Starting an Online Business While Working A Full-time Job
It’s true. It can be hard to start your online business while you’re working a full-time job.
Eight hours at work, alongside your commute, can wear you out, and that’s before you even get started on your business-building tasks.
The beginning is the hardest because that’s when you’ll be setting everything up.
After a long day at work, you may be tired and not want to do much.
The weekend may sound good until you realize that you have lots of chores already dedicated to that time, like laundry, house cleaning, shopping, etc.
It may be easy to tell yourself that you’re going to let it go tonight and will catch up tomorrow. But I strongly advise you not to let yourself get into this kind of thinking.
Tomorrow could stretch till the next day, and even the next… and before you know it a whole month has gone by without you doing anything for your business.
Here are a few ideas to keep you on track with your online business:.
Schedule the times you will work on your business –
Take your calendar and block out the times you will work your business. It’s OK to do short blocks of as little as 15 minutes and then longer blocks of 1-2 hours. During your 15 minutes, you’ll be able to make a few phone calls or send some emails.
Sunday evenings are a great time to plan your week and your calendar. The key is to commit to the time you will be working, schedule it and block out the time.
Make a list of what you will be doing during those times. That way, when it’s time to get to work, you are already prepared and know what you’re going to accomplish.
Be committed to the time you scheduled for your business –
Be sure that you’re concentrating on money-making activities. These include calling people, emailing people, writing blog posts, marketing your blog posts, etc. Anything that is non-income producing should be done after hours and not interfere with your work.
If you find yourself tired and not wanting to do anything, just force yourself to get started. You’ll find that once you start you’ll gain a second wind and will probably accomplish quite a bit. The key is to just start!
Set a timer. For instance, commit to giving your task 100% concentration for 20 minutes. Then you can take a 5-minute break if you need it. Turn off your email, phone, whatever you don’t need for the spurt of action. You’ll be surprised at how much you can accomplish by doing this.
Take it 1 Step at a Time –
If you started a MLM / Network Marketing / Affiliate Marketing business, you should have been trained on a simple system to get you started. Follow the steps given to you by your upline and go through each one.
This step is crucial!
A System takes care of the hard work, the hard lifting… it makes it so that a brand new person can follow simple steps that have been proven by others.
Without a system, it’s easy for a new person to get totally lost in their business, get frustrated and quit… many before they even get started.
Get Organized –
Get your systems set up. Find a good contact manager to manage the names, phone numbers, and emails of the people you will be meeting. Be sure it includes a way to track follow-ups and to build relationships.
Get a file or an envelope to keep all your important papers, such as business expenses and receipts.
Be very careful that you don’t spend too much time on these activities. While these are important for your business, they are not money-making activities, so they should be done outside of the time you scheduled to actually work your business.
Some parts of getting your business going are fun and some aren’t. Some are easy and some are hard. There will be times when you are motivated and energized, but other times when you’re exhausted and ready to surrender. Always keep in mind the reason you are doing this. What benefits will you get out of having the lifestyle freedom you’re dreaming of.
Make yourself a promise that you will never quit on a bad day. Hang in there, and tomorrow you may find that you don’t want to quit after all.
Remember, this – a job will never make you wealthy, but a business of your own…. where your time is leveraged and you can earn an income from any where in the world…. well, that offers the potential for true wealth.
Are You Looking For Something New?
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…You might be surprised by what you see. It’s working for me, and thousands of others out there online.
And, if you already have a business you’re happy with, I will still cheer you on!
Let’s have some conversation!
By Lynn Huber
p.s. If you have something you want to accomplish, “Do or do not.” If you decide to choose “do”, then get started moving forward and leave “trying” behind in the dust where it belongs.
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