There are so many people who work jobs where they are overworked and underpaid. Perhaps you can relate. You are tired of getting up early, spending 8 hours of your precious time working your butt off. Yet, you feel all your efforts are not appreciated. You’re looking for a way out and you already have your two weeks notice type up and ready.
Don’t leave just yet.
Just in case you forgot- You matter! You are important! You’re skills and talents are needed!
Whether you are a retail associate or a corporate official, making $9 or $25 an hour- you are dedicating your time and energy to helping a business grow.
One of the best ways to contribute to society is through working a traditional job.
Yeah, I said it.
But let me explain why I’m contradicting myself considering my advocacy for entrepreneurship…
Learn While You Earn
Besides money and company benefits, here are the reasons why a traditional job is an excellent step towards entrepreneurship:
Builds Social Skills
You will learn how to get along with others through customer interactions and even your fellow co-workers. Retail and fast food jobs are great starting points for building customer service skills.
Patience is a virtue, as the old saying goes. This trait is needed in today’s hectic society. Developing this trait will greatly benefit you not just in your business endeavors, but in life.
Inhale, now exhale *breathe slowly*
When you are good at your job, you’re left with a sense of satisfaction and self-worth. This in return stimulates the desire to learn more and do more so you can rise to the top.
You may have a number of job duties your boss expects you to perform. When it’s not done or done incorrectly, there are consequences. Need I say more?
On the Job Paid Training
Think of a job as being paid to learn something new every day. There may have been situations where you had to think on your feet and use your best judgment. Maybe a co-worker quit and now your boss wants you to take over her position. Or you learned how to do a sales pitch without using a script. Welcome all new experiences with open arms.
The main thing you will need to do is find a business that only has to be worked a few hours a week.
Some home-based businesses may require you spend up to 30 hours a week to build and grow. If you work full-time, it may be difficult.
However, that’s the beauty of online business. It works around your schedule! Even if you invest only 5 hours a week.
You don’t have to be someone who completely hates their job and wants to quit. You could have a nice career but just want to earn extra cash on the side until you can build something bigger.
Anyone can be successful working from home to make extra cash no matter what your motives or desired end result are.
You have to start somewhere.
My personal recommendation for a starter business is affiliate marketing. It is a great type of business for someone who works full time already because it doesn’t require a huge time commitment and a lot of the work has already been done for you.
It’s mostly about getting the word out about the business, marketing and a little bit of training. You’re basically promoting products or services that you love and use yourself!
Now, if you want to start your own e-commerce business from scratch, you can do that too. However, it will require more time in the beginning and it will defiantly require more money up front to start.
Whatever you decide to do, just know that it is possible to make good money from home part-time even if you still want to keep your full-time job. Eventually, you will want to dedicate yourself fully to your new business, and I’m all here for that glow up!
Tips to Make the Most of Your Job
Set your goals.
You should make this your number one step. Set some goals for your self and write them down. Keep them where you can see them every day. It can be very easy to let life get in the way and get you distracted. Make sure when you are setting realistic goals for yourself. If you set too high of expectations and are not able to accomplish them, it becomes very easy to get discouraged and give up.
Remember your WHY for doing the business in the first place.
Keep a picture of your family or a visual board of all the things you want to achieve somewhere where you will see it every day. Or, write down a list of “whys” as a reminder to keep you on track. Remembering why will get you through those tough days where you feel like giving up.
One option is to use some of the money you make to bootstrap your business. To bootstrap means to start a business with little money without the help of investments or loans. This is why I highly suggest looking into affiliate marketing.
Always try to make the most out of the time you were given. Whether it be making a phone call on your way home or answering e-mails on your lunch break. You will want to consistently make the most out of every extra moment you are given. On days you aren’t working your job, dedicate some time to working on your business.
Also, there are going to be times when you have to say “no” to the things you used to do. You are going to have to say bye to your favorite TV show or a night out with your friends. This will only be temporary until you able to come home full-time and devote some extra time to yourself.
Don’t look at your boss as the enemy.
Chances are, your boss started off in the same position as you. He/she worked long hours to make ends meet. But get this…your boss is no different from you. The only thing that separates your boss from yourself is an action plan. He/she decided to do something different and took the necessary steps to become an entrepreneur. Look at your boss as a role model for success.
Take at least one step a day.
Work towards achieving at least one step towards your goal a day. Whether it be learning more about your business, passing out business cards, or following up with someone, all it takes is one single step a day to make a 1,000 step journey. You can even network on the job, depending on your situation. But be careful who you talk to about your business.
Celebrate your success!
Give yourself a pat on the back to achieving even the little goals. Having a sense of accomplishment will give you more motivation to continue working towards your goal.
So as you can see, having a traditional job can be an excellent stepping stone on the climb to success. See you at the top!