I get it. You are unhappy in your job and you want to get out of it as soon as possible. And yes, you are not wrong. Not everyone is made for the energy-sapping 9-5 and therefore it is my duty to show you that there are other alternatives that you can take which might just be the right thing for you to do.

And as you already know me, you also know what I’m talking about. The alternative route that I’m presenting to you is to run your own online business.

Two years ago, when I worked in an international logistics company in my hometown I had no other chance than to start my own online business as a side hustle. Why? Because stupid young me signed a contract which bound me for 2 years to this company. I couldn’t just easily get out of it so I needed to see how I can still follow my purpose and passion while marking time in this enterprise.

I hope that this is not the case with you. However, if I could turn back time I would have done it again. Starting my side hustle while working 9-5 was the best decision I could have made and if I had waited until I got out of my company just to start my own online business – well, I don’t think I would have that much success.

But why is that? What benefits does it have if you start your own online business next to your full-time job?


2. You can test the water

Starting your own venture next to your 9-5 allows you to see whether running your own online business is the right path to your freedom. I really must say this is not for everyone as it still takes a lot of work and dedication and some time to make it work. However, if you start your own online business next to your full-time job you can check whether you have what it takes to make it in this business world and whether you feel passionate about it.

Because these are the most important factors you need to know before you start full in.


2. You eliminate your fears

As you know, starting your own online business comes with a lot of fears such as the fear of losing financial security or the fear of offering something people do not want. However, if you still work full-time in a job then your finances are secured and you have enough time to check what your target audience really wants. You still get your monthly paycheck while figuring out every evening what works in your business and what doesn’t. And this reduces your fear of failing as well as you don’t put yourself under time pressure and give yourself enough space to grow and evolve your business.

3. You can develop your skills and experience

With the money in your bank account you have the perfect opportunity to learn and develop new skills after work which will help you skyrocket your business once you dive in full-time. I mean it takes some trial and error until you can determine the perfect communication with your client, brand marketing, pricing, and much more. However, you are going to need the time in which you are developing your skills for other important business tasks once you work in it full-time. So take the chance, and do it as long as you are still an employee.

4. You can add to your savings

As soon as you dive into your own online business full-time I would always suggest to have savings for at least 6 months to help you through. But I’m very well aware of the fact that most of the time you only get enough money from your employer to pay for the bills and for your family. However, there is no money left to save. With a side-hustle you can start earning some extra money which then will help you to save for your big break-out.

So as you can see there are some amazing benefits to starting your own online business as a side hustle and I would highly recommend everyone to do so if they have the chance. Not only because it helped me a lot in the beginning but also because you are less likely to do something you don’t want to.

But now I would like to know from you: Do or did you start your own online business as a side hustle as well? Why did or didn’t you start it next to your full-time job?

Let me know in the comments, I’d love to hear from your experiences.

And if you want to start your own online business next to your full-time job but don’t have any ideas then click here to check out my blog post about how you can find the right business idea.


Yours, Nicole

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