When I was building my start-up, I was also working a full-time job and getting out of credit card debt. It was not easy balancing all of this. When I focused on my start-up, I lost focus on my full-time job—and vice-versa. I knew that one day I would fully commit to my start-up, but I wanted to be respectful to my full-time job until then.
To do this, I had to identify ways to learn about entrepreneurship outside the hours of 9-to-5. If you have that entrepreneurial itch like I did, consider these tips to help you scratch it while holding down a full-time job.
Get Professional Development
In my last post, I wrote about the value of professional development—and I cannot emphasize this enough. Learn from the material, talk to others, and buy the extra material if necessary.
Just remember, when attending a professional development course on your company’s dime, put their interests before your own. You may not realize it, but others can tell when you lose focus on your job. Take advantage of whatever professional development your employer offers, but do not forget you’re getting it to help them first and foremost.
Take A Class
You don’t have to get a master’s in entrepreneurship like I did, but you should find a way to get the basics. Universities, colleges, organizations, and open education resources offer courses on important things like how to write a business plan, how to manage a business, marketing, finance, accounting, and taxes.
Even if you’re working full-time, you can take an online class through sites such as Udacity and edX during your lunch, break time, and after work. And if your employer reimburses you for taking courses, even better! Take advantage, but remember you’re working for a company, not yourself.
Watch, Listen, And Read
You can read, listen, and watch countless online and published resources on your own time, and my previous posts include many of these resources.
Some of my favorites include Entrepreneur Magazine, Seth Godin’s podcast, Bloomberg Online, Investors Archive YouTube channel, TED Talks, Harvard Business Review, and Forbes—just to name a few. Subscribe to these sites’ newsletters, read their books, listen to their podcasts, and most importantly, keep an open mind. After all, your “eureka” moment may hit when listening to a podcast about science technology innovation.
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