One of the reasons why people are afraid to start a business is because they don’t have a time to deal with all the details. They have a full-time job, and they can’t let go of it as it is their main source of income.
Starting a business is not easy, and several aspiring entrepreneurs decided to resign from their jobs to make their business dream a reality. There is nothing wrong with people who are risk-takers. They are too confident with their business plans, so they decided to leave their job.
You don’t have to follow them though. There are things you can do to plan for a business even if you are working for a different employer full-time.
Don’t create a business plan
This might come as a surprise to you since most people would advise having one. The problem with a business plan is that it does not really end up getting followed. Besides, some plans quickly become obsolete. The market changes all the time. The projections are incorrect. The budget allotted does not apply anymore. You don’t need to resign so you can focus on a very detailed plan. You can map things out, and have a summary of your plan in a one-page document. There is no need to leave your job in order to do that. As long as you understand what your market needs, and how you can address them, you are on the right track.
Look for a co-founder
Let’s face it. There are aspects in starting a business that you can’t do on your own. You need someone who will help you in every detail. You can ask for help from a co-founder so that while you are working full time, the plans for the business continue rolling out. Just be clear with your responsibilities to avoid feeling bad. It also helps to have someone who shares the same view with you, and someone who believes in the business you are building.
Conduct a survey
You need to know how people will respond to your business. Conduct a survey. You can do it online via social media and other sites. You can also go the traditional route and hand out survey forms for people to answer. The results will give you a good idea on how people will respond if you have already opened your business. In doing the survey, there is no need for you to resign from your job. You can do so during weekends, or after work.
Tell everyone you know
Even before you start your business, you need to let the people closest to you know what your plans are. At some point, they might contribute their skills, or even finances to help you out. They are also the first people to help promote your business should you decide to finally open it. You need them, so you better take them with you at the start of this journey.
Succeeding in business is not easy, but it is even more difficult when you are working full-time. It can be done though for as long as you are persistent, and you work hard.
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