I understand the pain of working a job you don’t like and the desire to go full-time to start your own business.
However, reality works much differently. Reality requires income for the day-to-day necessities, bills, and more.
Unless you have investors, quitting your job is not the best choice when you want to start a business.
There are things you can do to become happier in the process while you start your business on the side. The below is what I recommend so that you are able to make progress with your business while still employed.
What Exactly Is Your Business?
First things first. What is the business that you want to start? It will help to define what it is you want to do.
I have come up with numerous business ideas. I wasn’t passionate about any of them. Without passion, it is difficult to follow through.
I came up with the ideas as a way to get myself out of a cubicle. I was forced out of the cubicle via a job layoff.
Therefore, I didn’t have time to come up with a new business idea, let alone start one that would produce significant income to live on.
Being employed allows you time to really hash out what you want your business to be. Not everyone starts a business from a passion.
However, I think starting a business that not only solves a problem but brings you joy in the process is the foundation for a long-lasting business.
Think about what it is you truly want to do. Ask yourself if you will be tired of it after 6 months? The last thing you want to do is trade one job for a business that feels as lousy as the job you left.
As for myself, I have always had a passion for affiliate marketing. Up until my layoff, I never devoted the time necessary to making it a long-term business.
Now I’ve dedicated myself to learning how to set up an affiliate marketing business properly. It starts with receiving the right training.
Free training in one place is even better!
What If I Really Hate My Job?
You are not alone. About 70% of employees hate their job.
If you fall into this category, here is what you can do to end the misery of a job you hate.
Find a Job Doing Something Completely Different
You’re at an advantage right now because you still have income coming in. Start researching jobs you qualify for that are opposite of what you do now.
Finding a lower-stress job has many benefits while you start your business. After I was laid off, I hustled to make ends meet.
I did a lot of freelance work and started selling on eBay. I decided that I couldn’t take on another cubicle job while growing our business.
I knew that it would stress me out and leave me too tired and miserable to work on our business. I found a low-stress job that works extremely well with what I’m doing.
Hating a job is often the reason for wanting to quit and devote yourself 100% to your business. Unless you’ve already started your business awhile ago and it is generating some income, quitting a job can make your life more stressful.
Struggling to make ends meet while you are trying to grow a business can lead to depression and wanting to give up altogether.
Trust me when I say it is much easier to alleviate the stress of a job you hate by exchanging it for a different job that is lower-stress.
Stay Focused On Your Business or You’ll Stay Stuck in Your Job
I stayed at my last job a lot longer than I had intended. When I got the job, my goal was to work there for 6 months to a year.
Do you know what happened? I lost focus on starting my own business. I became comfortable and stayed there for many years until I was laid off.
I became comfortable receiving my paycheck. I didn’t take my debt seriously and felt imprisoned by a paycheck.
Sometimes I feel the universe forces you into situations that are uncomfortable in order to reach your dreams. That is how I took the layoff.
It was one of the best things to happen to me. It was the kick in the butt I needed to get a handle on my debt, define my business, and make better job decisions.
When I’m not giving my time to my job, I am working on our business.
I’ve set goals and I use the pain of trading my time for money as a motivational factor to stay hyper-focused on our business.
I stay focused on our dream of lifestyle freedom and all that we want to accomplish. I feel like a high-speed train that will run over any obstacle that stands in my way of pursuing my dream.
Each day I clock-in and out of work, I mentally mark it off as a day closer to resigning and living our dream.
Stay focused or you will find yourself stuck, comfortable, and living paycheck to paycheck.
Three Books I Highly Recommend to Help You Stay Focused
The following are three business books that have changed my focus. You may have read them already but if not, do so now.
These books are often recommended by lots of people who are entrepreneurs. I have read them all twice and refer back to them often.
Sometimes you need to do that to stay on track. Here they are:
- Rich Dad Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki
- Rich Dad’s CASHFLOW Quadrant: Rich Dad’s Guide to Financial Freedom by Robert Kiyosaki
- The Millionaire Fastlane: Crack the Code to Wealth and Live Rich for a Lifetime by MJ DeMarco
Do You Want to Start a Business Today?
Are you interested in starting a business but have no idea where to start? I felt the same way until I discovered affiliate marketing.
What makes affiliate marketing an ideal business to get into is because it has very low start-up costs, there is no inventory to buy, no shipping, and no customer service.
All that you need to start is your own website and passion for a specific topic. You can get your own free website and free starter training inside of the Wealthy Affiliate training center.
I am an active member there and I am happy to help you with any questions you have.