My journey down the path of starting my own business was not quite what I expected it to be. As a kid, I was very entrepreneurial at heart. In elementary school, I talked classmates into creating a crowd sourced “newspaper” that we then sold to teachers for a profit. Business has always been in my veins.
As I lived out my college years, I fell victim to the thought that I needed a career path which was traditional and secure. A regular paycheck, health benefits, consistency in schedule, and designated time off all seemed very appealing so I began working regular 9-5 jobs.
After only a short time, those items which I once thought were benefits started to seem much less beneficial (with exception of the healthcare). Suddenly I found myself immersed in a world that didn’t fit my life goals. Working extra hard at my day job didn’t mean I’d reap any extra benefit. It didn’t guarantee me a promotion, a raise, or a simple pat on the back. In fact, it usually only resulted in my having to take on additional work to catch up others that weren’t as interested in giving the job their all. I longed for an additional outlet where I got to set the rules and reward my hard work in a way that was meaningful to me.
I was lucky enough to be practically debt and responsibility free. Yet, even with those things on my side, taking the full leap into solopreneurship seemed downright frightening. I choose to dip my toes into the pool of self-employment by starting my business while employed. Employedpreneurship, as Tai Goodwin of Launch While Working calls it, has given me a chance to learn with a safety net. During the day I am 100% focused and dedicated to my full-time employer. When I get home in the evenings, I am 100% focused and dedicated to my own business, Baxie404, which helps people better understand online marketing and promotion.
At the end of the day, I work… a lot! But, having my own business makes me happy and is providing me additional financial and spiritual freedom that I would never get from working for somebody else. I’ve learned a few tricks to make splitting my time more manageable while still being highly productive.
Taking Things Step-By-Step
Starting a business can be a scary thought. Especially if you put pressure on yourself to know everything there is to know prior to launching. Believe it or not, as long as you don’t need any special licenses or certifications, you can get started in many industries pretty quickly. If your business is something you are very passionate about, forcing yourself to learn the ropes as you go along will seem more like an adventure than a setback.
Doing What I Knew
When you first start a business, it is important to see if you are able to turn a profit in order to make it work full-time. Luckily for me, my true passion and business are in the same field. That has allowed me to do things I already know how to do in order to generate a small cash flow. I’ve then been able to use that money to invest back into my business.
“Owning” My Status as a Business Owner
It probably sounds silly, but it took years for me to own up to my long-term goals of being self-employed. For years I would introduce myself at networking events by leading with my day job and tacking my own business on the end like it was chopped liver. Over time I became more comfortable turning the tables. I started talking about my own business first and watched interest in my company grow. After all, if you don’t believe in your own business enough to promote it, why should you expect anyone else to?