Money For Lunch – 5 Tips on How to Balance a Consulting Business and a Job at the Same Time

5 Tips on How to Balance a Consulting Business and a Job at the Same Time

September 13, 2017 10:01 AM0 commentsViews: 10

 

Leaving a day job and starting your own business is not always a viable option, but that doesn’t necessarily have to be a bad thing. The secret to building wealth lies in creating multiple sources of income and that’s why you can turn this seemingly difficult situation into one of advantage by learning to balance your current job with your business. If you are wondering how to do that, here are five tips to help you get started on the right path.

Ask for Help from the Right People

Business mentors such as Sam Ovens have dedicated a lot of time and effort in developing plans and programs for regular people who want to start a consulting business of their own, so they know the struggles you are going through while trying to manage your 9 to 5 and your business at the same time. Not only will his advice help you in balancing the two, but he will also help you to jump hurdles and avoid making mistakes right from the outset.

The Power of the Naysayer

The general consensus is that if you say no to things too often, you will be missing out. In truth, that’s not always the case and certainly not so when it comes to business. If you have to deny more often than accept in order to maintain the quality of your work and keep the balance in between your two jobs, say no as much as you need to. It isn’t uncommon for people to bite off more than they can chew just because they could not say no to anything and that is precisely where balance gets disrupted.

There is No Break Time

It may sound a little gloomy, but if you want to succeed in this, you will really need to work very hard here. Your current office job will take away a large portion of your day, but that doesn’t mean you can’t use the lunch break to make a few extra calls to your existing clients or pitch to a few new ones. One day, you will be able to leave your job behind, but until then, there are no breaks during the day!

Technology is Bliss

Technological innovations are, by their very definition, meant to help us solve problems and perform tasks easier and faster; so it only makes sense that you use technology to its full extent and save as much of the precious little time in your hand as possible. Schedule your emails, pre-set your social media posts, set up automatic email replies and utilise social media tools to derive and analyse relevant data for your clients. These are, of course, a few very non-specific examples, so feel free to use any tools that you think might help you to manage your time more efficiently and be more productive for your clients.

You Get What You See

Transparency is very important when running a consultancy business because the very foundation of this business is built on trust. In order for your clients to trust you, maintaining transparency about your day job is essential. Tell them right from the beginning that you have to work a 9 to 5 for now and if some of them decide not to work with you for that, that’s alright because the ones who will are the ones you need. This will set realistic expectations in your clients’ minds regarding the amount of time they can expect from you and you will find managing the business and the job a lot easier for that.

The following tips will help you manage things better, but remember that the ultimate goal is to be able to concentrate entirely on your business one day. In order for that to happen, you will have to focus to the best of your abilities on the work that you do for your clients today, because the more they succeed, the closer you will get to that goal.

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