Author: Becky Bruso
I am exploring the power of both. Sometimes I tend to think in purist terms. It must be either this or that, period.
Translate this to either I am working on my business plan or I am gainfully employed. In business building mode, there are definitely lean times where there is no immediate income showing up but lots of hard work going in.
I needed a way to bridge the income gap and reframe my exclusionary thoughts. For me, I have found that taking contract work will fill this income void. This gives me the power of both.
Granted, it is way easier to devote your undivided attention to your business. But when in the early build out phases where a lot of the work is still on paper; these activities can be done “on the side”, a term Amy Mosher, The Strategy and Innovation Leader at
Workforce Central Career Center, uses frequently.
A lot of discipline and energy needs to be there to do both. I am currently on a path of both. Having just started a new day gig as a contract worker yesterday; I plan to work in my off the day gig time to hone the plan.
I think being a contractor helps me keep my edge. Thoughts like what if at the end of the contract there is not another in the near future keep me pushing forward with the plan. Using one path to be an insurance policy against the other and diversify income streams.
Earlier this year, I had a 3 month gig with a 6 week layover before the next one materialized. The 6 week income deficit was a powerful way to focus on BOTH: The need for current income and continuing to build out the plan.
Moving forward with your business may not unfold as you imagined; but sometimes the paths least traveled have awesome results. I am crossing my fingers that this will play out well.