5 Tips to Start a Business While Keeping Your Day Job

5 Tips to Start a Business While Keeping Your Day Job

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Have you always wanted to put up your own business but couldn’t leave your day job? Do you dream of being the next Henry Sy or Ben Chan without giving up your career?

Being an entrepreneur requires your 100% focus and dedication to succeed. But how are you supposed to meet that without quitting your office work?

They say you can’t have it all. But they are wrong. You can do both! Here are five tips on how you can start a business while keeping your day job.

1. Define Your Goals

Setting your goals can help you get to where you want to be. Have a clear vision of what you want for your business then write it down.

Once you’ve visualized and laid down your goals, you can start building your roadmap. Be as specific as possible and describe your business plans in detail—who your customers are, what will be your major costs, where you want your business to go, and more.

Read your vision every day and commit to your goals. Focusing on your plans enables you to make daily choices that will help your business flourish.

2. Maximize Your Time

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Managing your time can be tight when working on your business with your day job. Make a manageable schedule of activities for both, and make sure to follow it religiously.

Divide your work into chunks and maximize the time you devote into these tasks to balance work and business. With a planner or mobile app, schedule your daily activities. You don’t have to work 24/7 to juggle everything. Rest is important too!

Working smart always beats hard work, so maximize your time wisely.

3. Build a High-Quality Portfolio

Most businesses nowadays are going digital, and a powerful online presence can be an advantage. An online portfolio can help increase your visibility and showcase your work, services, and products easily.

Start by creating a Facebook page, Instagram account, and a blog for your business while you’re still developing your website. Make your contact information available so clients can reach you. Put your best foot forward to create a good first impression with your customers.

4. Invest in Your Capital

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Starting a business means shelling out money for your capital. Take advantage of your regular paycheck and save enough money for your business. Don’t be a Scrooge and take any extra money you have to spend on your startup.

Get an easy loan to fund your business using online pawn shops such as PawnHero. Pawn your items online by downloading the PawnHero app or visiting their website. Get a free and fair appraisal within a day and receive your money through their PawnHero card, which will be provided to you for free.

5. Make Connections

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Meet new people by joining startup groups and social events. Network with people and build relationships. These connections are valuable in meeting potential customers, business partners, and mentors who can help your business grow.

Starting a business while keeping your full-time job requires a lot of planning, hard work, and dedication. Your transition and adjustment period will be difficult at first. Follow these tips to balance both work and business, and be the entrepreneur you want to be!

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Gem Muzones

Gem is a contributing writer for PawnHero. She was a news writer who walked alongside protesters in the streets of Manila and a magazine editor who got free passes to product launches and the hippest events. She's a big Game of Thrones fangirl, 1/2 of a budget travel blogging duo for Travels with a Hobo, and suffers from chronic hair dissatisfaction (she changes her hair color every month).