From 9-5 to Entreprenuer
Going from working a 9-5 job to becoming an entrepreneur is always a difficult transition. It's something that I struggled with for my first whole year in this industry. Work life balance is hard, learning when to say no to and learning to treat your business like a business not a hobby is always a big challenge. Not to mention that half of your friends and family think that you are apart of some crazy pyramid scheme.
Many times your just not ready to up and quit your job, but where do you find the time to devote to your business? Between working 40 to 50 hours a week and your family how do you do it. My answer is always the same, very carefully. Running my online business while working my regular retail position was very hard for me. There were many times that I wanted to quit my business but the first thing you must do is find your why.
What is Your Why?
Your why is the reason you began working from home in the first place. That reason is different for everyone. For me, I wanted to be able to care for my families every need and be close to them. I wanted a business that wouldn't tie me to one location. I wanted to travel, be mobile and work wherever I wanted. For you, it may be to spend more time with your children, to be a stay at home mom or dad, to care for an ill parent, to leave a job that you hate, or to just retire early and live your life on your terms. When you figure out what that why is, hold on to it tight because that's gonna be your drive. If will be what keeps you going when you want to quit. Believe me.... You will want to quit at some point. Your desire to keep going will be the difference between you an all the other marketers out there who tried, failed and continued on with a life that they just aren't happy with. You see, I have always known that I was destined to do something different in my life. It has always been on my heart ever since I was old enough to work. I started out in network marketing like many others but in the end, it just wasn't the right place for me. I wanted to do more, to speak to all the people out there who believe that they were destined for better than that minimum wage job. They deserve to live that dream life.
From 9-5 to Entrepreneur
- Find Your Why
- Make a Schedule
- Make a 6 most Important Thing to do List
Like I stated earlier, you need to first find your why. It has to be big. Big enough to make you fight for the lifestyle that you envision. Next you need to make a schedule. That's right, for the next 120 days you need to make a schedule every Sunday. That schedule you can not change. If you have a friend that says "I haven't seen you in so long, let's do dinner on Wednesday." Your answer will be no because you are scheduled to work your business from 7pm to 12am.Working a schedule like that even 5 days a week will give you about 25 hours a week. That's pretty good for someone who already works 40 hours a week but you will be getting a ton of work done. After your 120 days you have room to be a little more flexible with your schedule.
Make sure you post your business hours for your family to see. Color code it so everyone is on the same page. Give your family an incentive to help you achieve your monthly goals. When you achieve the goal, they get a family outing or individual surprises. It makes them feel not left out when your home, working, but not catering to their every need. It also includes them in your business and gives them a sense of work ethic.
My last tip is to get a 6 most important things list together at night before bed. It keeps you from wondering what you need to get done the next day. It keeps you from wasting time when it's actually time to sit down and work. Prioritize the list by what is most important and what needs to get done first. Whatever you do not get done, move it to you 6 most important things list for tomorrow.
Time to go out there and run your business like a business and not a hobby.