Dream of Working From Home But Still Working A Day Job?

by on June 28, 2011

If you dream of working from home, whether in an mlm, or as a coach, affiliate marketer or whatever your entrepreneurial passion is, sometimes (in fact, more often than not!) you have to build your business while you’re still employed by somebody else.

This is just a fact of life, dear heart, and there are very few of us ~ especially if you’re a woman ~
who can just dump their obligations
to go gadding off on some work-from-home dream.

And sometimes it can be sooo slow and frustrating!

I’ve been there.

I was working for Starbucks for $7 while I was still building my goddess brand
and I know how hard it can be to keep your dream alive of being your own boss
while still being bossed about by someone else.

But, sweet soul, it absolutely Can Be Done!

And if you want to break free from having to rely on a single paycheck, it MUST be done.

So if you’re employed and building your working from home business at the same time,
there’s a few tips I’d like to share with you that made all the difference to me :-

First, celebrate the fact that you’re employed.

So often those who preach the ‘work at home’ gospel look down on those who are still employed, but no matter how much you might dislike your job, there’s a lot to be said for having a steady, reliable income source while you work on building your dream biz. I call it ‘bread and butter money’ and the desperate “I have to sell something” feeling that it relieves is worth way more than the actual dollar amount.

Besides, almost every home business requires some funding, whether it’s hosting for your website, tools to get your stuff in front of oodles of people or training on how not to look like a clod on Facebook.

So having a regular reliable income goes a long way to easing your way in the early days of more outflow than income.

Of course, there’s lots of free training out there (like at the Home & Small Business Network) but in the end, you’re going to need to pay for something!

Second, strive to become the best you can be at your current job.

Sweetheart, resentment won’t get you where you want to be,and the Law of Attraction says that what you focus on you get more of. So if you’re constantly focusing on how much you hate your job, you’re just going to get more of the same.

The trick is to OUTGROW your current position by giving it your all.

Be the very best you can be at it. Make them miss you when you go.

Try it, rather than complaining.
I bet you’ll be surprised at the results.

Third, create a little ritual that moves you from Employee to CEO mindset.

I used to change out of my barista ‘uniform’ as soon as I got home, consciously choosing to wear something goddess-y while I did my blogging and videos. (You can see in this video the effect that a costume change can have.)

Light a candle. Go for a walk. Spend 10 minutes on the floor with your toddler. Listen to something uplifting.

Whatever you need to do to release your Inner Mogul, do it!

Finally, set yourself ‘office hours’.

Step into your CEO shoes and start building that empire.

Set regular chunks of time to work on your business. A little bit here and there, scheduled and focused, can add up quicker than you realize. Use a timer ~ you can get a lot done in 15 minutes.


So there you are, angel.

Just a few of the successful actions that I used to move me from barista to blogger/goddess/coach.

Hope it helps. (If it does, do share it, won’t you?)

And if you’d like a session with me to mastermind a strategy for transitioning from employee to working from home, just hit reply to this email. You can do a single session or a series … I’m here to help.

Bliss-ings, dear heart

the goddess known as Jacqui

PS If you really want to hit the fast track, you might like to join me in Connecticut in July.

PPS If you’ve already decided to be a smartypants and attend, you can get all the details here.


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Kellie Hosaka@home business residual income June 30, 2011 at 1:49 am

Aloha Jacqui,

You have outlined “working at home” perfectly! Switching from the “employee” to “entrepreneurial” values are simple but not always easy. The key is to decide and do “whatever it takes” to go after your dreams!

Congratulations on your “leap” into great success! You are truly an inspiration!

Much love & aloha,
Kellie 🙂
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Gege from Money Making Ideas July 5, 2011 at 11:02 am

Your story is very inspiring and motivating. Also your tip is good to change your mindset from employee to CEO mindset. I like that. I want to say goodbye to may day job.


Holly July 6, 2011 at 8:39 am

Hello Goddess!! I truly love your post here! Yes, suck it up and do what it takes to get you where you want to go! Definitely outgrowing the position is the way to go, no sense in leaving in a bad way, show ’em what they are truly going to miss. I am sure Starbucks is missing you! It has been a pleasure getting to know you! See you in Connecticut!


Ira @ Chicago Home Builder July 10, 2011 at 1:17 pm

I’ve been there, too Jacq! When I was employed while working at home, my main goal was to double my income and start investing on home office equipment like a laptop. It was tough but taking steps at a time can always get you where you want. 🙂


jason@ball state dj July 20, 2011 at 4:01 pm

I am about to be laid off again. This time I am just deejaying and making money on line.


Jacqueline Gates July 28, 2011 at 5:51 pm

It always amazes me how being laid off can spur some people into action they might not have taken otherwise.
I wish you oodles of good fortune, Jason.


Jim@superaffiliatevipreview August 3, 2011 at 1:25 am

If you going to have a go at internet marketing please consider this advice. Don’t waste your money on one click software or systems promising to make unrealistic amounts of money overnight. There is so much of this stuff out there that gets pushed on people and the only ones that actually get rich are the gurus that are selling it to you.

Here is my advice from experience:
1. Don’t buy anything, learn by utilizing all the free resources on the web. Google is your friend. If your going to spend money, spend it on a mentor, not a product or course.
2. Get into a niche you personally enjoy, not something just to make money.
3. Buy web hosting and get your own domain, but make sure your keyword is in your domain name.


Jacqueline Gates August 4, 2011 at 10:16 am

Jim, thank you for such a thoughtful comment.
I agree with you wholeheartedly, especially about spending your money on a Mentor rather than a product or course.
That is part of the ‘creed’ of the Home and Small Business Network and we also follow the precept that Google is your friend.

I so appreciate your visit, sir!


Mark Testa@california sell my house November 17, 2011 at 8:53 pm

Great tips. It’s really challenging to balance time and energy between work and a side business. It all boils down to how much you really want it. Keep your eyes on the prize and nowhere else.


Danica Green@Shopping Bags March 28, 2012 at 1:42 am

Most financial adviser really advice people not to quit their job if they have any plans of putting up their own business.


Elaine Salt@Rental Property Management November 9, 2012 at 4:48 am

A lot of people are interested in getting a work from home and I believe that Jacqui is right do not leave your day job if you are not really sure if working from home is for you. Not everyone survive working from home. It needs a lot of adjustment and discipline.


Mei Mayore@Canada Life Insurance Quotes December 27, 2012 at 3:12 am

To quit the day job or not? This is one of the issues that novice entrepreneurs have to ponder on before taking the big leap of starting up a business.


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