list, you will be confident enough to face bigger challenges. This personal motivation is essential to your growth.

6. Most successful freelancers are those surrounded by strong supportive networks

You can go for freelancing as an option too. In that case, there is absolutely no need to stress about doing two jobs. Time management is important along with maintaining quality.

Work location becomes no more a headache since you don’t really have to go anywhere but work comfortably sitting on your couch from home. However, this is not an easy task considering you are used to an all day job. You will need to practice self-discipline to fulfil your commitments.

Freelancing as a designer, web developer, content writer or others help in brushing your skills. It also felicitates a chain reaction where you end up meeting new people. This is how your network grows. You can easily keep in touch with everything that is trending.

7. Feedback is a free education to excellence

According to Ann Marie Houghtailing, feedback helps you aim for excellence. Even if it is bitter, it can always help you improve your work. An unbiased feedback shows you the mirror. It determines if your work is providing any value to the client.

Instead of getting disheartened by criticism, look for people who are not afraid of giving an honest opinion. It is only after listening to endless reproaches that you outshine everyone by enhancing your work.

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Originally published at www.engineerbabu.com on February 28, 2017.