Juggling A Day Job + Side Business

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Many of the entrepreneurs I know have a side business, rather than a business they are running full time. The reality is that people have bills to pay and mouths to feed while they are waiting for the business to take off. That’s why I just don’t believe in waiting for the “right time” to start a business. I think you should dive in, hustle, and figure it all out as you go along.

In today’s episode of She Takes on the World TV I’m going to help you figure out your own plan of attack for building a side business (with full-time potential!) while keeping your day job.

I want to hear from you! Do you have a side business, or did you work full time until you could transition into running your business full time? Sharing your story can help a lot of other entrepreneurs who are going through what you’ve been through.

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12 thoughts on “Juggling A Day Job + Side Business

  1. Natalie thank you so much for posting about this topic! I am toally *living* this right now, but I really hope my story can help others pursuing the same goals. I am *currently* hustling. I work during the day as a paralegal at a law firm (I once thought that route was for me, but alas no more) & I am waiting for the day when I can finally make the leap! I am phasing out emotionally right now, though I still do a great job at the “day-job,” I continually notice my passion waning & being transferred to my side-hustle/biz. As Danielle LaPorte so wisely said, “Transfer your skills and love to your passion project.” I launched my coaching site this past month, but have been working on content/connections/social media & the like since January. It is where my heart + soul are at right now & every chance I get I work wholeheartedly on all the intricacies that go into making a biz that works (foundation first!). I’ve made a realistic timeline for myself on when I plan to *officially* leave my job (projected date: Spring 2014) so I can keep saving and maintain a consistent paycheck until my ‘jump-ship’ date. It’s hard to be in this transitionary state because all you want to do is leave your current situation — I get it! I thought I’d be thriving come September with clients and speaking gigs & could quit then, but starting up your own business as a solopreneur just doesn’t work like that. You really do have to plan accordingly. But this doesn’t mean that you can’t transition out slowly (emotionally + spiritually + mentally) in the meantime. Because it’ll be well-worth it in the end. And sometimes you see why things work out the way they do later on. Quick example: I work at an IP law firm and anyone in the *services* biz knows that it’s key to protect your brand, so I got up the nerve to speak to one of the ‘big guys’ recently and ask about trademarking my website. And the answer was a ‘Yes!’ So even though I’m still there (right now), there’s been a subtle blessing in the *why* am I doing what I’m doing right now. And one day soon, I’ll be able to transition fully, knowing that I set up a really good foundation ahead of time. So, my dear friends, set up that sturdy foundation now. It will be so well worth it in the end.

    1. Beautifully said Diane, and yes, things always seem to take a little longer than you think they will but there’s always a reason for it. I was supposed to launch The Conquer Club last fall but my investment funding came in later than expected and it took us longer than we thought to build the whole membership site, and put all the pieces together. I kept my other client work in the meantime while I hustled to be able to make She Takes on the World Inc. my full-time gig, with The Conquer Club as our flagship product. Keep on hustling, and you will be rewarded. Cheering you on! Thanks for your comment xoxo

  2. Well, I do not have a paid job on the side – although I wish I did!! I’m a mom – which means, time away from my shop means it is spent with my critters…. I really wish I had known just how difficult it was going to be to get the stream of income flowing… so shoestring budget is what is for now …. And as a single parent it just means I have to dig my heels in deeper and believe this is what I am to be doing…. I feel the tipping point is near : )
    And I do have to give MANY THANKS and ‘COSMIC HUGS’ to Natalie … without the knowledge you share I am sure I would still be wondering wtf am I doing wrong!!!!

  3. Thanks for the tips, Natalie. I’m currently one of the “lucky” ones who is working on my business full-time. However, my husband and I are realizing that having another income would greatly improve our financial standing. The thought of not being able to focus on Why Not Girl! full time scares me as I wonder if it may not be able to grow as fast as I would like, but then again I wonder if having more on my plate may make me more efficient and strategic with my time.

  4. Hi,
    I really love your site its so colourful and shiny. It also is totally useful.

    I work part time and can work on my business part time. I went traveling last year to Europe for five months and quit my job. It was an amazing trip but when i got home to NZ I havent been able to find another job. I started freelancing to bring some money in and realised i wanted to be self employed anyway. I thought i would be far more productive with my time but it seems that having a lot of time makes me less productive. As i only work part time only my basic living expenses are covered which causes its own problems. I wonder if my time was more precious if i would get more done. I am working on bringing in some freelance work so I can do more things but some work you bring in to pay the bills ends up taking more time than the money is worth sometimes. Its a interesting balance i found. Broke with time or really busy and have money but no time.

  5. I found your video very inspiring. I do want to ask however how you cope with the flexibility that both a day job and a start up business require. In my day job, I work with different time zones which means I never have 2 days which are similar. Somethimes I get up for emetings at Am, other days I’m still wordking in the middle of the night. I now started a blog which I really want to build big but if it’s not possible to take on tasks during my regular job, there would be no time at all to do them. So I do write durng company time and I take calls during my free time. I try to keep the balance but o be honest, I don’t write down minute to minute or even hour to hour on what I’ve spend my time on. I think it’s a different way to handle it but it works for me.

  6. G’day. I am a full time, stay-at-home mum to three who has a burning passion to run my own business. I am finding that I can only devote time to starting my blog etc in the evenings when the kids are asleep as attempting it during the day is frustrating for both them and I! I am learning to be patient with the process 🙂 thanks for the tips. Libby 🙂

  7. I’m a guy, but I too have a side business along with my day job.

    I really appreciate what you said about respecting your day job. Too often I see entrepreneurs cheat and steal countless dollars from their employees day after day because they aren’t focused on what they are doing, and are really just biding their time until they can quit and focus on their passion.

    Thanks for the post!

  8. I too have a full-time job,I respect it and work my best when I’m at it.But…I honestly have lot of spare tim pretty often and am on a position where I can only wait for workload to come (administrative/secretarial position). Do you think it is still disrespectful to do some research or side work when I have nothing to do at my full-time job?
    Thanks,this is something I often thi nk about.

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