We live in an interesting time. Technology is constantly advancing, and change seems to be the new normal.
Jobs are not secure. Yet, we were taught to go to school, get into an unreasonable amount of debt, and hope to do well enough to land a job that will pay you a salary you can live on and pay off the debt you incurred.
The job market is getting challenging with so many people competing for them. So much so, some are competing for jobs with their grandparents. It’s a challenge that many people are facing, but jobs keep food on the table and bills paid.
What’s one to do?
I’m pretty active on social media, particularly Facebook. And one thing I’ve noticed is the rapid increase of people starting new businesses or “hustles”. I personally think it’s an awesome idea to bring more income into the household, but it can be challenging to pull off when you’re working a full-time job and raising a family.
As a mother of two coming out of the corporate world almost 2 years ago, I can attest to the challenges you will face when you’re trying to work a traditional 9-5, and build a business. So, I wanted to touch on a few of those challenges to help you turn your job into your hustle.
Check your attitude
I listed this first because it is the most important. Your attitude will either attract or repel the people you work with, so it’s very important to keep it under control.
Most people work their jobs in misery. They are upset the moment the alarm goes off. They complain about having to make the drive, working with their co-workers, their boss, and “other” things and circumstances that steer them deeper into their hole of distress. Your boss knows you hate your job. Your co-workers know you dislike them. It’s not a secret! Even though you may not say it out loud, you may be communicating that with your behavior by showing up late, calling off of work often, not meeting deadlines, or just showing up to collect a check.
You see, you reap what you sow. The thoughts that you think on a consistent basis will certainly manifest into your life in some fashion- good or bad. If you’re constantly thinking thoughts of dissatisfaction and ungratefulness, you will continue to be dissatisfied and unhappy. This attitude is detrimental if you want to transition into entrepreneurship.
It’s not about you.
Years ago, my mentor taught me to “prosper where you’re planted.” Meaning, to work with diligence and excellence no matter the circumstances. To show up when you say you will (or earlier), meet your deadlines, be willing to do things that aren’t in your job description, and exceed your boss’s expectations to help the company’s bottom line.
The reason? It’s not about you.
Your employer hired you because they knew you’d be qualified to help them achieve their goals. When you get into a habit of performing with the spirit of excellence and taking your employer’s needs personally, it will transform not only your behavior, but your paycheck. It will become second nature to you. Now, let me warn you… it takes practice. It can be challenging when you’re surrounded by the same people that have the same negative attitude every day. But, staying focused will help you overcome it.
Mastering this mindset of excellence at your job, going the extra mile, and doing your part to help your employer succeed will carry over into your bottom line too.
Manage your time
One of the toughest lesson’s I had to learn when I transitioned into a full-time entrepreneur is time-management. When you’re working a job you’re trading your time for money. Your tasks are already laid out for you on a daily basis, and a check is collected every scheduled pay period (whether the work is done or not in some cases).
When I quit my full-time job, I suddenly had too much time on my hands and I didn’t know how to manage it. Then I learned how to turn my time into money. To shift my perspective about how I utilize my time to generate income, simplify my daily tasks, and get more done in less time. Here’s what I learned:
- Focus on things that produce results- It’s easy to fill your day with activities, but are they producing anything…like income? Planning, researching, strategizing, rewriting, reorganizing and thinking about what you’re going to do is not income generating activity. Prospecting and closing sales is.
- Keep it simple.- One of the fastest ways to discourage yourself is to overcomplicate things. Complicating things will introduce doubt and fear into the mix, and that’s not good for any business. Making money is simple with the right product, people, and system in place.
- Say “No.”- Saying no is possibly one of the hardest things for entrepreneurs to learn. Most business owners spend a lot of time chasing opportunities. So when one is presented, it’s hard to turn down. The inclination to say yes to everything is understandable—but that doesn’t make it right, or even productive. Learning how to say that two-letter word isn’t easy, so you have to change the way you think about it: It’s not a negative, it’s a way to protect what you love most.
My friend’s, your job is not a curse to your life- it is a gift. Your job will teach you how to master skills that can help propel you and your business to the next level. Start treating your job like your business, take your employers goals seriously, and be diligent.
How will you apply these principles?
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