Most entrepreneurs go through or at least understand the struggle of working a soul draining 9-5 while also having your own business to run. At your 9-5 you probably have to deal with an obnoxious boss or coworkers. Then when you come home you’re probably exhausted or have other important matters to tend to, leaving your business, your dream, unattended. This transition time can be stressful and difficult, and while ambition is important, it is not always enough to move you forward. Maintaining your motivation and drive during your transition from employee to entrepreneur is crucial. It’s easy to veer off course and get discouraged during this transitional phase. Fear not, this happens to many entrepreneurs and it could feel like you’re pulled in different directions but there are ways to overcome this and work towards giving your business that extra love it needs.
Here’s four tips you can implement in order to run a business while working a 9-5:
- Wake up earlier. I know this tip is simple, but it’s effective. Waking up just an hour earlier than usual leaves you time to work on your business. Becoming a morning person in general is life changing. I was born at 5:45 pm so naturally I’m not a morning person and becoming one took effort but was worth it! An important girl boss morning task is checking and responding to all emails. Not only does this clear some mental space but it leaves you feeling empowered and ready to take on the day. Other tasks that can be completed in the morning are fulfilling orders, completing a service, or writing a post for your blog.
- Effectively managing your time is key prior to and after transitioning to a FT Entrepreneur. Instead of spending time playing Candy Crush devote that time to something productive for your biz. If your commute to your 9-5 involves public transportation, work on the go. Like most businesses, you probably have an online presence, which means catering to it is extremely flexible. Anyone who takes public transportation knows that being on your phone for whatever reason makes time run faster, so why not use that time on your phone to run your business? Like the first tip, you can use this time to answer emails, complete a service, or fulfill orders. Bonus tip, do this for your commute to AND from work. Depending on your commute this could be an extra 30 minutes to an hour a day of time you can spend running your business.
- Have a clean, aesthetic workplace. Throwing in some psychology, what you see generally dictates your mindset. In other words, if your desk or workspace is cluttered, chances are your mind is cluttered as well. A simple fix to a cluttered entrepreneur mind is cleaning up your workspace. This immediately adds organization and puts your mind a little more at ease. For that extra kick of motivation, make your desk or workspace aesthetically pleasing. Decorating your workspace does not have to be expensive. Some affordable ideas are framed prints/motivational quotes; wall hung clipboards, lights, and flowers or a small plant. Customize according to your unique style and doing so gives you that spark to sit down and get to business.
- This last tip may seem contradicting but it is absolutely necessary. Relax, have some “me time.” It is going to be difficult to work a 9-5 while running a business without some time to physically and mentally relax. Without time for yourself you are more likely to burn out, and that’s not doing you, your 9-5, or your business any good. Opposing to what others say, it is definitely possible to work a 9-5, run a business, and have some “me time.” The key to balancing all three is to know when to have “me time.” The best “me time” for anyone working a 9-5 is that moment when you first get home. I give myself an hour of “me time” to decompress prior to starting to work on my biz. You’re exhausted and just need to sit back before catering to your business. I suggest setting aside one to three o hours if work was rough that day. Then you’ll be mentally & physically ready to handle business.
If you plant these tips into your routine you can get an extra 2-3 hours of your day that can be spent on your business alone. With ambition and solid time management that 9-5 that funds your business could end up being the side hustle. If you’re ready to build your brand and get out of overwhelm and into focus (no more wasting time and energy) & gain the accountability, direction, support and vision for you to be successful click here to book a Strategy Session.