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How To Start a Side Project and Eventually Quit Your Job

extra incomeGuest Article by Lance Trebesch

If your job makes you happy, congratulations. You are among the few who can claim
that. For most of us, work is a necessary endeavor. We need to earn a living and
contribute to society, so we go through the process of finding and then performing a
job. There are, however, more fulfilling ways to spend one's days. It just takes
some ingenuity and some good old fashioned hard work.

Do you have a passion you'd like to pursue, but don't think you have the time?
Chances are, you probably do. Even with a day job and a family and a mortgage, you
can still make time. It will start slowly, and will take time to develop. But
eventually it can lead you to the land of the self-employed. It's a mighty fine
country, if I do say so myself.

If you're ready to pursue the side project of your dreams, you can get started with
these simple steps.

Evaluate how you spend time outside work

Chances are you can't change anything about your working hours. You still need to
pay the bills, so your day job remains necessary. Since you can't control that time,
you might as well forget about it at first. It's best to focus on the time you can
control, which is the time you spend outside of work.

Do you wake up in the morning and immediately start getting ready for work? What do
you do when you get home from work? Chances are you have two opportunities for
productivity here. You can always get up an hour early and work on your side project
first thing in the morning, which is an effective way of ensuring you work on it
every single day. After work you'll have to cut out significant downtime, such as TV
watching time. But if you're serious about your side project it won't matter.

Weekends are another time primed for working on your side project. You probably
won't put in full days on both Saturday and Sunday, but if you can eke out another
eight hours spread over those two days, you can make significant progress with your
project.

Get rigid

Since you won't have abundant time to dedicate to the side project, you'll have to
make the most of that time. If you enter your side project time without laser focus,
you'll end up wasting it. You need a rigid plan in order to accomplish a lot of work
in a short timeframe.

This means spending a little time at the end of every workday planning what you will
do the next day. Maybe you already do this for your day job. If so, it's a practice
that is even more critical for your side project. Even a simple list of tasks to
accomplish the next day will suffice. Then, when you sit down to work the next
morning, you'll know exactly where to start.

Make it a stay-cation

We all need to get away sometimes, but if you're working on a side project in
addition to a day job, you just won't have the time. Perhaps you can afford time
away from the day job, but taking time away from your side project before it's fully
realized can cripple it. But that doesn't mean your vacation time has to go to
waste. You can use it strategically.

Instead of going away for vacation, use your vacation time to work on your side
project full-time. If you can get off two straight weeks, all the better. Using time
off from your day job to work on your side project allows you to deeply immerse
yourself in the side project. You can power through tasks that you just can't
accomplish by working in small spurts during the week.

It will all be worth it when you successfully launch your side project. If
everything goes according to plan, you can take all the vacation time you need.

If you have a day job and rely on it to pay the bills, a side project can seem like
a daunting task. Truthfully, in many ways it is. But if you believe in the project
and are willing to put in the effort, you can make it happen. It means reevaluating
how you spend your free time, rigidly budgeting your time, and finding time to
deeply immerse yourself in the project. If you can perform those actions, then you
are well on your way to a successful launch.

About The Author

Lance Trebesch is the CEO of TicketPrinting.com & Ticket River which
offers a variety of event products and ticketing services. After nineteen years of
Silicon Valley experience, Lance found the key to happiness is helping customers
worldwide beautify and monetize their events with brilliant print products and event
services. Listening to his customers and learning about how they plan their events –
ranging from concerts to fundraisers has helped him gain insight and expertise on
how to host a successful event that he is always eager to share.

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