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Think of the number of incredible business ideas that remain on the shelf to collect dust as they are not pursued. Dreams are left to die because their creators assumed that he or she did not have time to start a business. What a horrible excuse.
If you have a business idea, go for it. Why? Because if you don’t, you will regret it and you may have a truly amazing experience.
“I will start next year.” What if there is no next year?
“I don’t know if it’s time.” If you don’t, someone else will.
“I don’t have time now.” Take time.
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Here are six tips to help you start a business, even if you have a full-time job or don’t have the time.
1. Wean from social networks.
What did Richard Branson or Mark Cuban eat last night? Who was their #WCW? Which #TBT photo did they publish this week? You’re probably not going to find the answers to these questions – they’re not sticking to social networks 24/7 like 99% of the population.
There is nothing wrong with social media, but if you really want to start a business, think about the extra time that you could round off if you reduce your use of social media. You don’t have to leave the cold turkey, but fewer hashtags and more time spent bringing your business idea to life will help you realize your dream.
2. Stop watching marathon TV shows.
I have a confession to make – I’ve never watched a single episode of Game of Thrones. Seriously. I wish I had a dollar for every time I hear someone mention a “Game of Thrones marathon ”when asked what their plans were for the evening or the weekend.
I know people who constantly talk to me about how they would like to start a business and complain about not having extra time – the same people who piss for hours every week watching reruns of a TV series they have already seen several times. I cannot understand this thought process. Reduce TV shows and watch the extra time you have for your business.
3. Organize personal races.
Everyone has their own duties and responsibilities – there is no way around them. While you can’t avoid things like groceries, trips to the bank, shopping, and other errands, you can structure them to make yourself more efficient.
When you have a structure, it eliminates the time wasted trying to figure out when to complete tasks. For example, do your shopping early Tuesday morning after the gym and meet at the post office on Wednesday on the way home. A very simple, yet concrete personal racing schedule will free up a lot of extra time that was once wasted trying to plan these small tasks.
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4. Wake up early and wake up late.
Anyone can start a business, even those who are currently working full time. Are you currently waking up at 8 am just in time to shower and get to work at 9 am? Then wake up at 6 a.m. and work on your business idea for a good two hours.
A full-time job is just an excuse – if you want it enough, you will make sacrifices. I hear a lot of people say that they cannot find overtime because they have families and young children. When you come home from work, play with your kids, have dinner with the family, and then go into business start-up mode after the little ones are asleep. No one said it would be easy, right?
5. Set realistic goals.
It is important that you set realistic goals from the start. If you can only spend an hour on your business each day, so be it. Understand that it will take longer, but if you constantly choose small goals that help you reach your main goal, you will eventually get there. Start now.
The worst thing you can do is keep making excuses. Imagine saying “I will start my business when I have more free time” every day for six months. You would lose 180 hours that could have been spent on your business.
6. Convert downtime to business development time.
If you take public transportation to work every day, allocate this time to your business. Instead of playing Candy Crush Saga on your phone while taking the subway, use this time to do small tasks related to your business.
Rather than leaving the office for lunch, prepare a lunch and eat it at your desk while you work in your business. Even 30 to 45 additional minutes a day is precious time invested in your business dream. Go through your typical day in your head and find downtime that you can convert into a more productive and beneficial block of time.
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What are some other ways to take the time to start a business? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.
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