This Week’s Teacher; Greg Nicholls & Bradley Morley
Welcome everybody, to the Stage One Startup, Lesson of the Week, where we bring experts to the show to teach you various valuable lessons on how to build your startup the right way.
In this week’s lesson, we’ll be talking to you all about the ways in which we’ve managed to create our side-hustle while still in a full-time 9-5 job.
People underestimate how hard this is.
By the end of this lesson, you’ll have some guidance how to keep on hustling on your side hustle, while juggling your other life commitments.
We understand this is tough for a lot of people.
So we thought this needed to be touched on before we go deeper into Stage One Startup.
Manage Your Time Correctly.
Reduce the percentage of your time spent on leisure, and increase the percentage of your time spent on your side hustle, making sacrifices is something you have to be prepared to do.
All entrepreneurs, we believe have had to make sacrifices.
It’s one of those things that come with the title, and to be honest we love it!
What’s not to love?
Yes, you make sacrifices but, in the long run, it will be worth it.
Another crucial point to take into consideration is avoiding your biggest distractions.
Delete your Netflix account.
Clear your Sky Planner.
Avoid Social Media if it’s not for business use.
These things sound easy to do, but believe me, they are not.
I was a Netflix addict, I’m ashamed to admit it, but I was.
The day I deleted my Netflix account, I achieved more than I ever thought possible. Like I said, it sounds easy to do, but disregarding your favourite series is just as hard as giving up nicotine.
These types of distractions take you away from what you are trying to achieve.
Replace Wasted Hours.
There will be hours during your day where you are doing nothing.
It’s about being conscious of those hours and replace wasting them with working on your hustle.
For example, my commute to work every single day takes me on average three hours.
That’s three hours that I use for work. It would be stupid not to use those hours to work on Stage One Startup & Startup Movement.
In fact, turn this into a habit, so that you start to feel guilty if you are not working during these times.
Another prime time that I’m fortunate enough to receive is my one hours lunch break.
You would not believe how much I get done in this hour.
Create A Schedule
One tip that we’ve only just start to implement which works wonders for us is an editorial work calendar.
Be strict with your schedule.
If you have a day set for writing only, don’t do anything else. It’s easy to get distracted.
Set specific times and days to achieving certain things.
It’s important to do these types of things if you are working in a 9-5, chances are you only have 4-5 hours per night to work on your hustle.
Set Goals (Big or Small!)
Setting goals is a “Must-do” for any startup and entrepreneur.
Everybody has a long term goal that they’re working towards, which is great!
But, if you are limited on time, try not to focus too much on the bigger goal, try and set smaller daily goals to manage better.
It’s such an accomplishment if you are consistently ticking off tasks on your daily to-do list.
Also, take into consideration that all of the little goals add up to one big goal.
I cannot stress this one enough to you.
“Patience is a virtue.”
That quote could not be truer! Until we started down this route, I never really understood what that meant.
Entrepreneurship is all about mastering patience.
Escpailly if you are in a 9-5, full-time job. You’re going to want to scream at times, but as long as you keep on hustling and working towards your target.
You will get there!
Another important tip we want you to walk away with today is that it’s totally fine to find shortcuts.
A lot of people will struggle every single day by doing mundane tasks that they absolutely hate doing!
Why whats the point?
If you hate doing something, then why are you doing it?
Use the likes of outsourcing to help you out with certain tasks.
The whole point of you working in your full-time job is to pump money into your business right? Well budget some of that money into outsourcing specific tasks that you hate doing.
Get Yourself a Partner
This one relates back to the point above, finding a co-founder and partner to help with the workload will ease the pressure tremendously.
We can vouch for this.
It’s handy having somebody else to take on some of the work, as I stated above, you can’t do it all on your own.
We do plan on talking about this some more in an upcoming #StartupLesson.
Well, that’s it for today’s #StartupLesson.
More episodes are released twice a week! We’re on a mission to give you the best startup advice for building your startup the right way!
Remember, things do take time, but you must remain patient.
Thanks for listening & reading.