Do you still work in Corporate America, yet have dreams of starting your own business? Have you been working your full-time job and doing your own business part-time? Then you can add to your list of titles, “Moonlighter”. According to Webster.com, the term “Moonlighter” is when someone holds a second job in addition to a regular one.
Starting your own business in today’s economy is an adventure that many have chosen to embark on in order to become their own bosses. Yet, some have found that you have to continue working a daytime job in order to have steady income. When you have a daytime job, it is important that you keep your prospective about what’s important. Please don’t work your business while on your daytime job.
Keep in mind that you want to treat your employer with the same respect that you would expect from those who may work for you. Food for thought: Is this something that you as a small business owner would be able to accept an employee doing to you?
Let’s look at some ways that you can start up your business while making sure that you are not “daylighting“.
- If you work 9 to 5 every day, schedule your potential client meetings during your lunch hour for the first half and then take the second half and plan out your client projects.
- Make sure when you start your business that you determine how many hours you need to set-aside every week to work your business part-time. Then add to your daily calendar during the evening according to your availability.
- Create short- and long-term plans for transitioning into working your business full-time. Determine all the factors of what it would take for you to be able to walk away from your current full-time business.
- When setting up your business, see if you can outsource some of your project tasks to a virtual assistant (VA) who may be available to work during the daytime.
- Remember that it is also important to include “me time” on your schedule.
- Checkout available online resources for business startups:
This is a short starter list that should help you determine how you could “moonlight” as you start your business. If you have additional suggestions that you think should be on this list, please share your feedback. It would be great to hear how you have successfully transitioned from moonlighting to working your business full-time.