Building a Business While Keeping Your Day Job

Sep 30, 2020

Building a Business While Keeping Your Day Job


We all have great ideas that we’d love to develop into business opportunities. If you’re reading this article, it likely means that you have 1 of these magic little ideas bouncing around in your head but haven’t yet had the opportunity to quit your current job and make this personal business a reality.

“The biggest struggle for most would-be entrepreneurs is taking that first leap,” says Forbes. “It may be quitting a job, putting up a website, entering a startup accelerator program, approaching someone with your 1st pitch, or just announcing your venture to the world and family and committing the dollars and credit you have. This normally comes after a fair amount of brainstorming and planning. That can be a time when your mind frequently plays tricks on you. Fear and doubt creep. You can make plenty of excuses.”

Every entrepreneur on earth can relate to what you’re experiencing. We’ve all struggled with the doubts and challenges that come with developing our own businesses. But there’s no time like the present to start laying the groundwork for your future business. You don’t need to build it in a single massive initiative. Instead, approach it thoughtfully and methodically.

This guide will walk you through several of those steps and offer tips for how to balance your entrepreneurial pursuits with your day job—because there’s no reason to burn bridges with your current boss. When done right, you can prepare for entrepreneurial success while still earning a steady paycheck from your day job.

About the Author

Grant Olsen

Grant Olsen

Grant Olsen is a writer specializing in small business loans, leadership skills, and growth strategies. He is a contributing writer for KSL 5 TV, where his articles have generated more than 6 million page views, and has been featured on and Grant is also the author of the book "Rhino Trouble." He has a B.A. in English from Brigham Young University.

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