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IF your sec­ond job comes from start­ing a busi­ness on the side, there are an ad­di­tional set of con­sid­er­a­tions to tackle.

Talk to the fam­ily.

It’s es­sen­tial you have the sup­port of your fam­ily be­fore start­ing. Dis­cuss the idea with them and ex­plain the pres­sures it will cre­ate on fam­ily life and free time.

Give fam­ily mem­bers tasks.

The best way to in­volve the fam­ily is to make them part of the ven­ture.

Be a time man­ager.

Jug­gling hours for full- time work and a part- time dream means you have to take ad­van­tage of ev­ery minute. Use lunch hours and free time to work on the busi­ness.

For­get the lux­u­ries.

Quiet nights in front of the TV, go­ing out to the movies and restau­rants could be sac­ri­ficed ini­tially to spend time on the busi­ness.

Con­fine busi­ness to one room.

Try and limit your of­fice equip­ment and stor­age to just one room, oth­er­wise you’ll be un­able to es­cape the pres­sures.

Don’t let the day job slip.

The per­for­mance at your full- time job is crit­i­cal.

Don’t make busi­ness calls dur­ing your day job.

The risk is you will get fired.

Never com­pete with the boss.

Apart from be­ing un­eth­i­cal, you can be ac­cused of fraud by pinch­ing ideas and sys­tems. Start a to­tally dif­fer­ent busi­ness.

Don’t use com­pany equip­ment.

Un­less you have per­mis­sion from your em­ployer, and of­fer to pay for any­thing used, do not use the boss’s pho­to­copier or PCs for your busi­ness.

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