Well, I finally had to do it. Had to go back to that kind of job that we entrepreneurs hate…a 9 to 5! However, it’s not 9 to 5.
It’s the typical ‘put in at least 10-12 hours a day working…50 or 60 hour week’!’ What a pain in the royal Pa-tootie! Shoot! I’m too old to work this hard!
It feels like living in a time warp when you work 50-60 hours a week. My daughter said tonight ‘tomorrow is Thursday.’
I said ‘No, it’s not…it’s Tuesday. She said ‘No mommie, it’s Wednesday’ and I thought OMG –
I‘ve been working so hard I don’t even know what day it is. WTH!
Anyway, I always thought that as I got older, things would get easier. I’d work smarter and maybe a little less by being an entrepreneur.
But things sometimes force us to get into the ‘work force’ and work like a broke azz dog (old saying for all you younger generation folks!)
So here I am leaving the house in the dark (about 6:30 a.m), traveling 1 hour to get to work, arriving (if there is no traffic) at around 7:30 a.m., working like a work horse, pretty much no lunch, then leaving somewhere around 7 or 7:30 to travel another hour to get home.
The other day I realized I was out of the house in work mode for 14 hours.
Since there are only 24 hours in a day, 8 are meant for sleep, that now leaves 2 hours to eat, pet my animals, hug my kids and go to bed! There’s not much time for anything else!
Now how do I maintain my entrepreneurship, my business, my blogging and all the other things that I spent hours doing prior to this job? My answer: Relax, re-adjust, re-schedule!
When life changes gets you down and things get in the your way of your goals, dreams and aspirations, take a deep breath and breathe!
Sometimes as entrepreneurs it is required that we work the 9 to 5. As a matter of fact, most internet entrepreneurs work a regular job or are raising families, going to school or just getting on in life.
Any of these things can take you away from your true passion of being an entrepreneur, but a girl’s gotta eat right?
Remember just recently I shared an infographic that talks about 81% of the population online make less than $100. So the long and short of that is…many people work full-time while pursuing their entrepreneur dreams!
What to do? Go with it. What else are you going to do? If you relax and don’t stress and get a handle on how to arrange things, life changes can be a little easier.
You have to be in the right mindset. Those of us who are entrepreneurs already have one mindset. A true entrepreneurial mindset means we never give up, no matter what life obstacles (including working daily) are thrown in our way.
An entrepreneur mindset allows us to continue, work, re-adjust our schedule and our lives to get to your ultimate success, whatever your goals are.
There is a saying I like – ‘Change is Inevitable! Growth is optional!’
If change is inevitable, we’d better learn to adjust because life changes will get in our way.
Learning to easily accept and re-adjust when we’re thrown a curve ball keeps you sane.
This is one of the most important factor…at least for me! I’ve tried to find solutions to this ridiculous amount of time I’m working. Here are a few suggestions that are working for me.
Re-schedule work load so that you have some ‘light’ days.
Get organized and be efficient in how you handle your day to day activities.
Allow for your entrepreneur or Internet marketing work. I’m writing a post just before bed, but I started the post yesterday. It may take 15 minutes here or 20 minutes tomorrow, but I’ll get my blog done.
Re-scheduling could be work-related or home and personal-related. Look at your daily activities and see what can be re-scheduled to a better or another time.
Get someone else to do it. At home or at work. Can someone help you get through your day? At home for me – this is a biggie. Can my oldest daughter do the grocery shopping and pick up her sister at school? Yes, she can. Is there a resource at work that can help you with the workload? Talk to your supervisor to adjust the schedule, lighten the load or get your help. (I’ve done all three!) For your blog, outsource some of your writing. You can always take 15-20 minutes to re-write or modify as needed.
See if you can work from home for a few days a week. Actually I discussed this with my boss this morning! “Answer: Yes! We can work that out.” You won’t know if you don’t ask!
Entrepreneurship Doesn’t Always Pay The Bills
Something we learn the hard way many times. It’s take a lot of commitment to work from home or work as an entrepreneur. It takes a phenomenal person to work a 9 to 5 and work as an entrepreneur on the side. It takes great commitment and dedicated perseverance to do both.
So I’m still adjusting. I can’t say how long I’ll be at this job because I’m not one to stay in a position where I’m trading time for money so who knows…I’m not afraid to switch ‘jobs’ while I work at my own business. As I mentioned, I’ m too old to be working this hard! 😉
Over To You
So how do you feel about working the 9 to 5 while you pursue your dream of being an entrepreneur? If you are working a 9 to 5 or are raising a family or any of the other things we have to do daily to live our lives, what tips do you have that might help us get through? Do tell. Would love to hear your suggestions!