Can You Really Start a Business While Working Full-Time? [Plus Free Audiobook] 29

Can You Really Start a Business While Working Full-Time? [Plus Free Audiobook]

Can you start a business while working full-time? Yes. In fact, that’s the best way to start it for a few reasons.

First, you won’t be making money for a long time and need to provide for yourself. Second, the regular job will keep reminding you this is not the lifestyle you’re meant to have and that you can turn things around and actually start doing what you love and getting paid for it.

You build discipline while investing all your free time in your side hustle. That means waking up earlier and having late nights in front of the laptop. No more drinks in the weekend or spending on things that aren’t resonating with your goals. It’s all about taking the business off the ground now, and that becomes priority number one until the day you quit your day job and invest yourself in it full-time.

I’m not gonna lie to you, it’s not easy. Depending on how many other responsibilities you already have, it can cause you burnout, hopelessness, confusion, information overload, lack of social life, and more. But it’s worth living like this for a year or so, in order to live the rest of your life on your own terms.

You’re using your day job to support your bills, while building your digital empire.

But how do we start a business?

That begins by defining your ideal lifestyle and what you should be doing with your time that will potentially be monetized.

Set aside some time today to describe how you want to live some time from now. Write down anything you aren’t happy with right now. Share ideas on how it can be improved.

In a nutshell, create your vision statement.

Then, find your true calling by answering these questions.

It’s important to care about your market, to know what people in it struggle with, to have love for the craft and a bit of talent too.

The world might then try to take that away from you. Friends and family won’t necessarily support you, and your journey won’t be smooth. That’s why you need to also protect your newly found passion, to make time for it daily, to stay focused and on the right track. To wake up with it in mind daily and think of ways to use it to contribute to the world in ways that haven’t been done before.

You should be solving problems with your work. Validate your business idea and build your first product. But it doesn’t need to be an overnight success. Take it one step at a time, to make sure you go in the right direction.

You are the one who’ll keep yourself motivated during the workday.

It’s easy to get distracted again and forget about your vision. But you still won’t be satisfied in the end of the day and will get back to chasing your passion. The more often you do that, the sooner it will become a mindset and way of living. You can start thinking like an entrepreneur, while still being an employee.

Overlap starts with the day job.

Don’t look at it as an obstacle, but as a means to a better life. You need your day job now, and it’s what allows you to work on your passion and turn it into a business. Once you quit, it will all make sense – the hours invested, the failed projects, the moments of discouragement, the sacrifices.

The 3 Ways to Make Money in Any Niche

Your niche is out there, you have all it takes to become an expert in it. Once you do, there will be 3 possible ways to make money with it. This is what Sean McCabe calls the Trifecta in his book Overlap.

These are:

  • Client work
  • Products
  • Teaching

One of these will bring you more return on investment than the rest, but you need to experiment first.

The main obstacles you’ll face are things such as:

Being exhausted when you’re back from work and not feeling like working on your side business. But you’ll need to find the will regardless of that, and keep going knowing you’ll soon quit the 9 to 5 and never look back.

There’s also the confusion as to what your true passion is. Some people never find it, others get distracted by all the goals they’ve set and aren’t sure which is worth pursuing. But your passion will show its true power because you’ll lose track of time when doing activities related to it. It will make you feel productive, instead of just busy. It will help you get in the zone when working. You’ll see yourself successful before you really are, if you keep working on the right thing. You’ll sustain your enthusiasm for long periods of time and will persist through problems easily if you’re passionate about what you do.

Your free audiobook on starting a business while working a day job

Your free audiobook on starting a business while working a day job

Sean McCabe, author of Overlap: Start a Business While Working a Full-Time Job, is giving away his book for free right now in audiobook form.

He never dreamed he’d make over $500,000 from his craft, and now he teaches others how to do it.

Most books on the topic are addressing the wrong problems, such as lack of business knowledge and finance. But this one covers something else. These are the things that prevent us from shifting our mindset and actually putting in the work while at a regular job.

Such as having trouble finding time and motivation, being confused about our interests, lack of focus, and inability to say what’s important at any moment. He covers all that in Overlap, together with a whole lot more.

Overlap was reverse engineered to solve every single one of these struggles.

First, the book helps you get unstuck, then it delivers the practical steps so you can build a business while working a full-time job.

Grab the audiobook while it’s still available.

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10 Things Uber Successful People Do in the Morning 11

10 Things Uber Successful People Do in the Morning

Who doesn’t want to be successful? Whatever our purpose in life may be, we want to achieve success with it. Although success is usually perceived as career growth, it also encompasses personal growth. These two things go together.

So what can we do to reach the personal and professional growth of uber successful people? Maybe we can imitate some of their habits. Their morning rituals, in particular, set the pace of the day.

Did you know that the way you start your mornings affects your entire day?

You probably felt that, but guess what: science proves it as a fact, too.

In a study called “Waking up on the wrong side of the bed: start-of-workday mood, work events, employee affect, and performance,” researchers found that whatever the mood of workers was during the morning, they preserved it throughout the entire day.

So if you start off in a good mood, you have greater chances of having a great day. That’s why morning routines are so important.

Let’s learn from the ultra successful people, shall we? How do they start their mornings?

What The Most Successful Do in The Morning

1. Spend Time with the Partner.


As we said, success is not only about professional achievements. It also means having the right person by your side.

Take Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan as an example. They are both crazy successful, and they are definitely happy to have each other.

Waking up next to the person you love makes every morning special. Appreciate that moment. Have a coffee together. Talk. Be glad you’re there for each other.

2. Mindfulness.

Yes; mindfulness is a habit.

Successful people are always busy. Can you imagine a hectic morning with dozens of urgent email messages, business partners calling, and the kids yelling? And they are still in their pajamas! That’s why they practice mindfulness.

Researchers from The University of Sydney found that mindfulness reduces work-related stress and improves the mood at work. That’s why successful people always seem ready to deal with any situation.

So how do you practice mindfulness in the morning?

Just wake up. Take few deep breaths. Be aware of the present moment. Be aware of the responsibilities the day ahead will bring. Relax, and tell yourself that you’re ready.

3. Plan the Day.

A good plan will set you on the right track.

Plan your tasks for the day in the morning. When you have such an outline, it will be easier to handle all responsibilities. You’ll know you’ll have time for all tasks.

If you realize there’s not enough time, you should plan how to outsource. If, for example, you cannot complete a business report, you can hire assignment masters to write or edit it for you.

4. Exercise.

I know; it’s a cliché. However, it’s also an activity that works.

Physical exercise makes you fitter, but it also makes you happierWhen you’re done with your morning exercise ritual, you feel at ease, and things start to clear up.

Most successful people exercise. Hillary Clinton does yoga. Obama works out for 45 minutes six days per week. Mark Cuban does cardio fitness. Follow their example!

5. Practice Patience.

Too many things ahead? If your schedule is busy, you’ll be eager to get things done ASAP. The morning is the period of the day when you should practice patience. Relax.

You already made a plan. There’s time for everything. You’ll get through the day. For now, cherish this precious moment of morning relaxation.

6. Juice Up.

How to Win The 9-to-5 Battle by Staying Healthy at Work

It’s no wonder why so many celebrities are into the latest juice detox trend. Healthy juices give you valuable nutrients and make you feel more energized.

Have a different juice every single morning. Sure, the juicer will take some cleaning after, but the juice will certainly give you enough energy for that.

7. Eat Breakfast.

You saw this coming, didn’t you?

Uber successful people know that the breakfast is the most important meal of the day. It’s even better when it’s healthy.

Yes; the juice can be your breakfast, but it won’t make you feel full for long. If you don’t intend to have a standard breakfast, pack some fruit for work. A banana and an apple are mandatory!

8. Hydrate.

Have a glass of water as soon as you wake up. Hydration is essential for the way your entire system functions.

9. Be With the Right People.

In Tools of Titans, author Timothy Ferriss refers to a so-called “five chimps theory” in zoology. According to that theory, you can predict the behavior of any chimp if you analyze the five chimps they usually hang out with.

There’s a lot of wisdom in that theory. When you surround with nervous people, you’re nervous, too. When you surround yourself with positive characters, you reflect good vibes, too.

The first people you contact in the morning will set the mood for your day. Choose them carefully.

10. Celebrate Achievements.

When you wake up with a positive mindset, you’ll boost your chances of spending a good day.

Instead of thinking about all obstacles ahead, you should take time to think about all achievements you’ve made towards your current goals. This appreciation will convince you that you’re on the right track.

When we sum things up, all these morning habits of the ultra successful people seem pretty simple, don’t they?

However, it takes tons of persistence and commitment to stay true to them. Start by making small steps. Pick few of these activities and repeat them every day, until they turn into habits.   

Cathy Baylis is a personal growth expert who writes insightful articles that motivate and challenge others. She has worked as a writer for a little over a decade now, and owns several blogs that she updates on her free time.