Most employees are not just expected to put in the required time and efforts in their employment but are hardly expected to combine it with any other. Thus, it appears herculean or even unthinkable to run a business while in full time employment.
But it is not impossible to juggle the two seemingly conflicting schedules. Just that you need more planning and discipline to see it through, especially when you are not yet ready to leave your paid job.
This write up is just suggesting some types of business that can be so combined without necessarily undermining your employment.
But still, think carefully before choosing to go down the entrepreneurial path; it carries a lot more challenges than punching in for your daily 9-to-5, and it requires a lot more sacrifice and hard work.
However, once you’re finally reaping the benefits of owning your own business and hustling your way to more money, the sweat and tears you invested will have all been worth it, a whole world of difference, far better life than paid job.
And you do not have to quit your day job in order to get started, and by that way you take less risk but more challenges.
Five o’clock may mean happy hour or video games for some, but for a growing number of professionals, it means shutting down the computer at the paid employment and firing up that business at home.
So, if you’re fired up to this challenge you then have to select what kind of business you want to start that aligns with not only your present employment circumstance but the whole of your life circumstance and vision.
A great way to succeed with a business or product is to fill a need, and everyone needs and must have to eat. If you love to cook and have access to a kitchen, you’re halfway there. Shelf-stable products, candy, jerky, baked goods: You’re only limited by what you choose. Find a food you’re passionate about, or options that fits your circumstance.
If food is your passion, there’s a way to make it a business.
Be in Familiar Terrain
Sell what you know. Packaging your skills and knowledge into an ebook or other forms of communication for people seeking to learn a skill or build their career can be highly profitable if you have a strong value proposition and know your target audience.
If you’re an expert on any topic, there’s likely an audience of people willing to pay to learn what you know. If your expertise does not lend itself to ebook form, you might also create and share online courses. Either way, once you create the digital content, you can continue to sell it over and over again. There’s no inventory threshold or manufacturing cost.
This may require you acquire techy knowledge because you will need to do many businesses these days and it not only eliminates costs but makes delivery more efficient.
You can set up online courses quickly and start turning over a regular side income while adding new materials in the evenings when you’re free. It’s a smart start to a consultancy business further down the road.
Run a blog.
Blogging is a fantastic method for building side income. Tens of thousands of bloggers create content every day on topics as diverse as travel, cooking, parenting, art, health, lifestyle and more. Through a combination of marketing to subscribers, affiliate marketing, advert revenue and sponsorships, these bloggers are growing revenue daily.
What’s more is that as your writing skills build, alongside your better grasp of content marketing, you can start marketing yourself to businesses in need of a skilled writer. And you can do that any time and anywhere you like.
Learn graphic design.
Having a formal background or education in graphic design will be fairly helpful here. But, with that said, it’s not difficult to learn the foundations of graphic design on your own. With more accessible Adobe software and websites like Canva and Visme, you just need some determination, creativity and a passion for design to get started.
Almost all printed materials pass through a graphic designer and there are millions of such materials rolled out daily.
This is for really techy people. It might seem like there’s an app for everything, but then someone comes along and revolutionizes the way we do something all over again. App development is a new and growing industry, and there’s always a need to be filled.
Learning to code might take a little time, but once you start developing, you can comfortably set your own hours to get your app launched. Coding is also a great gateway to building a bigger business when the time is right.