There’s nothing wrong with supplementing your income, or, to start on a journey to pursue a dream. A side business is an avenue for both, but, like most full-time employees, you’re wondering just how to get started. It might surprise you, but it’s not just about the logistics. While the nuts-and-bolts are certainly vital, you’ll also have to deal with other things. In other words, it’s not just about carving out the time, being able to deliver on your promises, but also, finding personal fulfillment. Too many people start side businesses, burn the candle from both ends, and wind-up burning out.
What you do need to understand is that, especially early on, the right mindset is key to future success. You’ll probably start out on fire, ready to tackle whatever comes your way. Inevitably, there will be problems, whether big obstacles or temporary setbacks. If you keep in a positive frame of mind and learn from mistakes, you’ll go much further. You’ll also need a workable game plan that rewards each achievement step you reach.
Steps to Starting a Successful Side Business
First, you must consider a few things, such as: is this a needed service or product? Can I deliver on a tight schedule? What competition will I face? Is there room for scaling-up? Of course, the biggest question will be can the time invested turn a profit and if not immediately, when will it realistically do so?
People’s initial motivation is often money – they want to save more, pay off debt or simply afford a better lifestyle for themselves and their families. But then, it often morphs into something deeper, as people realize that their side businesses allow for a creative expression and satisfaction that can be hard to find in their full-time jobs. —Entrepreneur.com
Next, understand and accept that you’ll have two demanding jobs. That’s going to bring some stress, it’s just unavoidable, and, it will also zap your energy. The trick is to set your sights on your goals and be convinced they are within reach, it’s okay if it takes time to realize. Don’t make the mistake of rushing because you’ll likely sabotage yourself and be willing to give it a solid test run, knowing that it might not work out.
If you’re willing to make the commitment, get past the planning and taking action, you can make it work. Getting down to the nitty-gritty, the following steps are what you’ll need to do in order to start a successful side business:
- Reframe your way of thinking. Don’t let your day job be an obstacle, instead, think about all the positive things it provides. First, it does put a constraint on you, but that’s a good thing because it spurs creativity. In addition, look at your full time position as a funding source and a place to sharpen your skills.
- Determine workable, key actions. You’ll need a written list of workable, key actions — things that will move your idea forward, but don’t just keep ruminating. Every step should move you in the right direction with purpose.
- Restructure your schedule. This probably sounds too obvious, but too many people who try to start a side business, fall prey into thinking their schedules are already set. Dedicate routine times to work your side gig and be willing to make adjustments as necessary.
- Network whenever you can. If circumstances allow it, you can network at your full-time position, letting co-workers know what you’re offering. If not, there are plenty of other venues: your child’s school, your church, your gym, places you volunteer and visit often.
Entrepreneurs are one of America’s greatest assets! Whether you are starting a business part time or full time, now it’s your turn to be an All American Entrepreneur while achieving your goals and growing our economy one great business idea at a time!