Holding a nine to five office based job is no longer enough for a lot of people these days. It’s challenging, to say the least. Especially if you have a family to take care of. But with careful planning and preparedness, I think anyone is capable of finding the right balance and pulling this off.
I once was an employee while running an online selling site on the side. From the website, I gathered monthly extra income to fund my little luxuries. Sure, it was double the work for me most of the time. But technology is a God send and it helped me manage my two jobs well.
Some of the things I pondered on before I moved forward:
What kind of business do I want? It shouldn’t necessarily be related to your desk job. In fact, I would suggest that your business be something that’s related to a hobby or personal interest.
How much time do I want to allocate to my sideline? It’s important that you ask yourself this question and have a ready answer for it. Do you do it after 5pm? Only on weekends? Or daily, but on your lunch break?
Do I need someone’s help to run it? Buyers can be quite demanding. If they don’t hear from you right away, they can take their business elsewhere. Determine if you need a second person to help out.
What kind of payments should I accept? If you ask me, it should be any and all. The more flexible you are, the more people can buy from you.
If your business is online-based … do I want to hire somebody to design a website? Or should I use popular social networking platforms such as Facebook or Multiply? You need to think about this because your own website means an added cost to you.
Lastly, and this is a no brainer, how serious am I about having a sideline? Your time is precious but your customer’s time is far more precious than yours. Ask yourself if you can really, truly manage.
The key is to choose a business that you like. If you do this, it will never feel like a burden to you to juggle two jobs at the same time. In fact, the extra income will surely do you a lot of good.
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