You hear the advice all the time: Follow your bliss. Do what you love and the money will come. However, if you’re a busy corporate worker logging 60-hour workweeks and staring down a $100,000 mortgage balance and other bills, you might find it too much of a risk to go all Kevin Spacey-as-Lester-Burnham-style on your boss and walk out the door.
In fact, if you have been fantasizing about giving your two-week notice in order to gain the time to launch your web-based business, it could be best to follow these tips first to establish your online business prior to quitting your main job:
“Cheat” on your current job
I’m not saying you need to take the three-hour lunch breaks this writer used to steal from corporate America, but it can help to shift your focus away from an all-consuming company in order to begin building your Internet business.
Why stand around complaining after hours about bureaucratic politics and unfair promotions if you’re slaving away at a job you hate anyway? Use that time instead to delve into the kind of job you would love to wake up to every morning.
Select an online business you love so you’ll want to devote your passion, time and energy
Now that you’ve refocused your energies, seriously delve into the kind of online business you’d love to run. Whether you want to become a Kindle-edition book publisher, a YouTube video game reviewing star or something totally different, it helps to select a path you’d choose to do even if you didn’t get paid for it initially.
That way, your interest in the subject matter would propel you forward to accomplish your newfound career with the kind of discipline you’d need on a daily basis to get it done.
Do at least one thing per day for your side business
Perform an action each day; it’s more valuable than merely talking about your dreams and goals. They might seem inconsequential, but daily actions add up. Even if you only carve out 15 minutes to select a stock photo image for your book’s cover or take five minutes to watch an instructional video on Udemy about coding an app – at least you’re moving in the right direction toward your new career.
You actually might become so knowledgeable about a topic that technology newbies will start to look up to you as an expert.
“Just acquire knowledge about a topic, then deliberately position yourself as an authority figure,” writes Campbell McPherson, a man who helps others develop online business strategies.
Pay to play, and save time doing so
One of the benefits of still having a reliable 9-to-5 job while you’re building your online side hustle is that you probably have a more predictable budget that those who’ve already quit their jobs to work online.
Use that to your advantage by setting aside funds to launch your web firm, because you might have more money on your hands than the time it would take to devote to learning new skills. For example, if it’s your goal to run a successful game app developing company, take $99 out of one paycheck to join the Apple Developer Program. Then spend approximately $250 the next pay period to buy the cloned code of an already established app and have it “re-skinned” for you. The following paycheck you could perchance earmark $75 of towards running Facebook ads to market the new app, etc.
Each of these progressive steps will build upon themselves, and before long, you just may end up with a profitable web business that finally out-earns your day job and allows you to leave it in the past.