Can You be an Employee and an Entrepreneur?

| March 4, 2016

Can You be an Employee and an Entrepreneur?

Juggling multiple roles is not that easy

There are some very hardworking and adventurous people who start a business without quitting their day-job. They want the financial security of a job and still want to give entrepreneurship a shot. This isn’t easy and it’s definitely not for the faint-hearted. But is it do-able? Can you balance both responsibilities without failing at one or both?

It can be done but it’s not easy. After all, you’re trying to sail two different boats at the same time. That’s usually considered a pretty difficult task – outside of Bollywood. But with some juggling and balancing acts, you might be able to stand steadily until you reach the solid banks of success. Here are some suggestions that you might want to keep in mind.

Think About The Why

Why do you want to start a business? What’s your motivation behind becoming an entrepreneur? Do you have an idea that addresses a pressing need in the market? Are you dead tired of your job and need to spread your own wings and enjoy the freedom of entrepreneurship? Or are you just dreaming about the amount of money you would earn?

You need to ask yourself these questions because in the answer to these questions lies your motivation. If you’re passionate about your business and believe in the idea, you’ll find the strength to endure all kinds of hardships easily.

Know What You’re Getting Yourself Into 

When you’re trying to juggle a job and a business, you’re sacrificing everything else. This means that you are no longer free on weekends. Your after-work hours are dedicated to your business. You’re constantly networking and trying to find funding. You’re sacrificing your personal and social life to achieve your dream.

You need to sit down and list what you might be missing out on and think how much this would affect you and your family. When you do this, you’ll be able to take this step with your eyes wide open and ready.

Stop Being Miserable at Your Job

There are several small business owners in this situation who start hating their job. They believe that they wouldn’t be stuck in the office if it weren’t for the money. Unfortunately, such an attitude would adversely affect you and lead to endless frustration. When you’re frustrated, you won’t be able to focus properly on the job or on your business.

The best way to avoid this is to start thinking positively about your job. Think about all of your workplace friends, of all the good times you have with them. You can think about challenging projects that held your attention and imagination. You can be grateful for the financial stability that your job provides. After all, it’s this job that gives you the freedom to pursue your dreams.

Being organized is the key to avoiding stress and trying to juggle two different jobs. You won’t be able to get many things done if you’re not organized and have a plan. When you get up every day, you need to think of what you have to accomplish and organize your schedule according. That would keep you on the right track.