One of the first things to do when you start a home-based business is understand your why. For some people the answer is very simple: to sack the boss ASAP. Many people are in very unfulfilling jobs, vastly overworked and underpaid and they need to get out.
With the enthusiasm that comes with a new venture, those people soon get on a roll with their part-time business, and not much later quit their job and go full-time as a home-based business owner.
And then……they fail. The pressure of suddenly relying on their efforts to bring in the money before the residual income really kicks in is too much. I have seen this happen time and time again.
Periodically I have wanted to do exactly that. However, what I now know is that for me balance is everything, and I actually enjoy the ‘day job’.
For me, the difference that having your own business makes is choice. When you have a choice of keeping the day job or not, the choice for me is to keep it. You may ask why.
Because I love what I do. For a while I thought it had to be one or the other, largely because I am ‘all or nothing’ when I am committed to a path. Over the years however, I have engineered my whole working life to give me what I need: A sense of contribution, a good income, flexibility and choice. And for me, that means working from home.
The last couple of years has been a godsend for me because of the sudden acceptance of home working. Much of the stress of the day job came from the daily commute which was often two hours drive each way. I can now give 100% of myself to my very fulfilling day job, then, with no travel involved, can switch off from that and commit 100% to the side hustle. I still have dinner with my family, and I am not working myself into the ground. I am in fact, ‘doing the doing’ of how I want to live.
As Jim Rohn said: “Work full time on your income and part-time on your fortune”. These days, that can also be “and have a life at the same time”. This way of life is more possible now than ever before, and it’s time has now come. I’ve had a long wait, but as with most things, everything happens in perfect timing, and that time is now.