Be intentional about the opportunities you pursue

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Be Intentional About the Opportunities You Pursue

Explore opportunities that will allow you to focus on moving your entrepreneurial project forward and balance your life needs, at the same time.

Cultivating a new business takes time, effort, energy, and more often than not - money. You can have it all…start with getting intentional with your time and where your efforts are spent. Intentionality is paramount when you’re balancing the priorities of building a startup with maintaining the very real-right-now daily life needs.

When it comes to working while also building the foundation for a successful business, it might mean some sacrifices now in order to position yourself for entrepreneurial success in the long run. For example, you might find yourself taking on work or projects in the short-term that aren't your 100% dream job match - but that position you to reach that long-term goal. In other words, you gotta do what you gotta do...

As the saying goes, you’ve got to squeeze a few lemons to make lemonade. You’ll need the flexibility to work on that dream project. That might mean giving up the cushier lifestyle you’ve been living for a bit, so you can get to your goal.

When thinking about how to grow your business, while still bringing in an income, explore opportunities that suit your short-term needs and wants, and support your long-term goals best: 

Priority Job to Consider:
Time: I want extra time to work on my own gig. Administrative (eg. Front Desk Associate). If you’re OK with a part-time in come, you might use this type of opportunity to have lots of extra time for your own gig.
Flexibility: I need to use normal business hours to grow my biz. Hospitality (eg. Barista or Bartender). Service jobs with late-night hours are big on flexibility – allowing you to connect with contacts and hustle your business in the daytime.
Experience. I’d like jobs that will help me grow my portfolio. Remote Work (eg. Freelancer Designer, Social Media Manager or Virtual Assistant). As virtual opportunities increase online, there are plenty of short-term jobs you can use to boost your skills and your portfolio.

In the end, you’ll have to prioritize your life needs and choose the work that lets you meet those priorities. Founding your own company often means you’ll be working hours you’re not super pumped about. But as long as you keep your eye on the prize and know your intention behind your decision, you’re on the right track.

Remember This: It can be overwhelming to balance the priorities of pursuing your entrepreneurial dream with the day-to-day realities of life. But when you’re feeling discouraged remind yourself why you’re doing it. Keep your eye on the prize, you’re on the road to something incredible.

author-nextdoor-kalil This tip comes from Levi Baer. Levi is an Community builder, educator, trainer, and co-founder of Second Shift Chicago. Hit him up with questions on transitioning from full-time to your time on Twitter, @mysterybaer.

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