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It would be great if you could treat your business like a 9-5 job, but that’s not possible. Especially not at first.
At some point in the future, your aim is to work as little as possible. That’s why I love passive income. I can make money when I take a vacation or when I spent the evening or weekend with my kids. However, when you start off, you can’t treat your business like a 9-5 job.
You will need to do some weekends. You will need to work the evenings. If you work as if you’re in a 9-5 job, you’re leaving a lot of growth and opportunities on the table.
You need to work around your current job
Let’s just start with the fact that your new business idea is going to be a side hustle at first. You’ll need to work the evenings and weekends to be able to grow things. If you don’t, when are you going to work? During your lunch break?
Is it going to be annoying? Yes. You want to spend time with your children, or your partner wants some attention. You may want to spend a weekend at the market or head out on a vacation somewhere. You can’t do that if you have a side hustle that you want to turn into a full-time job.
This is why it’s so important to talk to other people in the house when it comes to creating a side hustle. Make sure you have a plan to work on your business and spend time with your loved ones at the same time.
You’re not working a traditional 9-5 job
There are high chances that you’re not working in an industry that runs a typical 9-5 timeframe. With that in mind, you can’t treat your business like a 9-5 job.
Let’s just look at one of the niches I write in. It’s entertainment, and I do a lot about the TV shows on broadcast on an evening. I have to wait for the episodes to air to watch and write about some of them. That means I could be writing at 10 p.m. at night. If I waited until 9 a.m. the next day, I’d lose out on views for some of the posts that I’d be writing. I’m leaving money on the table.
With that in mind, I tend not to work too late into the afternoon. As soon as the kids get home from school at 4 p.m., I’m off work. Everyone else I know works for another two hours. I do things with the kids and then go back to work once the kids are in bed for the two hours that I’d miss out on usually.
This is just one example. There are all sorts of niches and business ideas that don’t work for weekday-only work.
Work when it suits you best
If you’re anything like me, you’re not a morning person. Working late at night is a preference. In fact, the mornings I don’t have my kids, I tend to work late the night before and sleep in the next day. Why get up if I don’t need to?
Don’t treat your business like a 9-5 job. That’s possibly not the best time for you to work. One of the best things you get to do when you start a new business is work when it works for you. If that means working through the night and sleeping during the day, why aren’t you doing it?
Of course, this is going to be as you get yourself established and are able to quit your day job. Until then, you’re stuck working around that schedule.
When can you treat your business like a 9-5 job?
But you want to only work when everyone else does, right? You want to be able to enjoy the weekends away and not have to worry about how you’re making money. That’s the whole point of having a side hustle.
You can do this when you have the passive income to allow you to take some time off. You can do it when you are in a place financially that it makes sense.
Let’s say you’ve set up your business to bring in $5,000 per month and you only need to do two hours a day to keep promotion going and to keep that income rolling in. Then you get to work those two hours a day and spend the rest of the time relaxing. Or you could find a way to replicate that with something else.
If that’s the dream and you’re not there yet, it’s not time to treat your business the way you want it to be. This isn’t about faking it until you make it. It’s about putting the effort in to make it.
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