Many of us have full time entrepreneurial goals while working for someone else. This arrangement may not be ideal longterm, but that’s no reason to stop pursuing your dreams. It is important to gain all you can in pursuit of your dreams. It is equally important to show dedication to your current position. Here are some ways to stay the course of building your business while being a good employee.
Employee By Day, Entrepreneur By Night
Learn about business from businesses.
You can learn about business hypothetical from a ton of sources. Though they may prove helpful, nothing beats first hand knowledge and experiences. You can learn a lot about business structure while at work.
Pay attention to the nuances of your work situations. Watch the executives work. What is everyone’s title, and what are their roles? What seems to work well and what could use some tweaking? Even if your business structures are different, there are likely some things that will be applicable.
Take your job seriously.
It is important to take your work seriously as both an employee and a budding entrepreneur. As an employee, having obligations to someone other than yourself can help you learn discipline.
Another way discipline comes into play as an employee, is time management. Working on a schedule develops your ability to get things done in a timely manner. When working toward a deadline, or simply racing the clock to complete tasks before the day is over, you sharpen the skills needed to stay on track.
Follow the rules and be diligent. By the time you are running the show, you will be glad you developed the skills necessary to being the boss.*
*Also pay attention to how your boss treats employees, vendors, and anyone else in business relationships. Are they the kind of boss you want to be? What will you do the same or differently?
Get really good at your job.
Added experience is great for your resume and makes you a great employee. Another perk is you’re learning the skills needed to run your own business also. If you are making moves, each new employment opportunity likely provides additional responsibilities. Even if your career moves are lateral, there are still differences from position to position. Take on new tasks with the attitude that there is something new for you to master. You will become an asset to your current employer and also to your own company.
Become a savvy professional. The way you conduct yourself at all times is important to professional development. One part of being good at your job is understanding the rules and knowing how to handle conflict. How you treat clients at your job is good practice for how you’ll treat your clients. When you’re the boss you can choose your team, but learning how to deal with difficult colleagues can prepare you for other business interactions as well.
Check out this quick [and funny] read (Stories of Professional Shade & Coping With Workplace Bullsh!t) about dealing with workplace conflict, as a resource.
Use your resources.
There are a ton of small business and start-up resources out there. Most companies utilize services, programs, etc. to help keep their businesses on the up and up. Learn about these resources through your current employer. This is especially useful if your own venture is in a field closely related to your current job.
Make note of any organizations that your job may be affiliated with. Are there outside vendors being used that could be a benefit to your solo venture? Business associations, industry specific clubs, bureaus, etc. are all things to make good use of.
** Be careful here. It’s not OK to muddy the waters by doing anything to interfere with you current employer’s relationships. For example, using personal contact information you have access to through your job is NOT OK.**
Every situation is an opportunity for learning. You’re working toward your own boss babe entrepreneurial goals; you’re also trying to keep your job [for now].
Integrity is one of the key components to running a business. This is a great way to practice that skill. Stop and reconsider if it seems like you’re breaking the rules. Learn right from wrong in how you conduct yourself at work. Learn from the actions of those around you, too.
Here are some quick rules of thumb:
- Be careful not to engage in anything that could be considered a conflict of interest.
- Don’t interject your entrepreneurial endeavors into your employee duties.
- Do not do personal work while at work.
- Ask for permission or input if you feel the lines between something that’s appropriate vs. inappropriate, are blurred.
Always remember that your responsibility at work is to do the job you are there to do. Make sure the task at hand is your primary focus while on the clock.
Employee by day, entrepreneur by night and #BossBabe always!
There are only 24 hours in each day so it is important to use them wisely. If you get burned out working your day job, you won’t have any energy left for your own aspirations.
Go to work with a fresh perspective. Being an employee isn’t all bad and you don’t have to wait to start your own venture. Use your work experiences to enrich your bossbabe goals! And as always, go prosper!