My Day Job is my Sugar Daddy: How to Pursue Your Dreams Without Losing Your Mind

5 Ways You Can Grow Your Side Business Successfully Alongside Your 9 to 5 Job.
by Kelly Lynn Adams

Many of us that have bridge jobs (either working in Corporate America or having a few part-time jobs) would like to make our businesses full time so that we can make more money and have more time to focus fully on what we love.

So many people who have bridge jobs feel embarrassed, shameful and resentment because they have bridge jobs and are not 100% entrepreneurs or following their passion full time. Having a bridge job while building your business is not embarrassing at all, it is actually very empowering because it is not only allows you to build a business of your dreams but it also has tons of benefits for your business.

Even if you hate your job(s) and are working on an exit strategy to leave, you must shift your perception and turn around your thinking of some of the benefits of your job. Your job can be looked upon as your secret angel investor or (what I like to call it) your sugar daddy. Your job can also be an excellent source of training whether it be on the job training, how to deal with office politics or how to deal different people's personalities! There are many benefits of working a 9 to 5 while building a business, you just have to make sure that you leverage every opportunity that comes your way to your advantage!

Here are 5 tips on how to grow your side business along side your 9 to 5 job:


1. Shift Your Perception On Your Current Reality. Your mindset is the foundation of your business. Your job provides a steady income this not only helps to pay the bills, but keeps you from being desperate for clients and allows you to take more risks your my business AND allows you the opportunity to invest in whatever you want no second guessing if you have enough money. So when you find yourself being a debbie downer or negative nelly about your current situation ask yourself what is the opportunity here, because the Universe is always working FOR you in order for you to serve at your highest potential.

2. Invest Your Business. In order to take your business to the next level you must invest in mentor/coaches, photographers, media coaches, energy healers, copy writers, accountants, lawyer, or any other service your business might need that you might not be able to do since you have limited time and/or if something is not in your zone of genius. You can only bootstrap your business for so long at some point there needs to be an investment made in order to get to that next level.

3. Measure Your Productivity. "If you want something done, ask a busy person" - managing time between a full time job and building a business there is no time for BS or time wasters. The more busier you are the more you get done. Think about the last time you were busy how much did you get done? You are more efficient, productive and not wasting time. The best way to make sure that you are being productive is setting a to-do list the night before and only setting 1 - 3 major goals that you have to get done by the next day. Then you want to measure your success and accomplishments. Once you start to make this a habit the sky is the limit for you. You can't manage your progress or success unless it is being measured.

4. Meet & Network with Different People - Online or Offline you MUST meet, connect, build relationships and network with new people all the time. Work these connections into your daily life and develop these relationships you never know what can come out of the relationship it might just be your next biggest business opportunity.

5. Delegate & Outsource. Since time is limited resource for you, delegating and outsourcing is a must in order to grow and leverage yourself. In order to avoid burn out you can not be all things to all people. Self care must be a priority so if that means hiring a cleaning lady, babysitter or getting a weekly mani/pedi/massage in order for you to fill back up so that you can serve at your highest potential then so be it. There will be tough choices to make but if a decision can make your life easier than I say go for it. You can not grow a six or seven figure business and beyond as a one woman show. It's time to hire help!

by Kelly Lynn Adams