If you scroll through social media you’re bound to see various accounts of amazing businessmen and women who left their full-time jobs for the crazy world of entrepreneurship. They’re smart and witty with tons of followers and they’ve convinced you that you too, can leave your 9-5 and become a millionaire overnight.
News flash: This is fake news. The reality is, not everyone is built for full-time entrepreneurship. Believe it or not, there are people who have no desire to be an entrepreneur at all. If you’re like me and are building a side hustle while working a 9-5 job, there are major advantages of having both.
I’m not sure what the Instagram heros have led you to believe, but in the early days, months and sometimes years of entrepreneurship, you will not make much money. Your 9-5 job will secure you with a check and your bills will stay paid. More important, the money you make at your 9-5 can be used to fund your side hustle.
Your colleagues are potential customers
No matter what industry your side hustle is in, your colleagues at your full-time job are potential customers or clients. Whether you have a product or service based business, you could be speaking to your first customer everyday at the coffee machine and not know it. While you don’t want to cross the line to the point where you get fired, your 9-5 is definitely grounds for potential clients. There is nothing wrong with using the break room as customer recruitment.
You may not be the CEO or president of the company you’re working for, but there are plenty of skills you can gain that will help you in your side hustle. Many companies offer professional development trainings for employees for little to no cost. Do you want to learn photography? Accounting? Marketing? You may be able to receive training through your job.
There are other intangible skills such as time management, how to manage a team, etc. all skills that will help you excel as an entrepreneur.
In the words of one of my favorite entrepreneurs Myleik Teele, founder of Curl Box, “If you haven’t learned to work for someone else, you aren’t going to magically be disciplined with your own business.” Being an entrepreneur is hard work and the first chance you get at is working for someone else.