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

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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Becoming an Online Merchant: 4 Tips to Find the Perfect Product to Sell

Becoming an Online Merchant: 4 Tips to Find the Perfect Product to Sell

E-commerce is a booming industry and will only continue to grow in the coming years. That’s why it’s not so surprising that there are plenty of people who want even just a small slice of the proverbial pie.

But whether or not you are looking to establish a full-blown online store or would simply want to supplement your income by buying and selling items on the side, you have to pick a product to sell that would, well, sell.

With the right marketing strategy, one can argue that anything and everything can be sold online. However, the real challenge is finding a product that is conducive to success. How do you find that product? Here are a few pointers.

Finding The Ideal Product to Sell

1. Target Hobbyists and Collectors

You’ll be surprised by just how much money hobbyists and collectors are willing to spend to fuel their passions.

If you have a knack for finding rare items, you’ll be a big hit with collectors. Whether they’re interested in action figures and toys, lapel pins, first edition books, stickers, sports cards, or even antique dinnerware. Just make sure that everything is legitimate.

Meanwhile, there is no shortage of hobbies on which people willingly invest their time and money.

Some of the more popular ones include biking, fishing, knitting and crocheting, calligraphy, model building (including radio-controlled vehicles), and handicrafts. Look for a leisure pursuit where you can act as the product-based solution and you’ll easily enamor yourself to these customers.

2. Something Hard to Find or Can’t be Bought Locally

There are some things that can be easily found in a local grocery store or a specialty shop — say gardening or baking supplies. But what about specialty foods, magician’s accessories, eco-friendly products, and fandom items?

Most likely, people will go online to find these. You can enlist the help of Google Trends and Google Keyword Tool to get a glimpse of what kinds of products people are searching for online and use the results as a guide to pick a niche product to sell.

You can also try to sell products that can’t be bought or difficult to procure locally, like Japanese Kitkats, the “three-story” alfajor Oreos, or Asian beauty products. The latter, in particular, is a good place to start since a lot of products are only available in select countries or regions but are available through wholesale Asian cosmetics websites. Do the hard work of sourcing these products (and offer them at reasonable prices) and see just how much your customers will love you.

3. Star with The Accessories Before The Big-Ticket Items

When people buy big-ticket items such as 4K TVs, high-end smartphones, and gaming laptops, they buy them only once. Their next purchase of these kinds of products will probably be in the next two to three years.

These are big investments, after all, and people are much more reluctant to spend huge amounts so often. However, accessories are much more common purchases and people are relatively more agreeable to spending more often on these items. Especially when they’re meant to increase the performance or ensure the longer life of the bigger product.

Think about HDMI cables and switchers for TVs, charging cables and power banks as well as cases and protectors for smartphones, and gaming accessories like a mouse, a keyboard, and a good pair of headphones.

If you already sell the big-ticket items, then it’s a wise decision to add the accessories to your online catalog. If you’ve yet to choose what to sell on your online shop and/or you have a limited capital, you should consider selling these kinds of accessories first.

4. Consumables Mean Customers That Keep Coming Back

Consumables mean that you will have a steady customer base and a rather reliable revenue stream. What’s more, when people need to order products from you regularly, it’s much easier to build a loyal customer base.

Think about specialty cooking ingredients (Himalayan pink salt, anyone?), supplies for arts and crafts, and even cosmetics. Just make sure you’re able to deliver each and every time, since you don’t know when your customers will run out of their stock or order in bulk in advance.

Of course, choosing which product to sell is just one part of a thriving online business, since you should also take into consideration the demand, potential competition, and reliable suppliers, among others. However, it’s also undeniable that finding a saleable item is a huge contributor to your business success. Good luck on your journey as an online entrepreneur!

If you're into ecommerce, you might be wondering what product to sell on your online store. Here are 4 great ideas that are sure to make you money and bring you loyal customers: #ecommerce #onlinestore #makemoneyonline #sidehustle