Work on Something You Like

In the quest for entrepreneurial greatness, many find themselves stuck in a job they hate, yearning for the leap into the world of entrepreneurship. 

Others are just stuck in a job they hate because they need to pay the bills. What about if you work on something you like?

Woman hating herselfStuck in a job you hate?

The Realm of Business Ownership

Both these individuals, possibly even you, are drawn to the idea of escaping the confines of a traditional job and moving headfirst into the realm of business ownership. 

I get it. 

The allure is undeniable, fueled by opportunities and the tantalizing prospect of personal success. 

Stories are everywhere on the ‘net’ of how others have made the move and are now living the dream. In the real world, this is far far from reality.

supervising staffThe tantalizing prospect of personal success.


What is Stability

Here’s the stark truth, brace yourself because it’s going to sting — ’I hate my job’ is a sentiment echoing within the minds of many aspiring entrepreneurs. The fear of taking that daring leap, leaving the stability of a corporate job, and facing the uncertainty of entrepreneurship can be paralyzing. Before I move on, I want to give you the reality of ‘stability’.

Stability, is it? 

Your job is as stable as the business. It is generally linked to the global economy. 

So is it stable? 

What if you work on something you like? What if you worked in your business?

Discuss.

Taking the leapTaking that daring leap, leaving the stability of a corporate job.

Entrepreneurship is Not a Fix-It-All Remedy

The internal dialogue is riddled with doubts, questioning the feasibility of sustaining yourself and maybe your family without the safety net of a steady paycheck.

The entrepreneurial dream, however tantalizing, must contend with these practicalities — family responsibilities, mortgages, and financial responsibilities. 

You will find yourself continually crunching numbers, urging caution, arguing that the known path is safer and more secure. It well maybe! 

Using a calculatorYou will find you'll be continually crunching numbers.

Yet, embracing the safety of the paycheck is a one-way ticket to complacency and a genuine reinforcement of ‘I hate my job’, a fate no true go-getter desires. 

Instead, work on something you like.

Entrepreneurship is not a fix-it-all remedy.

Keep Your Job Until It Is Right to Quit

I write this with all sincerity knowing that caution is the key. I have mentored and guided a good deal of hell-bent entrepreneurs. I have advised patience and given a plan of action to work on until it is right to quit your job. I have counselled them to work ‘on something you like’.

It doesn’t fix the fact you still hate your job, but it does show a path out and give some sort of comfort knowing there is a light at the end of the tunnel.

A woman standing on a pathThe path out gives comfort, knowing there is a light at the end of the tunnel.

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The Entrepreneurial Antidote

Here’s the antidote to this entrepreneurial dilemma—the “side hustle”

The side hustle serves as a guide to a way out of the job you hate. It is the conduit between full-time employment and full-fledged entrepreneurship. This is where you start to work on something you like.

Your job does offers a stable income, health insurance, and other benefits while allowing aspiring entrepreneur to pursue their interests and gain the necessary skills and resources for self-employment.

The Strategy

a man easing the pressureEases the pressure on your potential business. Allow it to grow gradually alongside the safety net of your job.

This strategy eases the pressure on the potential business by allowing it to grow gradually alongside the safety net of your job.

Now, ‘I hate my job’ will still fester in the gut of the entrepreneur, but a side hustle is a sensible solution. A panacea.

It’s not about settling for a mundane existence; it’s about making a start. A calculated start, moving the balance of risk and responsibility. 

Transitioning gradually is not boring. It’s a smart, strategic approach to ensure a smooth transition into entrepreneurship. It comes with the everyday excitement of knowing you are building a future. You are on your way!

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ducks in a rowWhen all the ‘ducks are in a row’. It's time to make the call.

The Key is to Work on Something You Like

The key is to work on something you like in designing the perfect side hustle, a task that demands passion, using your natural ability, diligence, and enthusiasm to keep you on course. 

Starting a business plan, getting a business account, building a marketing strategy, creating systems and processes and connecting with a business coach or a mentor . The latter will be there to monitor your progress and ensure the passion grows. A good mentor will know when the time is right to make the call. When all the ‘ducks are in a row’.

Say goodbye to the job you hate and welcome with confidence the seamless transitioning into the side hustle that has morphed into your business. 

Your business of the future. Yours to grow, flourish and take you to places far exceeding your wildest dreams. How do I know this? Because I have been involved many times. It is what makes my task as a mentor/coach/guide/teacher sooooo rewarding. These are the priceless events that truly bring joy.

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Your Mission, if You Choose to Accept It

So, in the relentless pursuit of quitting your job and going out solo, I propose a mission to work on something you like to escape the shackles of corporate life. Think about the side hustle. Start slowly. Identify your strengths. Leverage your passion and purpose. Find the perfect side hustle, and lay the foundation for your future business.

Now, your entrepreneurial journey is not a reckless leap; it’s a calculated, strategic move towards a future where “I hate my job” becomes nothing more than a distant memory.

I love it.

Summary

Building a side hustle is often an alternative to working a job you hate. 

Starting a business while still employed can be a positive opportunity.

Quitting the job you hate and starting your own business doesn’t have to be an all-or-nothing choice.

With all the apps and software in today’s gig economy, transitioning is much easier.

Starting a small business, your side hustle you work part-time while keeping your main employment has many benefits. 

This is a sound option for people who hate their jobs and want to quit and start solo. Cool it. Step back. Take a deep breath and think about it. Get advice. Build a plan. Work on something you like.

The financial security of continuing to receive a wage or salary from your job while establishing a small business in your free time can work very well. You are still earning a wage, you’re not putting pressure on yourself or on your start-up to pay the bills while establishing yourself. 

This can improve your stress levels and allow you to approach your decisions more strategically. You are not chasing work just to pay the bills.

With the right mindset, planning and patience, your side hustle could become successful. 

Not only as an excellent source of additional discretionary income, but also sensible investment for future expansion.

This goes a long way to easing the stress of working in a job you hate by knowing you are developing a way forward.  

The side hustle is also a good way to test and refine your business idea before deciding whether to go ‘all in’. 

It is sensible to research the feasibility of your idea before you jump in, but sometimes it has to be tested in real-time, warts and all.

Creating your side hustle by staying in your full-time job is a good risk management strategy.

As I stated above, working the side hustle in your own time, developing customers, testing customer service systems, and developing processes ready to quit your job is just the best feeling you are going to get.

Being in a job you hate over many years, I get it. You get in a slump. You get stressed. You wind up hating the thing you do. Hating every thing about it. I know I’ve been there in real time.

Moving your creative juices into developing a side hustle and seeing it grow gives you a new lease on life. You will be more enthusiastic more joyful and a pleasure to be around. 

This will transpose itself into your day job. You never know you might start to at least like it a little more. Just saying.

Even if you don’t have the skills to move your new business to greater heights, there are plenty of resources to help you manage this. 

Getting yourself a mentor as a first point of reference is a good idea. Someone who has been there before. Someone who can show you in graphic detail the most efficient and time-effective way to approach the tasks.

When you look around at some of the most successful businesses, they started as a side hustle. To name a few you might know…Apple, Facebook, Canva. I’m sure you can find more. 

So my friends take it from me. The side hustle gig is not too shabby. 

Think about it. 

Write down some ideas in your trusty notebook

Discuss it with your family. 

Search for a mentor. 

Make contact.

Go you good thing!

The world is waiting for a guy like you.

Experience isn't the best teacher, experience is the only teacher.

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Confidence comes from experience