The balance of employee vs. entrepreneur
I come across people every week that are trying to balance between launching their dreams and still working as a good employee. How does one balance it all? Do you abandon your dreams and stick with your 9-5? Do you quit your full-time job and go for it?
It is difficult to move the needle with your side hustle and still produce outstanding work for your employer. But its possible.
Below are some practical tips on how to manage both:
Make the Most of Your Time: If your primary job is from “9-5” – without question, you must make the most of your mornings and evenings. Most people will advise that you discover if you are a morning or evening person. However, if you are an entrepreneur and an employee, it really doesn’t matter which time of day you prefer. Early mornings are not optional; it is a must. It sets the tone for your day and helps you to establish clarity. Mornings give you the additional time and clarity to get work and strategy done for your passions and get a head start on your 9-5. But evenings are important too. Burning the candle at both ends may not be everyday – but at least commit to being an early riser or putting in an evening shift (weekends too) at least a few times a week or month.
Automate, automate, automate: As much as you can, automate your life. Anything that you can possibly automate, consider doing it. This ranges from having your coffee brewing when you wake up, to your emails being sent throughout the day or social media posts. Take inventory of your life. Anything that you can remove from thinking too much about or having to manually do, try to automate. I am a big user of Buffer and Acuity Scheduling. Both help me to automate my life.
Calendar It: This kinda goes without saying, but I am surprised by how many people do not use a calendar. Or worse – they use too many calendars and have things spread out everywhere. Figure out the best calendar for your personality: online vs. written, day view vs. monthly view, etc. Don’t rely on just your memory or your inbox. Take that pressure off of yourself and use that extra mental energy for your work.
Write it Down: Using a calendar is very different from having a “to-do” list. It is important to create a to-do list each day. I used to separate my lists from corporate job vs. side gig. But now, I don’t. For me, it doesn’t matter. What needs to get done – must get done. I put it all on a list and then prioritize my list. Some things on my side hustle are top priority that day and requires me to take a moment out of my day or get up extra early to return a call or email, etc. Get into a habit of writing your “to-do” list each day.
Get clear on your Why: You will get tired and frustrated and wonder “why am I doing this?” You must be very clear on your why. Remember why you started and what you are passionate about. If you don’t have a good why – then it will be very difficult to continue during difficult times.
Know Your Brand: When you know your brand, not just your company brand, but your personal brand, it is much easier to know what to accept and deny in your professional and personal life. When you know what YOU the product is focused on – you will have a better vision of where to spend your time and how to promote yourself and your business. Knowing your personal brand brings clarity in all areas of your life.
If you need assistance with your personal branding or want more information on balancing your career and your business, contact me for a complimentary session to discuss more.