The day is moving so slow. The tasks that lay before me are too taxing for the salary I am given. I suffer patiently through co-workers’ chatter about what they would do differently if they were in charge. To make matters worse, as I walk into the break room on my measly 15 minute break, I find that all the coffee is gone. That’s right; someone poured the last of my fuel into their mug without starting a new pot of coffee. I am over today and cannot wait until I clock out at 5pm. Oh yeah, did I mention that it’s only 9AM? Damn.
That’s frustrating. But it doesn’t have to continue to be that way.
I am sure that you have had a day like this, or maybe this is what everyday looks like. If you’re anything like me, you would probably rather be taking that brilliant idea you have from concept to execution. You would probably rather be employing people rather than trying to be “Employee Of The Month” for a company that doesn’t acknowledge their staff anyway. So how do I get unstuck between my job and my dream? I am glad you asked! The answer is letting your job work for you instead of you working for it, and finding ways to work around your job.
Here are 4 things that helped me get closer to full-time entrepreneurship while balancing a full-time job.
Prioritize the day…the day before.
I was accustomed to writing my To-Do list at the start of my day, IF I wrote one at all. This was starting to become a pain because I found valuable time slipping away just trying to create the list and ordering each task by importance. I have found that writing out my goals at night prepares me to wake up and attack the day, and it serves as a compass so that if I do get lost in the hustle and bustle, I can put myself back on track. Now that you are managing time and time isn’t managing you, select an hour before or after work to focus on nothing but things that help bring your dream to reality.
Start seeing your job as your first investor.
Let’s face it; a lot of us have bills, debt, and are living paycheck to paycheck – barely getting by. So how do we set aside money to fund our dreams? Create a budget. This time when you create your budget, squeeze in a line with the name of your business, blog, or service. Take out any amount that can help you along the way, even if it’s just $10. I know you are wondering “what in the hell can I do with $10?”. I have an answer: A LOT! With $10, I have gone to vistaprint.com and made business cards, used Fiverr to purchase logos and other graphics, and in a quick meet-up I have paid for the coffee of someone who’s already doing what I aspire to do and soaked up knowledge from them. Trust me, the financial sacrifice will pay off!
Start or join a community with others who are like you.
One of the most essential tools you will need is community. Stay on the lookout for events and meet-ups where you can connect with like-minded individuals. You can benefit from this by learning from each other’s mistakes and passing on knowledge. Can’t find this community I speak of? Then create one. You can find neighbors or even co-workers that are trying to get “unstuck” too. I am currently in the process of building a community of individuals who are working a 9-5 but are looking for a way to transition into a full-time entrepreneur. However you choose to go about it, just remember that the goal is to be empowered, to be held accountable, and connect with people who can possibly change your life.
Use that “sick day” from your job to create.
Gotta love benefits! If you have accrued the hours, take that sick day and work on your dream. Use that day to make the call, send the email, apply for that business structure (i.e. LLC) and permits, or write a chapter for your book. Whatever you do, just DO! Do not use that time to sleep in or day dream; you have an empire to build and limited time in the day to build it. One sick day won’t hurt anyone. (Cough, cough)
You were not put on Earth to just work a job until you die. You have an amazing idea that can generate more revenue than what your job pays or can be a great supplement to your income; and it will solve problems and possibly transform lives. It all starts with a dream. French poet, Victor Hugo, once said “There is nothing like a dream to create the future.” Go create YOUR future and THE future.
All the best to you as you become unstuck between your job and your dream.