Being a full-time employee and an aspiring entrepreneur all at the same time may be hard, but it
is the only way to achieve financial freedom and work flexibility in the future. Focusing on the
business alone is great, but since some of us don’t have the luxury of financial security, juggling
the two is the best solution for the moment – especially if you are still starting out as an
It may be hard, but it is totally doable. All you really need is to simply manage your time well –
and stick to a strict schedule. Whenever you feel tired and demotivated, just remind yourself that
you are doing this to achieve a higher income and a more flexible work-life balance in the future.
To effectively control your work hours while still starting a business on the side, below is a short
guide for you:
1. Create a daily schedule and allot at least 2 hours each day for your business.
Most of your day will be consumed by your full-time job, but it does not mean that you cannot do
anything else besides that. Make sure to plot your to-dos ahead of time and stick to that
schedule. Just be sure to insert at least 2 to 4 hours each day for your new business. You can
do this after work, or before you go to work (early morning). You can also allot more time during
the weekend or when you are on your day-off.
1. Set daily tasks and list down your achievements each day.
Aside from setting a time slot that should be dedicated to your business each day, you should
also know what you have to achieve during these days – otherwise, you will only be wasting
time. Write down your achievements and the things you still have to accomplish each day, so
that it will be easy for you to continue whatever it is to be done on the next day.
1. Your daily tasks should be based on long-term plans.
Your daily tasks should be part of your bigger plans. So before you plot down your daily tasks,
make sure to list down all your long-term plans and goals first. After that, it will be easy for you
to come up with the required output and results you need to see each day to achieve those.
1. Let go of tasks that can be delegated to someone else.
So what about ad-hoc tasks such as email, communications and setting up business pages and
contacts? The answer is to outsource this to a reliable assistant. This is the best way for you to
save time and just focus on the most important tasks such as networking with clients and
forging partnerships with suppliers and other entrepreneurs. You don’t have to do everything,
once you see that a task is perfectly doable by your assistant, just delegate it to him/her.
If hiring an assistant is quite expensive for you at the moment, you need to expand the amount
of hours you allot for the business each day. If it is only 2 hours, then you have to go beyond
another hour to fulfill ad-hoc or clerical tasks.
1. Always separate your career from your business venture.
Working a full-time job and starting a new business keeps your mind very busy, and it is easy to
blur the lines between your own career and a personal project or venture. Mixing up the two can
be detrimental because it can cause you to be restless and agitated while in the office. Worse, it
can even affect your productivity and office performance too.
Learn to shut off between work and your business. If it is work time, focus on the job at hand.
When it is time for your business, focus on just that too – leave whatever office problems you
have in the office. This is easy if you have your daily schedule already.
Gemma Reeves is a seasoned writer who enjoys creating helpful articles and interesting stories.
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