7 Tips for Growing a Business While Working a Full-Time Job

Having a full-time job and running a few businesses on the side can be quite a challenge. I have; a 9-5 job, I run this blog, I am growing my Instagram account, I run a Poshmark closet, and I own an event and wedding planning business. All while being a wife to my husband and being a mom to my Rottweiler baby and my siamese cat. For today’s Work it Wednesday, I am going to be sharing a few tips with you that can help you work while you work.

7 tips

Tip 1. Wake up early

Waking up an hour earlier each day can give you the extra time that is needed to finish that blog post or post inventory that you didn’t have time to do the night before.

Tip 2. Have a daily routine

Having a daily routine will help to stay organized and make time after work for your business that you are hoping to leave your 9-5 for.

Tip 3. Set Goals

I know that I am repetitive with this tip, but I am going to share it again. Set goals for yourself.  Setting goals will keep you on track, with a full-time job, getting side tracked is a very easy thing to do.

Tip 4. Make time for your future business

Utilize every break that you have. Instead of playing Uno after lunch, pull out your laptop and get those e-mails out. Post to your business Facebook or Instagram. If you are a PoshBabe, share those clothes on Poshmark and figure out a way to make that sale. If you are trying to break 1 million Instagram followers, make sure that you use your 15-minute break to reply to every single comment.  whatever you can to make that extra dollar while you are not getting paid for that one-hour lunch break.

Tip 5. Set timers

Setting timers will also help to manage your time correctly. Give your self only so much time in the morning to do your makeup. Have a timer set for cleaning the house, that way you don’t stay up all night cleaning and getting carried away. Set a timer for daily meditation and affirmations. Saving time will help you succeed, remember, you have the same amount of hours in a day as Beyonce.

Tip 6. Keep a journal

Having a journal with you at your 9-5 is perfect for jotting down all of your business ideas. This tip is perfect for those that have the best ideas during very random times throughout the day.

Tip 7. Take a day off

Allow yourself a day off, if not, you will get burnt out fast.

Well, there you have it! 7 of my biggest tips for running a business while you have a full-time job. It can get hard at times, but just keep chugging along. You didn’t get this far, only to get this far. 

A Celebration List

Work, work, clean house, some more work. Ugh does it ever end? How come I have been working for the last three days, and still feel like I haven't accomplished anything?? I have crossed some things off of my list, so why is there so much left? It's because I am looking at my list all wrong. You heard me, all wrong I tell you!

Every Monday morning I sit down with my coffee, listen to a podcast, and write a list of everything that I need to accomplish for the week. That's normal right? As the week goes by, I will cross off everything that I have done on that list. Well when I look at that list at the end of the week, I get so pissed off at myself when I look at everything that is still unaccomplished.

One morning while I was sipping my amazing coffee, I was listening to the Style Your Mind podcast, hosted by Cara Alwill Leyba. She explained that she writes a celebration list. At the end of every day or every week, she will write down everything that she had accomplished during that time. So instead of kicking herself, she celebrates herself for all of her hard work.

What a brilliant idea! I will make two separate lists, one for everything that needs to be done for the week, and another for all of my celebrations! If I keep throwing out negative thoughts out into the universe about my list, guess what the universe is going to hit me with?

So from now on, I will be writing a celebration list to go along with every to do list!