DON’T NEGLECT THE DAY JOB
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.