How I Grew My Business While Working Full Time


I was a middle-school teacher, and I loved my job. Being a teacher was the first full-time job I had ever had, and it was great! I got to travel, see the world, and interact with children every day. The only problem? It wasn’t enough hours in a week to make ends meet—and no one could tell me why that was the case. So one day (while watching television), I decided to go for it: I would start my own business doing something I loved doing on my spare time (teaching).

I joined an online community and started networking.

Networking is one of the most valuable things you can do to grow your business. It’s not just about making new contacts or selling your products, it’s also about building relationships that will last long after you have stopped working for yourself.

There are many ways to network online but I like joining communities where there is already an established community of people who share similar interests and goals as mine. By joining these communities I get the chance to connect with other entrepreneurs who want the same things as me, which makes it easier for us both if we decide one day we want work together again!

I set a schedule, and stuck to it.

  • Set a schedule, and stick to it.
  • A schedule is important because it helps you know what to expect from your day, and how long each task should take. Without one, you might be tempted to work on something for too long or work on the wrong thing at the wrong time of day. You can use tools like Google Calendar or Todoist to help manage your tasks (and even integrate with email services). If possible, try setting up reminders in your calendar so that you’re never caught off guard again!
  • Make sure that everyone has access—you want them all in sync about what’s going on!

I did what I loved, and didn’t worry about making other people happy.

I did what I loved, and didn’t worry about making other people happy.

I was more concerned with doing what I loved than what other people wanted me to do. It was easier for me to be honest about my feelings and opinions than it was for me to try and please everyone at every turn—even when it meant hurting someone else’s feelings or standing up for myself (which wasn’t always easy).

I didn’t worry about making other people happy.

I focused on doing the little things well.

There are a lot of things that can be distracting, but it’s important to focus on the small things and not worry about the big picture. Don’t worry about what others are doing, or what you think they expect of you. Don’t worry about what your friends think of your business, or if it’s successful enough for them to say “I told you so.” The only person who needs to know those things is YOU!

In order for me to grow my business while working full time (and sometimes even before then), I decided that I needed two things: 1) A strong purpose 2) An amazing team behind me who would help me accomplish this goal

I stopped trying to be perfect.

You’re not going to be perfect. You’re never going to get it right, and that’s OK.

The best way I know how to handle this is by being willing to make mistakes and trying new things. If you make a mistake, ask for help or feedback from those around you—it’s better than beating yourself up over it!

You can also try something new in your business: maybe offer an online course or write an ebook on the subject that interests you? Or if there’s something else that intrigues you as well…go for it!

I allowed myself to have a learning curve.

If you’re like me, you probably have a lot of ideas floating around in your head. I mean, who doesn’t? But when it comes down to actually doing something about them and making them happen, we often find that we don’t know where or how to start. That’s where failure comes into play — and it’s okay! We all fail at some point or another (even if it was just trying out a new recipe). In fact, failure is part of the learning process; when we fail at something new or difficult for us there’s always room for improvement instead of becoming discouraged by our mistakes.

I let go of my ego.

My ego was a good thing at first. It kept me from asking for help, but it also prevented me from admitting when I was wrong or learning new things.

When I started my business, I had an internal sense of pride in what we were doing—and rightfully so! We were doing something no one else had done before: building an app that allowed people to buy and sell products online in real time. We were pioneers in this space, taking on a challenge that many thought impossible.

The problem came when this sense of pride began to interfere with our growth and success as entrepreneurs because it made us feel like we couldn’t ask for help or admit when we weren’t sure about something (or anything). This led not only into problems within the company but also within ourselves as individuals: both mentally and emotionally closed off from people who might offer useful advice or insights

When things got tough, I got determined.

When things got tough, I got determined.

When your business is growing at a snail’s pace, it can be easy to feel like you’re not making any progress. But if you keep going and stay focused on your goals, even when things seem hopeless, success will come eventually—and when it does come along with a nice windfall of cash that’s just waiting for someone like me who wants to take full advantage of their opportunity!

The thing about being determined is that once you’ve gotten yourself into the mindset where nothing else matters but getting those goals accomplished (and then some), there’s no stopping yourself from achieving what needs doing. You may even find yourself doing so much more than expected!

If you have a dream that you’re determined to make a reality, you can do it, even if it’s not your full-time job yet!

If you have a dream that you’re determined to make a reality, you can do it, even if it’s not your full-time job yet!

The key is to set goals and stick to them. You need to be flexible and willing to learn new things. You also need to be willing to make mistakes along the way (and laugh at yourself).


I hope these tips will help you make your dream come true. I know that it’s possible to work full time while still pursuing a passion, and I wish you the best of luck in doing so!

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