Full Time Employee to Full Time Entrepreneur: Here’s How

Being an entrepreneur is no small feat… dare I even say that it isn’t easy.

I am fortunate enough to have hated my job enough that I was willing to jump off the cliff with no parachute, in search of a dream. Fortunately that parachute opened.

But, what if you aren’t in the same position?

What if you’re working your full time job while getting your “hustle” on after work and on weekends?

One of the most common questions that I get is “Stephanie, how do I get my business off the ground while working my day job?”

And though I didn’t do it that way, there are a few things that you should know and understand in order to make “balancing” both doable and then transition into full time entrepreneurship.

  1. Balance is bullshit. It doesn’t exist. Naturally one thing will get more attention. But that thing may change day to day. Most days your job will get the most attention, after all, thats your bread and butter. But there will be some days that you are so passionate about what you are working on, that even at work, your business will be on your mind. You’ll be creating through thought often while on the clock. Accept that there is no real balance here…
  2. A schedule will become your best friend. I am not fond of scheduling… really. Give me a schedule and I’ll give you 5 reasons I can’t be there on time. But when balancing both your full time gig and your passion, a schedule is a must. Without it you’ll find yourself either not spending enough time on your passion OR you’ll find yourself up late at night and sleep deprived the next morning for the full time gig. Schedule in everything… even if all you’re scheduling is the time you spend blogging, researching contractors, etc.
  3. Prioritize revenue generating activities. In the beginning, its likely you will be the only one working in this company. That means you’ll be the president, accountant, customer service, graphic designer, shipping, the administrative assistant, and any other position you can think of… at least until you get revenue rolling into the business. With this though, it is easy to get caught up doing “busy work” that we really “believe” is important but that doesn’t lead to any real revenue. It is so important that in the beginning we prioritize revenue generating activities FIRST. All others can wait until later and even then, ask yourself, “is this really important?” Once money start rolling in and you and hire an assistant or 2, ONLY DO THE REVENUE GENERATING ACTIVITIES. This one is hard even for me to this day but its soooooooo important. Which leads me to my next one…
  4. Delegate from the beginning or as soon as you can. Hire before you think you can afford it. MAGIC happens when you can focus on what you’re amazing at and only the things that generate revenue. I remember in 2010 when I hired my first virtual assistant. I had NO IDEA how I was going to pay her 30 days later. (We had an agreement that she would get paid once a month. That gave me a full month to figure out the money part). All I knew what that I was spending my time scheduling social media posts and answering emails when what I NEEDED to be focused on was what was going to bring in the money. But, I was busy with everything else. So, I leaped. I was broke as a joke, hired a virtual assistant (VA) and fortunately, a month later, I’d generated enough to pay her. Thats when I really learned that if you’re waiting to afford to hire, you’ll likely never afford to hire. You’ll be so busy doing the busy work that you won’t do the things that actually bring in the revenue. And that means you’ll never be able to hire.
  5. Give yourself time. Know that because you are working a  full time gig while running your business on the side it may take a bit longer to start generating as much cash as you’d like. Accept that and appreciate the journey. Because that day that you are able to turn in your resignation and walk out with confidence, you’ll realize it was all worth it.

Working a full time job and running your business IS possible. Going from full time employee to full time stephanie-137entrepreneur IS possible. You’ve just got to know it and do the necessary things to make it happen. Having gone from $21 to a million dollar business, I know first hand what it is like to not know how its going to happen but to believe it wholeheartedly. Read more about my story and the EXACT steps I took to build a company that makes a difference in my book Shut Up and Do the Work. Its available on Amazon and on Barnes and Noble.

Shut Up and Do the Work is truly the entrepreneur’s guide to creating massive success. So, if you’re serious about creating success in your business, even while you’re working full time, GRAB YOUR COPY NOW.











  • Cecile September 26, 2016 at 10:03 pm

    This is my,current predicament. Thanks for the encouragement. Marketing is what I’m learning!

  • Cortina September 27, 2016 at 4:38 pm

    This is very true. I am in the process of making that transition. You hit the nail on the head about balance.


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