Finding time to build an online business and work a 9 to 5 job is difficult. Even if you are a full-time mom, that’s a full-time job and a half. I never said it was going to be a walk in the park but it’s absolutely doable.
I say that because I did it. Not the full-time mom part but the 9 to 5 part. 🙂 There’s that saying if I can do it, you can too. And if you want financial freedom and a better future it is also worth the effort. It’s actually only difficult in the first month to 3 months and it gets a heck of a lot easier once you get into a routine.
Ok, Here’s how to find the time for an online Business.
No Time – Just an Excuse?
I know this is the first thing I said when I was thinking of creating an online business. But somehow as busy as I was, I found 3 – 5 hours to watch TV during the week. I found myself binge-watching Youtube videos on the internet that served no real purpose. I found myself playing a few hours of video games a week. So no time was definitely an excuse for me.
When a friend of mine asked me to join for a barbeque. I found myself saying “I’m busy”.
Arghhhh, the worst answer you can give a friend when they invite you to their home.
The real answer was my time management skills needed improving.
The truth is almost all of us have busy lives, If you have a family, if you have a job, if you have kids, if you are a full-time university student, you are a busy person.
But, that shouldn’t stop you from achieving your goals in life. It shouldn’t stop you from having a better future, financial freedom and enjoying life.
“Busy people are average people”. I read that while researching for this article. So don’t be a busy person. Instead, be a productive person.
Once you identified where your time is being spent unproductively. You can use that time to allocate it to build a side business.
And you know what?
The time I was working on a full-time job and working on my business was the most productive time I spent on my business.
Why? Because I knew I only had a limited amount of time to spend. So, I made sure I got some work done before bedtime or before I had to mow the lawn.
I found myself concentrating and getting a lot of work done when I had 2 – 4 hours to spend than when I had a whole day.
Now, if you want to do this, you’re gonna need to make some sacrifices. Sacrifices today so you can have a better future.
You know where you can make the sacrifices. That might be your TV time, video game time, internet time.
You could also maybe work before you go to your 9 to 5 or before the kids wake up. This means you will need to wake up an hour or 2 earlier than usual, but you will find after you get used to it that it’s the most peaceful, quiet time of the day you could have.
Depending on your work you could possibly fit in an hour or 2 after work and longer on the
Try to build up about 10 – 15 hours a week, of course, more is better but that’s a good start. It all adds up in a year. That’s 500 – 800 hours spent on building your business at the end of the year.
Everyone’s life is different. So figure out where you can find time for your business.
Think about the bigger picture. Where you want to be in a years time, 2 years time. Do you want to live the same life you are living now, or a better one?
Yeah, it’s more work now and you are tired after work/housework, but whenever you feel like not working on your business, remind yourself why you started it.
Do the Important Things First
Remember your priorities! Your health, your family/friends and your job if you are working full-time.
Your health is the most important. So do not sacrifice your exercise time or sleeping time.
Tell your family what you’re trying to do. Because you’re going to need the support of your family. They will need to be understanding. Tell them all the benefits of what you’re trying to achieve. It’s best to get them on the same page as you so that when it gets difficult, you have your spouse or friend to motivate you.
It’s definitely a balancing act. Keep your priorities in check and work on the business.
Don’t Miss This Opportunity
Thanks to the internet a lot of new jobs have been created that just wasn’t possible before. Whereas before running a business meant a lot of risks.
The internet has created so many jobs that weren’t there before. Now you can learn absolutely anything and anyone can be an online business owner.
I learned how to build my business all from an online course and my research on the internet.
Now, everyone can build a website and create an online business. It has given us access to 5 billion people that use the internet and has made some people millionaires.
With an internet based business, you hardly have any risk. Risks that come with physical business aren’t there for an online business.
- You don’t have to pay a huge rent for floor space
- You don’t have to worry about hiring and paying employees
- You don’t have to worry about paying utility bills
The costs to run an internet-based business is next to nothing compared to a physical business. Yet if you do it right, it can make you very rich.
Businesses That Started as a Side Business
Remember that you are not the only one to do this. There are many people who started their online business as a side hustle to make some extra cash. Some of them went onto
Etsy is a website that sells unique and vintage goods. It was launched in 2005 as a side business and now has over 54 million users.
Khan Academy was launched in 2008 as a way for Salman Khan to teach one of his cousins. Soon more people including family members and strangers requested Sal Khan for his lessons. This prompted Sal Khan to launch Khan Academy as an online education platform so people all over the world have access to it.
Core Values You Need to Become a Successful Business Owner
You need to be focused 100% every-time you work on the business.
I remember when I first started on this journey I was easily distracted. I tried to do too many lessons at once, instead of learning 1 method really well before moving to a new one.
It’s not that hard to stay on track once you are mentally strong and focused. I saw a change in me once I decided that no matter the distraction, I’m going to finish the task at hand. After a month, it became so much easier and my brain automatically knew what to do when I sat next to the computer.
Oh and I had a trick to help me with the distractions. I had a notepad and pen next to me when I worked. Whatever distraction that came to my head, I wrote it down on the notepad. Once I finish the task at hand I did the things that I wrote down.
Hope that helps if you have a bad case of mind wondering like me. Lol.
Have a Schedule
I can’t stress enough how important this is. Having a schedule helped me to figure out what I’m doing for the day and what I need to accomplish by the end of the week. Seriously, that’s what kept me on track.
It helps when I can access my schedule on my laptop at home and on my phone on the go. So I use
What is the definition of commitment?
“an engagement or obligation that restricts freedom of action.”
Once you commit to something, in this case building your side business. You no longer have a choice between TV or working on your business.
Don’t just come into it thinking “I’ll see how it goes”. Because what will end up happening is, a
Quitters aren’t winners. I know so many people that started with lots of motivation and 5 months later they are no longer working on the business.
Don’t be one of them!
Don’t Give Up
Play the long game. Be in it to win it. Don’t treat your business as a destination. Instead, treat it as a journey that will keep growing and growing.
Promise yourself you’re going to give yourself at least 1 or 2 years before you are even thinking of quitting.
All the hours you spend will add up a year later and you will see some progress. It takes time to see results. Don’t be discouraged!
I questioned many times why my business isn’t taking off 3 months into it. But I never gave up.
Remember that failing is part of learning. Treat fails as a learning experience.
I don’t really have a secret. If anything I just committed myself to it. To never give up and to keep learning and apply all the things I learn to my business.
You can outsource things you don’t like doing or is a one-off. For example, I outsource the logos for my sites. I think time learning how to create a decent logo myself is in a way a waste of time. I’m not going to create logos for a living, It is just a one-off for a website. So, I find it’s best I pay a few bucks for someone else to do it while I learn or do something that is more worthwhile. I recommend Upwork and Fiverr.
For social media, you can have a tool like Buffer that allows you to schedule your social media posts.
Yes, these things cost money. But, they are the tools of the trade. Time is more valuable to you. And these tools save you time which means it saves you money.
Building an online business is not a walk in the park. But, you will have fun doing it. When I made my first website. It felt awesome. I felt like I had my own peace on the internet for me to create something that helps people.
When I wrote my first blog post I was even happier. That was something special, I was given the power to reach an audience all over the world.
The key takeaway here is if you want to become a successful business owner, you have to build the business first. So get ready to make some sacrifices. Stay focused, and committed no matter what. Use the tools of the trade and have an online platform to guide you and teach you step-by-step.
The most important quality you will need is resilience. Never give up on your dreams, because one day you’ll look back on the journey you took to get where you got and you’ll feel proud.
Tell me about your story. Are you thinking of starting a business? Tell me how time management affected you and if this post helped you in any way. If you have a question about this post please leave it below.