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Hate Your Job? Start a Side Business

If your dream about being your own boss immediately deflates when you think about the loss of steady income, benefits and prestige from maintaining a corporate job, I am here to tell you that you can have both…by starting a business on the side. If you have intrinsic artistic or creative writing ability, give great advice, are an expert organizer, starting a side business that leverages these talents can provide you with a challenging hobby to monetize your skills in the market. While pursuing your own business is not for everyone, anyone can take a stab at it. Here are a few thoughts on why starting your own business can empower you and give you focus.


If you hate your job, start a side business (Photo: iStockphoto)

You can start a side business, working full-time in your day job.
You can also still maintain a good and balanced family life. You should know that starting a side business does take time and effort — it is not as simple as 1, 2, 3. However, with a strong strategy you can build a solid plan and get it off the ground. Your initial research and investment of time will be critical to providing a foundation for ultimate success. If you follow the right steps in creating a virtual store, it shouldn’t be long until you start getting interest in the service or product you want to introduce to the market.

Artistic talents sell, and so does expertise in a particular area.
Do you love to paint, draw, take pictures or sculpt? So many options in the market exist for you to create a ready-made e-commerce platform. Sites like handle all of the back-end fulfillment and actual product creation, you just need to upload your designs. Build a virtual store, and let it sell things to customers 24/7 — no capital investment needed, just your talent and your time to get things set up.

Are you frustrated in your job because you feel that it is not entrepreneurial enough for you?
If you have a corporate job, rising to a level where you are driving business and clients are seeking you for advice can take a while. Sometimes, many, many years! If you want to feel more entrepreneurial and less of a cog in the great big Manhattan machine, having a business on the side where you are the expert, and you are the product and you are the front office sales person can be very fulfilling. You may also see yourself develop new soft skills that can also add value in your day job.

Starting a side business takes courage and commitment, and the initial investment of time can take many months. If you have nothing else going on and are looking for new motivation and a new hobby, this could be a great escape that could yield a strong financial return as well if done right. Nothing to lose!

Debra Wheatman is a certified writer and career coach who has guided the professional development of thousands of clients globally. She is reachable at

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