When You’re an Entrepreneur at Heart Working for Someone Else

Emma Scoble
Sep 12, 2019 · 4 min read

As inspiring as the stories about people leaving their day jobs to pursue their own business are, doing so is not realistic for most of us.

We need that steady income stream. We have people other than ourselves relying on what we make. Jumping to an uncertain income is scary, and depending on your situation, irresponsible.

So, most of us are out here, trying to do both. We’re working our day job and building our dream job on the side. We’re waiting until our hustle proves itself, monetarily.

As smart as this decision is, it can be hard to stay positive under your employer when you’re fantasizing about your entrepreneurial goals.

There are a few things I do while at work to stay positive, eliminate any resentment and produce good results for my boss.


When You’re at Work, Focus on That

As tempting as it might be to quickly check my emails or jot down some ideas, I don’t. It would be disrespectful to my boss and to my coworkers.

This definitely requires a mentality shift – a jump from the self-employed mindset to the employee mindset.

The great thing about this though, is it’s like forcing myself to take a break. As an entrepreneur, you’re always learning, always trying something new, testing testing testing.

My day job, in comparison, almost has me on autopilot. I know what I’m doing. It’s routine. I fall into a state of flow. It’s almost meditative.

I’m not thinking about the hustle. And often after eight hours of that, when I switch back to the entrepreneurial mentality, I’m bursting with new ideas.


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Take Pride in Helping Build Someone Else’s Business

I am helping someone else build their business, their dream. My efforts directly contribute to their bottom line. I take that responsibility very seriously.

My boss has been building businesses since he was my age. He’s had struggles, he’s had failures. And here he is, trying again. Hoping he’s got it right this time. I’m a part of that and that’s amazing.

Seeing him give 110% every day when he works 50+ hours a week (according to the roster, though I’d estimate more), is inspiring. I may not put in as many hours as him, but I can strive to be just as productive.

When I hire someone to help me with my businesses, I want them to be as excited and dedicated about what we’re doing as I am. As an employee, I keep that in mind constantly.


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Be Grateful for the Things Your Day Job Gives You

  • Steady income
  • Benefits
  • Routine
  • Experience
  • Skills

Consistent income is often the first, and sometimes the only, thing to come to mind.

Whilst that’s important to build your dream business with minimal stress, your day job gives you so much more than that.

As I said before, my job forces me to take breaks. It gives me a schedule, a routine to work around. Without that, my days would be infinitely less structured and I actually think I’d get less done in furthering my own business.

Knowing I only have a few hours in the morning or the evening to reach my goals gives me a time limit and makes me work harder and more efficiently.

My day job has also given me valuable experience and skills that are imperative as an entrepreneur. Customer service skills, knowledge of the ins and outs of a business, the ability to work well in a team environment.

I watch my boss and my superiors. How they handle problems, how they’re always learning new things.

I would not be doing as well as I am in my own ventures without the knowledge my day job has given me.

Appreciate what your job gives you; every skill is transferable.


I often think of the day I’ll finally be confident in telling my boss that it’s time for me to go. That my business is soaring and I no longer need the job he’s given me.

It’s the dream. It’s what I’m working towards, every single day. Despite that, I know I’ll be sad to go.

Until then, keeping these things in mind will help me have the largest impact I can, while I’m a part of this amazing team. Hopefully, they can do the same for you, too.

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