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"I don't have the time" seems to be the most well-worn excuse in the world. If this excuse were a shirt, it would be faded and badly frayed at the seams. In fact, I'm ashamed to say that this was once my favorite excuse — and maybe still is (which explains why it took me a year to update this blog). However, I've realized that, more often that not, we have the time to do the things that we've always wanted to do, but we just don't know how to find it. If you want to build your online business, having more time is not the solution, but managing time may well be. Twenty-four hours is all you get in a day, so you need to be able to manage it and use it well.
First, you may want to sit down and take a few moments to think about how you have been spending your time. You might be shocked to learn that you have been actually wasting a lot of the precious minutes that you have been given in a day.
A lot of people think they need to quit their day job in order to start an online business. This is a dangerous mistake. Like brick-and-mortar businesses, an online business has inherent risks. You should not expect to earn a full-time income on your first month in the business. You may even have to fail before you can succeed.
If you are relying on your day job for survival, meaning if your job pays the bills and feeds you and your family, don't pass that resignation letter yet (or tell your boss to shove it). Keep your job and then slowly build your online business empire. Start growing your business part time.
There are many ways to find time to work on your online business. First, you can get out of bed earlier than usual so that you can work. Instead of whiling your lunch break away chit-chatting your co-workers, why not use the time to work on your business? Since your business will be online, you can work anywhere. You can invest in a laptop and find a cafe with WiFi access. You can also buy a USB modem so you can work anywhere you want as long as the modem is able to pick up the signal from your Internet service provider.
If you commute to work or if someone else is driving for you, you can use the time to work on your business. However, if some circumstances do not allow you to work, then you may use that time to brainstorm. If you don't feel comfortable bringing a laptop in a public place, you can use your smart phone to visit websites, send emails and even post articles on your blog.
At home, you may want to give up watching television or at least reduce the time you spend in front of the boob tube. You may also want to delegate some of the chores you do at home so you can spend more time growing your business.
You can start growing your business part time, but you need to be consistent with your efforts. You also need to be patient. Work until you reach the level of income that will allow you to comfortably let go of the job that you now have.
There is no better time to start your online business than today. Start with what you have and what you know and build from there. Learn from mistakes and discover new things. Allow your new discoveries to excite you. Remember, time is one of those things that you will never get back once you've lost it.
Stay tuned for more moneymaking tips and more information about starting your online business.