How to Balance a Business and a Full-Time Job

balancing a business and a full-time job

I’ve been operating my business full-time for most of the 5 years I’ve been in business. But, last fall I was offered an opportunity I couldn’t resist and I’m now balancing a business and a full-time job. I’m probably insane for taking this on, but I promised myself I would only do it if I could do so without compromising the quality of my service and my integrity with my clients.

So far, so good. And what has made me successful thus far is creating a beautiful balance between my business, my job, and my self-care. As you know, I’ve experienced the negative effects of working myself too hard while neglecting my well-being, so it was important to me that I not repeat my past mistakes.

I know that most of my readers are new business owners and are still working a 9-5. And I often hear from a lot of my clients how hard it is to juggle the two. So, in today’s blog I’d like to share some tips that have worked for me and those I’ve coached in hopes that they can help you too!

1. Simplify Your Plan

Your time is extremely limited and it’s best to be focused on just one or two things with your business at a time. (For example, this is not the time to try to be on every social media platform. Just pick one and master it!)

Try picking ONE quantifiable goal for the quarter. Then each month, just pick THREE goals that will help you reach your quarter goal. And that’s it! Just because you’re business doesn’t mean you’re being productive!

By simplifying your plan and being intentional about a FEW goals you’re more focused on quality than quantity. You actually get much farther because you’re not spreading yourself too thin. You’re also better able to measure your results and adjust with better accuracy.

2. Delegate

When balancing a business and a full-time job, your time is very valuable. YOU CANNOT DO EVERYTHING YOURSELF! So, this brings me to my next tip: DELEGATE, DELEGATE, DELEGATE!

I know what you’re thinking… I just started my business and I’m not even turning a profit yet. It’s just me, how can I delegate? There are little things that you can delegate to someone else to do that will save you TONS of time and allow you to focus on more important, MONEY MAKING ACTIVITIES. And, it doesn’t require hiring someone full-time.

Hiring someone to support your business for just 5-10 hours per months, to start, is affordable and allows you to focus your limited time more effectively. What can you delegate? Little things like: looking for pictures for your blog, researching places for you to speak, inputting your new contacts into your database, being the point of contact for anything while you’re at work…

Anything that you find yourself wasting hours of time doing, that doesn’t require your brain power, can be delegated! The best part about delegating is that the tasks will get done a lot quicker because they’re in THEIR zone of genius!

3. Create a weekly schedule

Create a master weekly schedule that you will follow that includes all of your responsibilities for work, your business, and your personal life. Instead of just winging it from day to day, constantly trying to scratch off tasks on your to-do list, schedule time for your most important business tasks.

Schedule when you’ll write your blog, engage on social media, go to networking events, make your sales calls, measure your progress, see your clients, and create new content. This will ensure that you’re not always spending your time putting out fires. Instead, you can spend more time working ON your business and not just IN your business.

This will also help you to be more realistic about how much time you have to commit to additional responsibilities. It will help you to say “no” to things that are a distraction from your ultimate goals.

And, make sure to schedule time in your week to plan the week ahead. I like to call this your CEO time. During this time you can ask yourself, what are the most important tasks I need to give my attention to this week? What adjustments do I need to make this week because of personal commitments or special events?

4. Hold yourself accountable

At your job, there are systems in place to measure your progress and hold you accountable. But with your business, YOU are your boss. You don’t have anyone to answer to and maintaining self-discipline can be challenging.

This is why it’s important to have a coach, accountability partner, and/or a mastermind group that you can check in with often to make sure that you stay on track. The environment that you surround yourself with is very important and plays a huge part in your success!

5. Maintain proper boundaries

In a previous article, I give lots of tips on how to create and maintain boundaries with your clients and your team (click here to check it out). But, it’s also important to create and maintain boundaries with your friends, family, and loved ones.

Once you’ve decided how you’re going to divide your time between your business, job, and personal life, it’s important that you also share your schedule with those who will be affected by your new intentions. And once you do, it’s then a good idea to ask for their support and tell them what you’ll need in order to be successful.

If you need uninterrupted time for a couple hours a day, ask for that. If you need to someone else to cook dinner a couple times a week, ask for that. Communicate, ask for what you want, and stand firm in what you need.

6. Invest in the highest level of self care

I always say, self-care is not something that you earn. But, how often do we treat it that way? It’s so easy to neglect ourselves and sacrifice our well-being in order to achieve our goals. We feel like being a martyr makes us even more deserving of success, but really all it does it make us sick.

Decide today what you need to give yourself in order to be your best self, and start doing it now. It doesn’t have to just be bubble baths and pedicures. It could be creating a daily spiritual practice, or a morning and evening routine. If you’re not sure where to start you can check out this article here where I give more ideas of how to create a self-care routine you love.

When you invest in yourself in this way, you open yourself up to be more creative, more productive, and ultimately more successful. You’ll be able to get a lot more done during the limited time that you have, with greater clarity and focus. Every business owner that has created long-term success has learned the value in ultimate self-care. So, invest in your number one asset…which is YOU.

 

If you found these tips helpful, or want some further support on balancing your job and business, I’d love to chat with you! Join me this Sunday at 6p EST when I’ll be going LIVE on Facebook (fb.com/coachtiko) to discuss this topic and more! See you Sunday!

 

 

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  1. Really well stated. You always drop pearls of wisdom. Thanks.

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