Are you desperate to escape the 9-5 but you feel pretty trapped in the corporate lifestyle? Once you have started a corporate job, the idea of leaving can seem pretty daunting. Going from a steady income to who knows what?!
Well, I want you to feel like it is completely possible to do so. I admit, I never got on to the corporate ladder. I worked as a waitress, a shop assistant and a fitness instructor, and I had every goal set on landing a job in an investment banking firm straight out of university.
You might be wondering, how can I write this post if I have never been in the position?
My experience regarding this was the fact that I was a student when I started my business. If anything, that makes things 100 times harder. I still had rent to pay, food to buy and my only income was a student loan (which basically just covered my rent!). Yet somehow, I have started my own business and you bet it's growing!
Maybe my situation sounds like yours or maybe it's similar, either way, these tips might help you. My goal is to show you that there is a way out. You don't have to work the 9-5 anymore if that's not for you! I realized I didn't want to work the 9-5 a few years ago and now I am never looking back...
1. Take Advantage Of Your Spare Time...
I completely believe that it is essential you don't overwork yourself and put yourself first because health is wealth, right?! However, growing a business and working a full time job isn't going to be easy - if not everyone would probably be doing it!
Have a think about the time you can spare throughout your day. What do you do on your lunch break? Could you be researching, building a website or writing blog posts?
Another thing to consider is whether you could get up an hour earlier to spend on your business. That hour a day will start to add up and it might be easier to work on your business when everyone else is asleep.
If not, maybe you are a night owl and want to stay up an hour later. It might be a better use of your time than watching Netflix. However, everyone needs a Netflix binge sometimes... am I right?!
2. Spend Money In The Right Areas
It's good to treat yourself once in a while but is it possible a few of your luxuries could be cut out your spending while your business grows?
I am not saying save all your money, I am suggesting investing in things that are going to help your business. The best thing you can invest in is yourself.
Find books that will support your business growth and help you feel inspired, attend classes or take an online course, hire a personal assistant to help you get more done. A lot of the time, you need to spend money to make money. Not every investment you make will pay off but investing in yourself is probably the safest and best investment that you could make.
3. Don't Worry About Getting That Promotion
Your goal is to build the business of your dreams, not get trapped in the corporate rat race anymore than you already are. If the reason you are in your 9-5 is to pay the bills while you build a business, a promotion is the least of your worries.
This means that you don't need to be breaking your back to do things that aren't even part of your job description just because they 'look good'. Save your valuable energy for what really is important to you.
Don't get me wrong, I am sure a promotion could help everyone a little because that means more money for your business. However, you might find that the extra time and energy from not taking the promotion is much more valuable for you.
One of the most valuable resources your 9-5 likely provides you is your colleagues (or if you are a student, the people in your classes!).These people might be the ones who one day will buy your products/services, work for your business or offer you some great advice or investment.
Obviously, I don't like the idea of using people. However, being a little more friendly and making an effort to say hello as you come into the office could go a long way after you do leave your job and business is booming.
Outsourcing can seem pretty scary at first because moreeee money being spent. However, as your business grows, you might need more than one set of hands helping you out.
Consider where your weaknesses are, or what tasks you don't enjoy and consider paying someone to help you. You might find that it costs you a bit, however, the chances are the way it helps your business grow will pay you back in the long run!
To do this, you can check out sites like upwork to find freelancers for whatever it is you need.
6. Make An Exit Strategy
Consider your costs and how much you need to earn to cover all your bills. At what point can you finally take the leap and quit?
Without an exit strategy, you might find it very hard to get into the mindset of an entrepreneur. You need to believe in yourself if you want others to believe in your business. Having an end goal in mind is going to show to yourself that you are taking this seriously.
If you don't have an exit strategy, the chances are you will never actually go for it. You will keep telling yourself that you are waiting for the right time. Mindset is everything when it comes to being an entrepreneur.
Hopefully this inspired you to start growing your own business and stop letting the 9-5 get in your way! It is completely possible, you just need to take action!