There are so many online entrepreneurs in the phase of faking it to make it that they really do a disservice to their audience by not disclosing these not-so-pretty realities of what it takes to have a successful business. This article outlines the whole idea that having a job can be a great piece of designing your life, whether or not it is a prestigious one, one earned by a degree, or even high paying if it allows you the freedom and expression you wish for your life. There are great employers out there and if you’ve got one, there really is no reason to create your own position.
Consider these factors.
When evaluating whether or not you want a job or a business of your own, you should consider how you want your day to day to look. Do you mind being on someone else’ schedule? Dressing up daily? And working on tasks outlined for you? What kind of job would you be happy in? Does that job exist? How much freedom is important to you? What income level do you require? Do you want to work full or part-time? Have you thought about retirement? How do you want to spend the last 20 years of your life? The answers to these questions will allow you to either accept employment under a great company or try to design your own. And If the latter, do you have the drive to sustain the business for a couple of hard years, fully expecting to be met with challenges and doing whatever is necessary to overcome them? What support will you need going forward on that path?
If you have little experience starting and operating a business and you’re not fully sure what the road will be like, feel free to reach out to someone who’s done it like myself or another business coach with experience to back it.
It’s okay to get a job WHILE you own and operate a business.
Isn’t it comforting to know that the most successful people have experienced deep failure? The truth is having to get full or part-time positions in the middle of driving a business is a common necessity to keep your business afloat in the early years. It takes that long to gain traction and confidence that your marketing, automation, and referrals will allow you to chill out a little. From my own experience, starting, owning and operating, and closing my first business, Clean House Clear Mind LLC, I can tell you that I think it is a part of your entrepreneurial journey and you just need to push through. Sometimes that means doing uncomfortable things like severely cutting your personal finance budget, eating PB and Js for dinner every night, taking out loans, or getting a job. Maybe in a few years, I can say it’s like having a baby, it gets easier every time!
Use your own discretion to decide what type of side gig or employment opportunity would continue to support and not jeopardize what you’ve created. In my corresponding video at the bottom of this post, I go more into depth about my experience with finding supportive employment during the slow seasons of my first business, Clean House Clear Mind.
I was honest and forthright about prioritizing my business in my cover letters to potential employers and I found 2 the times I needed to supplement my income that were fully supportive of my double life. Both times I needed to seek employment were smack dab in the middle of my journey and in the last year and a half of my business was much smoother sailing- because I had gained traction. I was in my marketing groove. People knew me well in my space and often from my donating and attending charity auctions and events, I found my advertising jewel (Craigslist ad posting religiously Monday, Wednesday, and Friday every week), and referrals were steady.
Hang in there, okay? I’m available for questions, feedback, and coaching services at firstname.lastname@example.org
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