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Guest Writer Sarah on why entrepreneurs who also have jobs are often a safer bet!

Sarah Griffiths is better known to many as Wheelie Momma blogger. Sarah has cerebral palsy since birth which means she uses a wheelchair, something which she actively fought against most of childhood and teenage years. This steely determination served her well and saw her graduate from university, pass her driving test, buy a house, do 2 skydives, travel, get married and have 3 amazing children.

You can read more of her blogs here: https://wheeliemomma.co.uk/blog/

If there’s one thing that makes my blood boil it’s the condescending attitude out there amongst some business owners towards fellow business owners who have a job as well as running their business.

I’ve seen the eye rolls first hand myself “what would she know about business, she has a JOB”. As if having a job is some contagious plague.

“How can you expect clients to believe in you when you don’t believe in yourself enough to go all in on your business? That’s not a business, it’s a monetised hobby. You’re just playing.”

BUT

Contrary to this narrative, I personally believe that entrepreneurs who work alongside growing their business are the safest bet of all. Here’s 4 reasons why:

1. We started our business from a place of passion, not necessity.

Our job pays the bills and creates security meaning that we are providing the products or services of our business because we want to make a difference, not because we need to.

This energy of gratitude, creativity and excitement is so much better to be around as a client than someone who you know is just going through the motions to get your cash.

 

2. Our time management skills are incredible.

We can show up for our job every day and never miss a beat, do things necessary for our own clients and to grow our business and chances are we have kids or family who rely on us too. All these plates in the air and yet everything moves in relative harmony.

We’re showing up because we genuinely want to. Rather than exhausting us, our business energises us and in my personal experience having the creative, expressive outlet of a business makes corporate or 9-5 burnout much less likely.

 

3. Not putting “all your eggs in one basket” by quitting a job and going all in with business will often mean that your business is more cohesive and sustainable longer term.

You’re not frantically trying things while in survival mode. You have the luxury of time to carefully consider your brand, values, voice and aesthetics.

All these things are key to creating a credible, magnetic business but sadly many people who jump of the 9-5 hamster wheel, straight into the CEO weightlift have to focus on cash flow immediately and they deprioritise all these things.

By the time they have the head space and the cash to really express who they are as a coherent brand, it’s often too late. We only get one chance to make a first impression.

 

4. Finally, a job and colleagues can be really great networking and market research opportunities as well as a social outlet.

Let’s be real, being a solo business owner can be a lonely road and having a group of people to chat to, ask their opinions and maybe even form a tester group from, is actually a stroke of genius. They already know, respect and like you and hopefully they are decent humans who want you to succeed. The smart business owner makes the most of this wealth of insight and support.

 

So, the next time you feel like giving yourself a hard time for having a job safety net, I implore you to reframe that nonsense and instead celebrate your resilience and tenacity.

If you’ve ever disregarded someone’s business because they have a job. I hope this will make you reconsider in future. Rather than looking at the job and thinking what’s wrong with their business. How about we instead focus on all the things that are right to having them smashing it in two worlds simultaneously.

Sarah, x

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