How To Work A 9-to-5 While Running Your Online Business

Corporate jobs. They serve a purpose and fill a need. When we’re in the first stages of building our online business, 9 times out of 10 we’re still going to be working in our corporate jobs. The tricky part is juggling both of them when you’re not making enough from your online business to leave and need the income from your corporate job to live and function. This, if done right, can be really easy and in fact enjoyable!

There are those who say they can’t find the time to work on their business, don’t have enough energy after working all day, or are too busy doing other things. But here are a couple of examples of multi-million dollar entrepreneurs who built their businesses while working in a job. Marie Forleo did bartending while building her life coaching business. Denise Duffield-Thomas had a corporate job but decided to go out on a limb and ask her husband to support her for 6 months while she tried to build her business.

Whatever your excuse is for not working on your dreams, it’s costing you more than you know. So stop making excuses and get to work!


If you’re working 40 hours a week and you’re finding it’s too much for you to be able to do that and work on your business, talk with your boss about the possibility of reducing your hours down to 30 or even 20. Yes, the income decreases a little bit, but you’re opening yourself up to more time, energy, and creative space to put into your business to double your income!


If you’re unable to lighten your workload without upsetting your boss, another thing to try would be looking for a bridging position. A bridging position is a job that doesn’t take up as much of your time or energy that allows you to work on your business. This can be a part-time role somewhere for a few hours a day, or maybe check out if there are any Virtual Assistant roles up for grabs in your network. There’s always a way, don’t forget that!


To truly live in alignment with the rich, fearless and free lifestyle, you need to be responsible in your business from the beginning. This means living your life the way you would once you were successful. You need to stay as balanced as you can. Of course you’ll overindulge when it comes to working on your business because it’s something that excites you and that you’re passionate about. If you love what you’re doing, who wouldn’t want to immerse themselves in it 24/7? Try as much as possible to live your life and enjoy it. Keep up your date nights, your coffee dates, and family catch ups. Without these, your life will be a lot less sparkly. And I said it once and I’ll say it again, you don’t need to suffer in order to live your dreams.

How are you juggling your 9-to-5 while working on your business?

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