While on a Skype call two weeks ago with a fellow small business owner, I had a major “aha” moment. It’s like a lightbulb went off in my head and I realized something that I have been doing wrong for a while. Some of you may know that I have a full time day job. I am a 2nd grade teacher at a wonderful school to a fantastic group of little ones. And while there are some people that will tell you that if you have a day job you can’t live your dream, I’m here to tell you that is NOT true! Sure, it may be easier to run a business without a full time day job, but it’s definitely not impossible.
I was Skyping with a small business coach and she was asking me some question about what it’s like to balance a full time day job and our business. She was asking questions that really made me think about what it was to do both. For some time, I was very upset that I still had to work a full time job. I was frustrated, I cried, and I felt as if I was the only one that wasn’t living “the dream” of being an entrepreneur. I thought that being successful in my business meant I had to exclusively pursue my business and that if I had a day job I was a “failure”. This of course, wasn’t true, at. all.
I realized that because I had my full time job (which has the BEST schedule ever) we are able to build our business from the ground up. We are able to have quality clients and not have take the “low budget brides” to make ends meet. Having my day job allows both of us to truly take our time loving and serving our clients and enjoying our business and all the benefits it has to offer. I had that “lightbulb” moment realizing that I am truly blessed to have my day job and blessed to have our business and push it forward.
So if you’re sitting there at your desk, wishing you were somewhere else, wishing you were only working on your “dream job”… stop it! Yea I said it, STOP IT! Appreciate what you have, appreciate the fact that you even have a job, and appreciate that you don’t have to take “any paying job” just because you need the money. Take a moment and think about all the things you can do because your full time job supports your business and remember that there’s no rush to building a business!
Melissa IllanceI’m a teacher too and just because I’m marinating the thought of starting a side thing with photography I’ve never once wanted to leave my kiddos. I love being a kindergarten teacher. I can totally relate. Thank you for posting this.