How to use your job to fund your freedom business
Learning how to use your job to fund your freedom business is a critical step in creating the income, lifestyle and freedom you want. It is something we can all learn but it does require some new ways of thinking and developing some leadership skills.
When I got back after slaving for eight hours at the office, the last thing I wanted to do was get out the laptop and start building a business. Despite my desire, I lacked the energy and couldn’t do anything but collapse on the couch for an hour and watch television. Most of us need a couple of ‘me time’ hours to relax and wind down after family commitments and chores are completed before going to bed and getting up to do it all again. Forty hours a week in a job you’re not passionate about will eventually suck the life, hope and innovation right out of you. But don’t worry, there is a way out if you are ready and willing.
Creating more free time in your day is the key to planning your freedom business
That was when I learned I needed more time in my day to work on my business if it was going to design the life and business I love. Up and quitting my job wasn’t an option – I wasn’t willing to put my family through the stress that would cause. With the family responsibilities I had, the income from my desk job was too valuable to give up. It was an unfortunate but necessary part of my overall scheme to creating the income, lifestyle and freedom I wanted.
So I asked myself, “how do I keep my job and, at the same time, gain productive hours in the day to develop a new business and enjoy the process?” The answer was I needed to start running my job more efficiently and effectively and, in essence, work my way out of my job.
“Talent is formed in still waters, and character in the world torrent.” – Goethe, writer and statesman
Start running your job as a business owner to create more free time
I began searching for a solution that would create more free time in my day. The only option was to stop working my job forty hours a week. I had to get my job running so efficiently that I didn’t even have to be there if I chose not to be.
I began to do what most successful business owners and entrepreneurs do – structure my organization with systems and processes so that what needed to happen did, on time, every day, so I could work myself out of all the unnecessary time wasting and energy sucking activities. I treated my job as a project with deliverables rather than as an operator. I harnessed the skills and resources of my team to the maximum. I started working smarter and more strategically vs. harder as the doer.
It was a significant risk to change my management style so drastically, releasing the need to micromanage my team and sharing leadership responsibilities. I was going against the old-school train of thought that all information, direction, decision-making, and control must flow through the manager.
“A pessimist makes difficulties of his opportunities, and an optimist makes opportunities of his difficulties.” – Harry Truman, U.S. President
With my new business owner approach, I became less integral in specific tasks and decisions. My department was running so smoothly, my team was achieving more, and I was doing less. I created mental bandwidth and spare time in office to think, innovate and take action related to my escape. Bonus – I became a better dad because I was less stressed and had more energy.
Extra time in the day – gives you your extra time to plan your freedom business
I called this extra time and freedom in my day “ZAGGTIME”, dedicated to taking back my passion from the black hole of the day job. Instead of spinning my wheels, being busy for busy-ness’ sake, reading junk emails, attending non valuable meetings, and reviewing and approving every bit of work from my organization; I focused more on developing new skills, building my dream business and planning my escape.
To be clear, ZAGGTIME is not about slacking off on the job. In fact, it is the opposite as I had to become an improved employee, doing more and adding value to every action with less time. I was not missing big deadlines, instead, I was hitting all my marks with efficiency and proficiency. I became very skilled in delegation, automation, and outsourcing which resulted in a more efficient and successful organization.
Don’t mistake activity for achievement – do what’s most important and adds the most value
Improving productivity was a turning point for me. To get the freedom I needed to put my dreams in motion, I stepped up my game in a big way. Each day, I brought passion and ingenuity to my job. At the same time, I must admit that I had to make a mess to clean up a mess. It took a lot of hard work, restructuring and some chaos to get systems in place for people to follow and, ultimately, grant the freedom I needed. In time, it was a win-win-win for me, my company and my team – but it was rigorous reaching that new level of operation.
“Go as far as you can see, when you get there, you will be able to see further.” – Thomas Carlyle, philosopher, writer, teacher
My colleagues from the old school of management (who tend to mistake activity for achievement) started noticing how I empowered my team and the extra free time I had as a result; however, they felt my approach was a threat to their livelihood as our roles were similar.
In part, they were right. But I didn’t want to be a manager anymore. I wanted to be the leader of my destiny, a freedom-preneur, and I needed to work smarter, not harder, to break into my new next-level life and business.
CALL TO ACTION – Learn how to use your job to fund your freedom business
It is my mission you learn how to use your job to fund your freedom business… and make the escape from employee to entrepreneur. And develop a plan that is clear and actionable, and that you have access to the tips, tactics, tools and training to expedite your escape. Don’t settle for what the world says is acceptable – instead, go for what you want and what you are capable of achieving.
Contact me for a one-on-one discussion about how to use your job to fund your freedom business and make an escape from employee to entrepreneur. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or text 306-570-7321 to arrange a free consultation.
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Be vulnerable – birth a new you – and live with no regrets!
Doug Howorko- Founder of ZAGGTIME
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