There are many people who run a small business while moonlighting who working at another job or industry that can or cannot have anything to do with what their small business.
The first job provides an income until the small business provides enough income where they can leave or work lesser hours to continue growing the small business. This takes time and patience to be able to get through the responsibilities from both careers.
For those of you who have just begun this process of working at another job while running your business, I’d like to share my tips to handling both responsibilities like a well-oiled machine!
Keep each job separated
Now I suggest this as to not become competition or steal clients from your current employer. I also suggest this because it gives you a break from constantly thinking about the same kind of work although it’s up to you if you can handle that. If I had a writing job during the day and wrote articles at night I think I”d end up with writer’s block by the time I worked on my own business.
I can also see why people would like to keep their work in the same industry as to connect with people who can become leads for your new business. My only worry is that you can possibly end up stealing clients from another company. You could even have coworkers who’d want to work for you if you’re not careful, depending on your company this can lead you to a lawsuit.
What you do at your job stays at your job while what you do for your business stays in your business. The stresses and responsibilities of your actual job can bring stress or take time away from your small business. You also want to make sure you can keep your job by handling your small business responsibilities outside of the hours you work at your job.
Talk to people about your business
Now during the day while I’m working, I enjoy talking to people about my business and updating them on what I’m doing. I can do this because I work in a field entirely different than my small business. Your coworkers can end up being your best supporters and want to join your effort or movement.
Do a little more at your small business
Now your first job may want more of your time which you may decide to give or not you still don’t want to forget your actual goals with your small business. There are times when my job may need more time from me and I luckily plan ahead to do just that. I still make sure that I take the time to do everything I need to do with Tru.Works, my small business.
Attending networking events, connecting with people. The more people you meet the more leas you can get and the more lives you can change with your business.
From my personal experience, the stress from my employer motivates me to keep working toward the goals I have. Every day I’m reminded that what I do at my small business is what I love to truly do. I don’t want to stop doing this and I want to keep doing more.
I’m so excited for the day I can tell my boss I’m resigning but at the same time I value what I do at work because I practice my management, leadership, and humbleness skills at this job that has nothing to do with my field but I feel challenges me enough and keeps me in line to keep reminding me that I’m not perfect and to keep working on those skills.
My last tip is to remember that this moment is only temporary. It’s not your forever. Because of that I suggest learning and enjoying every moment while at your employer’s business. Another thing, never ever skip sleep and always renegotiate your time and schedule.
Yessenia is a compelling and innovative program and operations manager who uses her 5+ years of experience in operations management and graphic design to determine small business needs in the areas of inventory costs, labor expenses, P&L, COGs, marketing, and graphic design to create and manage profitable plans for small businesses and individual projects. She is the Owner and Founder of Tru.Works.