Starting a business whilst in a full time job can be exhausting and exhilarating at the same time.

When I was getting my first business off the ground (which was predominantly around life coaching), I was spending the majority of evenings and weekends working with coaching clients, setting up my website, doing my Corporate and Executive diploma, and all the other hundred and one things on my to-do list.

Although I was working towards what I wanted in life, it was still a very stressful and exhausting time.


Sometimes it is hard to keep the motivation and keep going,

especially when you’ve had a hard day at work and then you

need to go home and do more work.


It seems like a never-ending cycle.

However, there is light at the end of the tunnel.

Each step you take on your side business is a step in the right direction. There will come a point when you are making money in your business, and you can decide whether to quit your job and go full time with your business. 

To help you be successful in starting and growing your business whilst in a full time job, I have identified ten top tips that have really helped me to grow and develop, and will help you too.

Even if you only take a few on board, it will definitely help you to become less stressed and tired, and more motivated to continue with your dream of building your business.


1) Organising Your Time Is Essential


Like everyone else, you only have 24 hours in a day and that time is precious.

Therefore, you need to be brutal with your time and what you can and can’t achieve.

You already know what hours you have to put in for your job, so you have to ensure you allocate enough time to your business without burning yourself out.

Action to take:

1. One day a week, preferably a Sunday evening, plan what tasks you want to achieve for your business
2. Divide the tasks into bite-sized items
3. Work out what is really important, how complex they are and estimate the time it will take to carry them out
4. Schedule the tasks into your diary. You will have a list of shorter simple tasks, and other more complex, time-consuming tasks.
5. Ensure you use dead time effectively, for example, when you are commuting to work.
6. Block in time in your calendar to relax. You need to ensure you spend time with family and for yourself.
7. Consider outsourcing some of the simpler tasks to free up your time.


2) Channel Your Focus In One Direction


If you try to do too many things at once, it’ll be harder to achieve the milestones in your business.

You need to know what you want to achieve in your business, how you are going to help people, and what you will do to get there.

By having this focus, you will know what you need to do on a daily and weekly basis, instead of jumping from one thing to the next and not getting anything done!

Action to take:

1. Brainstorm who your ideal client are, their specific needs and how you can help them.
2. Choose one thing to concentrate on and make sure your efforts and energy are channelled towards this until it has been completed
3. Don’t procrastinate!


3) Hire People


Although you may be reluctant to pay for services at the start of your business, consider the advantage that someone could be working on your business whilst you’re at work.

For all those little jobs that you know you need to do but haven’t had the time for, you could get a professional to do the work.

Action to take:

1. From your list of tasks, consider which items you could allocate to a professional or a Virtual Assistant
2. Look on website such as Upwork, Fiverr and PeoplePerHour and get an idea of the cost of services
3. Try it out! Hire them for a few hours a week. If you find it saves you time and you get a great service, then increase the hours.
4. Ensure you keep a track of the work and how you instruct them. You need to make sure that you are getting value for money and that they are completing the tasks .You don’t want to spend time re-doing their work!!



4) Relax!


Taking time to relax is as important as growing your business.

You need to ensure you are in tip-top condition and that your energy levels are up, as this will help you stay fresh and keep your creative juices flowing.

Action to take:

1. Allocate some time out each day to relax, whether it’s listening to music, reading a book or taking a bath.
2. Block out time in the diary so you make it as much as a priority as other tasks.


5) Build Relationships


Starting and growing your business can keep you very focused on your desk activities, however, another important part of it is building relationships.

The most efficient way to market your business, especially when time is limited, is to get involved with local networking events and start connecting with people.

Action to take:

1. Allocate a number of evenings a month to networking and meeting new people (the number will depend of your circumstances)
2. Search on Eventbrite, Meetup and other similar sites, for local events to go to.
3. Join your local Chamber of Commerce
4. Have a goal when you go to these events, even if it’s as simple as ‘I will talk to at least five people and get their business cards’. Make sure you know what you want to achieve.
5. Review the events every three months. If they are not good for your business, try another event. Remember, your time is precious so you need to keep re-evaluating how efficient these events are.


6) Prioritise Your Activities


As I’ve already mentioned, your time is precious. Starting a business will take a lot of your time up as you begin to grow it.

In order to have the time necessary to achieve what you want to achieve, you will need to look at the other activities in your life. These are things such as going to see friends, going shopping, taking holidays, etc.

Action to take:

1. Look at the activities you do on a regular basis
2. Decide what it really important to you and get rid of the rest.
3. For those things that are really important, consider spending less time on them. For instance, you will probably want to keep in contact with your friends, but instead of seeing them all day, consider just spending a couple of hours with them.


7) Separate The Two


Starting your business will be exciting; however you must remember that you still have to carry out your day job to the best of your abilities.

If you stretch yourself too thin and you try to do everything, your performance will suffer.

Ensure you are clear on your job and what you have to do. Remember your job still is paying the bills!

Action to take:

1. Set clear hours for your business. Once it is up and running you need to ensure it doesn’t affect your day job.
2. Define boundaries so you know what you should and shouldn’t do whilst at work.
3. When your business starts to take off and take more of your time, you will need to review your situation and decide whether it is time to quit you job to concentrate on you business.



8) Use Holidays

Using annual leave is a good idea to focus on your business and progress it further.

It also has the added benefit of costing you less, as you will be working rather than doing all the normal holiday activities.

Action to take:

1. Consider Bank Holidays as days where you can devote all your time to your business.
2. Review your holidays and allocate days for your business.


9) Routine Is Important


When working from home on your business, getting into a routine will give you structure and it will help you to work more effectively and with fewer distractions.

I found I got into the habit of coming home from work, having dinner, and doing work on my business for a couple of hours. This allowed me to really focus and get stuff done in those two hours.

Action to take:

1. Plan when you intend to be home on an evening, when you will finish having dinner, and when you will start and stop your work.
2. Identify the exact time you will be logging on and off so you can have complete focus for the tasks ahead.
3. Stick to your schedule and don’t procrastinate.
4. Try not to go over the time allocated however tempting it is to keep carrying on into the night. This will do you no good as you will be tired and have less energy in the morning.


10) Maximise Your Resources And Support


Trying to do everything on your own is good, but having help is even better. You will be able to use other people’s expertise instead of struggling with it.

Action to take:

1. Find people with relevant background and experience to get advice from
2. Get support from a mentor. Try the local business groups
3. Create or join a mastermind group
4. Have a coach to be accountable to


I know there’s’ a lot of action outlined in the tips above, but you can use them as you wish.

Depending on your work/life situation, some you will absolutely love and implement straight away, and others you may dismiss.

Even if you take one action today, it could help you to become more successful in your business and growing it.

Here’s to your success!!