Working a job while building a business: Do’s and Don’ts



For most of you reading this post, resigning from a salaried job to start a business is an unaffordable luxury. With bills to pay and families to support, it’s far more sensible to keep the day job whilst building your new business. This means working a job and then building your business after work and at the weekends and doing this requires energy, focus and prioritisation. It’s incredibly hard, and I speak from experience. It involves a delicate juggling act fraught with stress, complexity and occasionally conflicts of interest.

However, there’s no reason why you can’t do it as many of the world’s top companies have demonstrated. Balancing a full-time job with a start-up business can have real advantages, enabling you to set up, gain exposure, contacts and advice while testing your market and commitment to the business you’re building. So for any of you who need help on how to do it, here’s my advice.

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