10 Steps to Start a Business While Working a Full-Time Job [Infographic]

10 Steps Start Grow Your Business While Working a Full Time Job by Ryan Robinson

In the US, approximately 543,000 new people start a business each month. However, even more shut down. That’s an incredibly insightful statistic, revealing much about the way our culture has evolved in thinking of entrepreneurship and what it really takes to start a business.

As of 2011, there were over 28 million small businesses in the US, with more than 22 million of those self-employed with no additional payroll or employees. That’s a whole lot of solopreneurs striking out to start a business and make their dreams come true.

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The sad thing is, the majority of entrepreneurs attempting to start a business are destined for failure. Even some of the world’s top entrepreneurs failed miserably when setting out to start a business for the first time.

It’s not because they aren’t smart, hard-working, or well-connected. It’s because they make just one (or more) very bad decisions right at the beginning when they’re getting started. If you haven’t taken the time to discover your strengths, or you haven’t gone down the path of entrepreneurship before, it’s honestly hard not to make these mistakes.

If you’re looking for inspiration on which type of side business you should start, check out my picks for the 101 Best Side Businesses You Can Start While Working Full-Time.

This infographic and post explores those bad decisions (I’ve made most of them myself), provides you with detailed insights on how you can avoid all of them, and gives you the tools to start your business and successfully grow it before you quit your 9-5 job.

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I've started 4 businesses, all of which began while I was either a full-time student or had a full-time job after college, working 50+ hours/wk. With one of them, (my phone case business) I quit my day job a little too early and I learned a lot from that experience.

That single choice created a longer term effect on how quickly we were able to scale the business due to cash flow constraints. It ended with me having to move back in with my parents. It was a dark time filled with reading a whole lot of motivational quotes to help reignite my flame. I'll come back to this later.

For now, let's start with this. Don't quit your job before you start a business.

Let me elaborate, don't quit the job that serves as your primary source of income (i.e. how you can afford to live, eat, and have fun) without already having steady revenue and traction with your new project. Even if you have a nice cushion of savings set aside and plan on outsourcing most of your work or using sophisticated online business tools, that's just too much pressure for most people. The kind of pressure you don't want when you need to be mentally at your best.

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Now, to help better illustrate these steps to starting a business while working a full-time job, I teamed up with Brian Downard at BD Ventures to bring you this awesome infographic.

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10 Steps on How to Start a Business While Working a Full-Time Job.

1. Make the Commitment.

First and foremost, you need to ask yourself how bad you want this.

This will get difficult, it will strain your relationships, and you'll continually be forced to make tough decisions. In fact, if starting a business while working a full-time job is ever easy, you're probably not doing everything you should be doing or you're not trying hard enough. Growing a side business will be an incredibly challenging experience. It should be.

You need a set of ground rules in order to get started with your side hustle idea. Nothing worth achieving in life comes easy. Truly accept that and you are well on your way to becoming a successful entrepreneur. Are you ready to make meaningful sacrifices in order to turn your dream into a profitable business?

If so, then put your money where your mouth is. Write down a list of all the activities and commitments you have in your life with the amounts of time you devote to each during your week. Take note of the ones you can afford to lessen your involvement with, and let them know you are stepping back a bit to focus on a new project that means a lot to you. The more time you can free up, the quicker you'll be able to start seeing results.

Cut down on the easiest areas that have the least amount of friction first. This will vary for everyone, but it's probably time spent watching TV, playing video games, or surfing Facebook and Instagram.

The number of hours you sleep each night is often the first thing to get chopped down a bit. That's ok (and encouraged) as long as you're getting enough sleep to be on your A-game for everything that's important in your life. I call this opportunity management.

Here's an awesome article from LifeHacker on how to optimize your sleep schedule and get less of it. Mine is about 6.5 to 7.5 hrs/night, but I have friends that function well with less than 5 hrs/night. That figure is different for everyone, so test into finding your lowest sustainable number and be disciplined about sticking to it.

Know which time of day you're mentally at your best and make that the time you spend on starting your business. For me, both my critical thinking ability and creativity become pretty worthless after 10:00pm, so I prefer to get up at 4:15am and start early on my side business before heading off to work.

Be selfish and give your passion project the best part of your day.

2. Inventory Your Strengths and Interests.

Which skill sets are required to start your business?

Secondly, are you genuinely interested in this business concept or are you simply pursuing a money-making opportunity that doesn't have a deeper meaning?

I spent months putting together and rigorously testing my Skill Assessment Guide that I'm giving away to everyone who reads this post. You'll list out every asset & skill your business idea requires and map those needs to what you can or cannot do for yourself right now. It'll guide you toward discovering your entrepreneurial strengths and point you in the right direction moving forward.

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You likely possess at least some of the necessary skills to make your side business happen, but if you don't, you're now faced with a tough decision. Spend time learning a new skill or outsource to someone else who can help. There's no right or wrong answer, it depends solely upon your spending threshold, urgency, and desire (or lack thereof) to learn new skills and abilities.

Be honest with yourself. What are you good at? What are you great at? Where is there room for improvement? If you want to be successful in starting your business quickly, you need to maximize the time you spend on doing what you're great at, and work to outsource your weaknesses.

For me, I know that I can tell a good story through a blog post, email, or on social media and drive in web traffic. That's my basis for connecting with people here, so I focus on that ability. That's largely why I chose to start a freelance business as a freelance content marketer on the side of my day job--I already had the skills locked down.

I also know that I couldn't code a full website on my own to save my life. That's why I use WordPress with my simple projects and freelance out help from more talented experts for the things that require attention to detail & in-depth customization.

Here's a look at the first website I made back in 2009 as a Sophomore in college, try not to laugh too hard.

The iStash Website - How to Start and Grow your Business While Working 9-5

For the sake of keeping startup costs as low as possible, you're realistically going to need to learn some specific skills in order to pull off starting your own business. You should, however be constantly looking for and evaluating opportunities to outsource your weaknesses, if possible (more on that in #7).

3. Validate Your Business Idea Before Building Something Nobody Wants.

Want to get a firsthand look at my personal step-by-step process for how to validate a business idea? Read through my 30 Day Validation Challenge right here.

In a recent intensive study of 101 failed startups, published via Fortune Magazine on why startups fail according to their founders, the #1 reason most businesses fail is a lack of market need for their product (cited by over 42% of the failed companies). This really highlights the need to fully validate your idea and get honest feedback from potential customers before you start building, creating, and spending money.

In my detailed breakdown of why my first business failed, I chronicle exactly How to Create a Product Nobody Wants and Lose $6,537 in the process.

It's human nature to think that we're right and that our ideas are always amazing, hence the number of people who start a business each year. As entrepreneurs, we have a lot of pride when it comes to our work. Unfortunately, our business concepts and product ideas are often not fully thought out, useful, or even properly researched.

Coors Spring Water - How to Start and Grow Your Business While Working a Full Time Job by Ryan Robinson

Take the example of Coors Rocky Mountain Spring Water. This product line made sense from a manufacturer's point of view because they could utilize existing production capabilities, distribution networks, and strategic competencies.

However, this project from Coors flopped big time because they had already established their brand as an alcoholic beverage company for decades. The product was packaged similarly to their beer, and instead it just caused more consumer confusion than anything. They quickly pulled it from the shelves. If they would've fully vetted this idea and spent the time to get a lot of outside feedback from the community they've built around their products, the results would have pointed toward this being a loser.

There's an art and a science to objectively validating your business idea. It's easy to take off with an exciting new project in mind and work inside of your little bubble without ever involving anyone else for feedback during the process. When you emerge on the other side, you would be lucky to have created something that is received well in the marketplace (or even has a market).

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Keep that excitement you have. Channel it into a positive, calculated direction, and intelligently test your way into assumptions about your potential new business before jumping aboard and setting sail.

Nobody likes to fail, but the fear of failure is what's keeping you from achieving your goals.

I've failed plenty of times. Did I enjoy any of it? Of course not. But I learned a ton from every one of those experiences. They've been arguably better lessons than I've learned from my successes. What's important is that I'm no longer afraid to land flat on my face with a new project, when it's in the testing phase.

My first product, the iStash is a classic example of not truly validating a product idea before spending a ton of time and money on bringing it to life. Here's a picture, and you can read more about this colossal f* up here: How to Create a Product Nobody Wants and Lose $6,537.

The iStash: How to Not Lose $6537 and Create a Product Nobody Wants

Now, I use the marketing skills I've built to test the hell out of my business ideas before jumping in fully.

When I give a new business idea a few thorough tests, gather a statistically significant amount of objective feedback, and the results strongly point toward "Holy shit, don't do this one!" I by no means feel like a failure. I just learned early on that I need to either seriously alter my approach, or at the very worst, I just saved myself a ton of time, effort, and money. Don't be afraid to move onto the next one.

One of my favorite articles on this topic is titled "Why Quitting is for Winners." It explores an an in-depth, systematic approach by Productivity Expert, Bassam Tarazi, in which he advocates actively abandoning what doesn't work, and only focusing on the projects that map to positive results.

In my course, How to Start a Side Business While Working a Full-Time Job, I take a deep dive into how to easily validate your business idea before spending a ton of time working on it. You can join my Waiting List today.

4. Create Your Competitive Advantage (and What Makes Your Business Unique).

A competitive advantage is defined as your unique advantage that allows you as a business to generate greater sales or margins, and/or acquire & retain more customers than competitors. It's what makes your business, your business.

This can be in the form of your cost structure, product offering, distribution network, customer support, or elsewhere in the business. If you're going to start a business, it needs to be unique in some (ideally, several) ways. A competitive advantage is notbusiness slang and industry jargon commanding a knowledge of all the right that makes you sound like you know that you're talking about...

An example of a very powerful competitive advantage would be owning the exclusive rights to a brand new microprocessing chip that Apple is 100% going to need to include in every iPhone they build moving forward. Now, something like this is very rare. Apple hires some of the best & brightest in the world to cut down on the possibility of things like this happening, and they work with outside suppliers who can guarantee these things as well.

Know Your Competitive Advantage in Business Ryan Robinson

Your strongest competitive advantage may be your own personal skill set (your unique experience, storytelling ability, or industry knowledge), strategic relationships (you're best friends with the CEO of a potential first client who loves the first proof-of-concept for your product), or your personal brand that you've built. The strength of your competitive advantage will greatly affect your early results in learning to sell your product or service.

I challenge you to write down what it is that'll be your competitive advantage.

If you don't know yet, that's ok. This activity is meant to kickstart your entrepreneurial thinking and get you headed down the right path. Defining and continually building the strength of your competitive advantage(s) is an essential step in the process of starting, growing, and staying in business.

Most importantly, your advantage(s) will be built into everything you do. Your product, service, and outward messaging will all tell the world why they need your product or service. Developing your messaging strategy deserves its own post (coming soon).

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5. Set Detailed, Measurable, and Realistic Goals.

Now that you're developing a better understanding of your future business and what makes it unique, it's time to start making the real work happen.

Without setting attainable goals and realistic deadlines for yourself, you're going to spend a lot of time spinning your wheels. It's hard to get anywhere if you don't know exactly where you're going. In my experience, it works best to set daily, weekly, and monthly goals for myself. It helps me to stick with both the short term and long term objectives.

In the beginning, your daily goals are most likely small wins or to-do list type of items. I use the iPhone & Mac App, ToDo to handle run my daily schedule and track the small wins for my day. It allows you to physically check things off your list, which I really like - that has a strong psychological affect for me. Below is a screenshot.

Ryan Robinson ToDo App Screenshot - Productivity for Starting Your Own Business

Weekly goals are the more significant wins that likely can't be completed in just one morning or evening's worth of work. An example of a weekly goal would be finishing 2 solid blog posts designed to drive in traffic to check out your brand new product. Since there are a lot of different pieces that can go into the creation of a great blog post (images, links, statistics, free content downloads), this is a realistic weekly goal.

Monthly goals start to become big picture-focused. If you're trying to build pre-launch buzz for your product or service, a month 1 goal could be getting your first 100 email subscribers that are interested in learning more once you launch. Month 2 could then be to double or triple that list size, or to get your first working prototypes ready for user testing. This will vary greatly depending upon the type of business you're in.

The further out you start planning your goals and deadlines, the more difficult it will become to make them realistic. You start to depend on assumptions of progress in certain areas, or of things outside your control coming together by specific dates. It requires some flexibility (don't allow yourself to get overly stressed). Nevertheless, having these defined goals and dates set is what's going to keep you on track and moving forward.

6. Build a Road Map to Launch Date and Beyond.

How are you going to reach your goals? It's great to have a ton of awesome sounding milestones, but if you have no real plan on how you're going to hit those targets (and when), then you're really just hoping and wishing rather than putting in the hard work that's needed to create a business.

It's one thing to set your goals, and yet an entirely different activity to map out exactly how you're going to get to point B, C, D, and beyond. If you find yourself questioning how to make it to your milestones (this is natural - everyone experiences this feeling at some point), take the initiative to seek outside advice from friends, family, or personal mentors.

Be proactive. I recently interviewed serial entrepreneur and investor, Michele Romanow on my podcast, The Side Hustle Project—and she cites one of the biggest contributors to her success as her ability to clearly map her way to launch, foresee potential obstacles and create a plan of action for what needs to happen the day after their product is out in the world.

It's not easy, but nobody can do this for you. And you won't be able to do it all on your own, either.

Your ability to problem-solve and navigate around your obstacles will determine the level of success with your business.

Here's an example of mapping the route to achieving one my goals from #5 above. My daily goal on Monday is to finish all of the copy content for a blog post I'm planning on launching. The weekly goal that this maps to is pulling together the entire blog post, including all of the other assets like a free downloadable resource for anyone reading, beautifully designed images, links, and a well thought out keyword strategy that will make this post truly awesome.

Moving up to the monthly level, launching that blog post and seeding it out to friends, family, mentors, and the rest of my network is designed to get 100 initial supporters committed to buying my product once it has been fully produced. This is a proof-of-concept and tells me that there's a desire for that product in the marketplace. It's all very calculated and aligned.

Google Analytics Press Spike for the iStash

Plan as best as you can for the potential of press spikes, going viral, and needing to dedicate all of your free time to meeting demand if your product takes off all of a sudden.. it can happen!

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7. Outsource Your Weaknesses.

This one is all about focus. Look for opportunities to outsource every possible part of your business creation that you can. Obviously, you don't want someone else planning your goals, roadmap, or telling you 100% what your product or service should look like.

The point here is that you need to be doing what you do best. While it would be great if you could code your own website to test out your digital service idea, if you don't already command a knowledge of developing, you're looking at a few months of dedicated learning time just to get to the point where you'll be able to understand the basics.

I'm a huge advocate of utilizing skilled freelancers to help speed up and streamline my business processes. Websites like oDesk, Elance, PeoplePerHour, and Fiverr have become integral (and affordable) resources for me. If you want to learn more about leveraging these sites and which tasks you can (and should) be outsourcing today, check out my free Skill Assessment Guide.

An alternative to freelancers would be bringing in a partner, full-time employee, or part-time contractor who can complement your skills and abilities. When I got started with my last business, Case Escape, my partner Matt was an awesome complement to my abilities. He possessed a much stronger ability for personal selling than myself. Given the nature of that product, it took a lot of time on the phone and in-person meeting with potential clients. Because he was talented at this aspect of the business, it freed me up to work on scaling our digital content and bringing in targeted sales leads.

8. Actively Seek Objective Feedback.

Your goal is to build a product or service that provides value to people. It does no good to build something that nobody wants (I've done that).

One of the biggest luxuries you're afforded by deciding to start a business and test the viability of your new company before leaving your day job, is that you can take the time you need to talk to people in your community and get ample feedback.

This is a crucial step in evaluating any side business, because you have such a limited amount of free time to work with, that you don't want to waste it on something without a serious growth potential.

It's important that you seek unbiased, outside feedback to make sure you're building something that's actually marketable. Do this from day one and never stop. Your mom and close friends likely do not constitute 'unbiased' feedback.

To find your early feedback group, you want to target people that you know will give you only an honest opinion. Reach out to them personally. My go-to group consists of a handful of close entrepreneurial friends and a few mentors I regularly keep in touch with. From here, you can start to widen your scope for feedback and begin incorporating Facebook, LinkedIn Groups, Reddit, ProductHunt, GrowthHackers, and your local Starbucks.

My favorite tool to gather feedback (other than in-person conversations) is Survey Monkey, plus it's free.

Case Escape Survey Monkey - How to Start and Grow Your Business While Working a Full Time Job

Be careful to only share what you're ready to show the world, and always have a strategy when you post somewhere or reach out to someone. You may just wake up one morning and see your product on the homepage of your favorite website (that was a hell of a surprise).

I've found the most effective way to frame asking for feedback is to simply ask for help. People love helping others out, and if your request is kind & genuine, most people are willing to give a surprising amount of their time to help you in pursuing something you're clearly passionate about. Make their opinion feel extremely valued, and really reinforce just how much a few minutes of their time would mean to you.

9. Don't Blur the Line Between Work & Your Business.

It may seem tempting to create a "better version of   Your Company  ," but unless your employer missed some major lessons along the way, your contract probably clearly stipulates that you've agreed not to do, just that. Plus, that's just bad practice and it can (will) destroy a lot of relationships that could instead be very helpful for you one day.

I go into way more detail in my post about how to avoid getting fired (and sued) while starting a side business.

Know and fully understand the agreements you signed when you started your job. If you're under any non-compete clauses, assignment of invention clauses, or non-disclosure agreements, then it's best to consult your attorney for personalized advice on this matter. I recommend doing this no matter what.

Print out every contract you've signed and take it in to have it reviewed, it's definitely worth your time and resources. Fully disclose your proposed business idea, and your attorney will give you their opinion on if you're violating any of your agreements. Ask for guidance on how to stay safe moving forward.

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It may seem obvious, but don't work on your project during company time. You'll also need to refrain from using company resources on your personal project, no matter how tempting that may be. This includes not using your work computer, any online tools, software, subscriptions, notebooks, or seeking the assistance of other employees.

If a link is ever traced connecting your personal project to anything directly related to your job, you expose yourself to potential legal action. Just don't do it, and you'll have nothing to worry about.

You're also probably very friendly with some of your co-workers and one of them may even be your business partner in this new venture. It may seem natural to want to ask your co-workers or your boss what they think of this new project that you're working on, but I recommend treading very lightly on this subject.

10. Reach Critical Mass Before Quitting Your Job.

I can't emphasize this one enough. Don't quit your job right away.

"But I could get so much more done and get this launched next week if I could just dedicate all of my time to it, right?!" Not quite. Even if you could, you really don't want to. Here's why.

Don't get me wrong, I'm an advocate of only doing things that I'm passionate about, and doing those things with 100% of my energy. That being said, I'm willing to take my time in fully vetting an idea, discovering my target market, and testing that idea with them, before making the solo decision that "this must be great!"

Having the time to continue thinking things through and seeking the advice of others will greatly benefit your new business, rather than hurrying through everything with tunnel vision like you're in the middle of a giant adrenaline rush.. as fun as that sounds.

Even more importantly, unless you're working on a high-growth startup and can secure investor funding (or you're able to self-fund), you're realistically going to need some form of sustainable income before your new project is able to be that sole source of sustenance for you. This is where your job comes in for now—just check out how David and John, The Debt Free Guys prepped before launching into their own business full-time.

The last thing you need is the stress and strain of worrying about your cashflow early on while you're still trying to figure out how to hit the accelerator on your business. I've made that exact mistake, and in turn had to make some difficult sacrifices to keep the business alive and growing.

A few months into the start of my last company, Case Escape, my business partner Matt & I both quit our jobs to pursue growing our business full-time. While it was definitely liberating to quit our jobs, and exhilarating working for ourselves at 23, we were nowhere near reaching the point where our business could sustain the lifestyles we wanted to live. Oh, to be young and naive.

Ryan Robinson and Matt Feldman Case Escape at ASD Las Vegas Trade Show

Our product was awesome, and Matt's still doing really well with the business on his own, but it took us much longer to find our core business model after a couple of pivots, and gain traction with the new direction. To make a long story short, we both moved from picturesque Newport Beach back to our respective hometowns (on complete opposite sides of the country) to cut down on expenses and grow the business remotely. I talk more about that experience in my interview with entrepreneur John Mattone right here.

I started doing freelance digital marketing & consulting to help supplement my income, and Matt did the same with his former career. As you can see, this move definitely slowed our progress, and as a consequence took us longer to scale the business. By no means do I regret the decision since I learned a lot from it, but you can see why I'm so adamant about gaining traction before quitting your 9-5.

Starting your business while working a full-time job will undoubtedly be difficult, but it's doable. There are as many paths to becoming a successful entrepreneur as there are businessmen in this world. Take these steps into account and you'll be well on your way to being your own boss. Imagine that awesome feeling.

Are you thinking of starting a side business? Join my course, The Launch Formula to get the tools, tips, and strategies that'll help you skip a lot of these hard lessons on your own - and guide you through my process of starting a business without wasting a ton of time & resources.

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About The Author

Ryan Robinson

Entrepreneur, writer, and content marketer. Join me here, on ryrob.com and learn how to start a business while working full-time. Follow me on Twitter.


  • Ryan Robinson

    Reply Reply September 11, 2015

    Thanks for the heads up, Seagren! Just got in touch with her. Great content always attracts some people wanting to “repurpose” liberally 🙂

  • iris samble

    Reply Reply October 9, 2015

    thanks Ryan Robinson for sharing this helpful article . I rally appreciate your work. God bless you buddy 🙂

  • Sheryl Miller

    Reply Reply October 23, 2015

    Ryan, Thank you so much for this article.

    Really good, practical advice. I am currently in the middle of trying to launch while working full time so I will add these steps to my checklist!

    The one area I feel I am missing is getting some expert advice/mentoring from someone in the market I’m trying to serve. Any tips on how to go about finding that without random, stalker-like cold call emails/tweets?


    • Ryan Robinson

      Reply Reply October 23, 2015

      I’m glad to hear it!

      I think you’ll find that you may be pleasantly surprised by cold emailing people you respect within your industry. Most people absolutely love helping others, and dedicate time to do just that. I know I spend at least a few hours each week, answering emails and speaking with other entrepreneurs looking for some direction with their business concepts. It’s mutually beneficial, really – I get to learn something with every interaction, and many others feel the same way about responding to cold reach outs.

      Just be sure to do your homework before reaching out, so that you have realistic expectations on if/when they’ll get back to you, and make your ask very clear, concise, and to the point.

      What side business are you working on right now?

  • Sheryl Miller

    Reply Reply October 23, 2015

    Wow that was fast! 🙂

    I’m combining my accountancy and business mentoring background to provide a one stop shop of set up and back office services to b2c startups.

    I think there is a need based on experience of working with my young creative businesses in particular. And so far it has had good feedback, but I now need to test the products/service and very importantly, the price point and volumes needed to make this viable.

    Lots of operational challenges to work through including why web developers don’t like using templates?!? 🙂

  • Sipho Shongwe

    Reply Reply December 11, 2015

    Wow, thanks Ryan! I am a university lecturer and has interest in starting an intensive organic farming venture. I already have secured a small farm holding. My challenge is time management, technical know-how and the business side of the things.

  • nansamba daphine

    Reply Reply February 15, 2016

    i just all ur content ryan it makes me discover the ability in me that a had never given much attention………am yet to figure out my competitive advantage thanx alot

  • David

    Reply Reply February 19, 2016

    Great article Ryan. Thanks for the Twitter follow. I am hoping to go full-time with my image and brand consulting business but I need to think about how to scale it and test some ideas I have, such as putting on a conference.

    • Ryan Robinson

      Reply Reply February 19, 2016

      Thanks, David! One thing you already have going is that your site is very clean, and does a good job of communicating your personal brand image (step one of being trustworthy in your space, I’d imagine). So far with your business, how have you found the clients you’d call your “best”?

  • Jason Quey

    Reply Reply March 9, 2016

    Great advice in here Ryan.

    On point 6, I found this article helpful to help me try to estimate growth – http://techcrunch.com/2015/08/12/youre-still-modeling-growth-wrong/

    I’m doing much of the same for my web hosting startup, Decibite. Our USP is “web hosting optimized for traffic and conversions.” Starting off, we’re giving away free VPS hosting to marketers and getting feedback from them (if you are interested, more than happy to hook you up :)). Then starting to scale from there with those partnerships.

    Both my co-founder and I are doing this while working 50-60 hours/week too 🙂

    • Ryan Robinson

      Reply Reply March 10, 2016

      Awesome share, I love that piece of Noah’s.

      The side hustle is very appropriately named a hustle. Looking forward to seeing how it goes with Decibite, definitely keep me posted on how it progresses. It has to be a very competitive space you’re breaking into. I’d say my biggest question for you in regard to Decibite (hurdle I’d foresee for you) would be how do you guys plan to present yourselves as better than say, a WP Engine (who I use) for your target demo. Feel free to shoot me an email if you’d like!

  • steve

    Reply Reply March 31, 2016

    I am an electrician, working all the hours in the world and i want to start my own company. For the past year i have started work at 6am and i dont get home untill 10pm-11pm as i have work after work if that makes sense. What steps can i take to step up my own company while im still working for another electrical company and not get taxed through the roof? Ive had a few ideas but id like your advice seeing as your my age and have done so well. Ideally id like to speak to you direct is this an option?

    • Ryan Robinson

      Reply Reply March 31, 2016

      Sure, shoot me an email at ryan@ryrob.com and we can connect. Essentially, the answer to this question always comes down to how you utilize your finite amount of time. So, which responsibilities can you either leave behind or lessen your involvement in (at least in the short term). You need to examine why you’re spending 12+hrs at work every day, and if there’s any way to avoid that – bear in mind that could be getting another job if the current one isn’t a good fit for allowing you to start your own business in your free time. This problem needs to be approached with an extremely open mind, everything is on the table. Looking forward to chatting!

  • Ross

    Reply Reply April 9, 2016

    Great post man. Very detailed and motovational, and not scared to give a few personal tips such as A/B Testing etc. Thanks again

  • Doc Prinsloo

    Reply Reply April 29, 2016

    Tx Ryan. I resonate with so many of your ideas. Just turned 60 and contemplating a new business again..just closing one down that has died after seven years but still have another one chugging along. Its hard to leave structured work with montlhy pay checks and run a smal business but can be done.. it is what I have doing for fifteen years now and cannot see myself stopping. Network and good product works every time so far.

  • Luice Edward

    Reply Reply May 31, 2016

    Dear Ryan

    My professional is hospital industrial and i’m hired in one of Local Tour & Travel Company here in Tanzania. But am always thinks of what to do apart of it>

    Would Kindly advise me what should to do at this time relying on related professional work/business

    thanks in advance
    Luice Edward

  • Luice Edward

    Reply Reply May 31, 2016

    My professional is hospitality industrial and i’m hired in one of Local Tour & Travel Company here in Tanzania. But am always thinking of what to do apart of i/supplement work.

    Would Kindly advise me what should i do at this time relying on related professional work/business

    thanks in advance
    Luice Edward

  • Mary Joy

    Reply Reply June 9, 2016

    Big hands for this article. Thank you for giving another vitamins that will surely strengthen my mind, my mindset, ideas and so on. I’m pleasing you to keep on sending articles on my email. Please catch me up. Thanks !

  • rogerfarmer06

    Reply Reply July 23, 2016

    Hi ryan robinson,

    Excellent 10 steps to start a new business while working a full time job. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this article. It is very informative. Thank you so much for addressing this topic. Keep update a good article like this….

  • William

    Reply Reply September 16, 2016

    Awesome tips Ryan! Especially I like number 7 – Outsource everything you can, this is a great advice, and also tip #10 is very important: Don’t quit your daily job before reaching critical mass.

  • Orhue Guobadia

    Reply Reply September 17, 2016

    Thanks Ryan for this insightful and very practical article.
    Aside from the knowledge gained just by reading, I am encouraged to continue to build my business while I maintain my full time job.
    I have registered my name as part of the waiting list and I look forward to the session.

  • Brian Downard

    Reply Reply October 28, 2016

    Thanks for teaming up with me to create the EPIC infographic for this EPIC article. Tons of valuable advice I wish I had when I started my first business. You’re the man Ryan! Keep up the great work.

  • Khrystyna K

    Reply Reply November 29, 2016

    That is very usefull info, thank you for sharing!

  • arava

    Reply Reply December 23, 2016

    very nice article to read, good point.
    recently i started to work from home using services like koocam and more.
    and i will definitely apply some of those tips u provided.
    thank for useful tips.

  • Asad Zaman

    Reply Reply January 27, 2017

    Wow, this helped a bunch! As a blogging newbie, there’s a barrage of info and it’s difficult to decipher which would benefit me the most. And since I love your blog and it’s pretty successful, I’ll trust your advice haha Keep it up!

  • Dwayne Graves

    Reply Reply February 9, 2017

    Interesting article and full of creative ideas. Thank you for sharing the article.

  • nimish saxena

    Reply Reply February 14, 2017

    very nice article ..this article will improve enterprenur skills. and find out the ways how to startup in bussiness and deal with problems. and “quotes” do motivate to achieve our target.

  • Hello Dear, are you really visiting this site regularly, if so then you will absolutely take nice know-how.

  • monu

    Reply Reply February 27, 2017

    Awesome ideas, on this site for create a own business

  • Gaurav Sharma

    Reply Reply May 27, 2017

    thanks for the tips. i recently start working full time as blogger.

  • Miroslav Konstantinovic

    Reply Reply June 2, 2017

    Hi Ryan Robinson,

    I like your post very much. It’s so helpful to us young (and not so young, since I’m 43) want-to-be, or starting-to-be, entrepreneurs. Definitely a kind of to go back to several times to freshen up on the important business strategies. I’m also going to read your “30 days strategy to validate an idea” post because this part of the business I’m trying to get off the ground is one I don’t yet really know how to do it properly. And, don’t want to outsource it to others because I need to fully understand my potential market. Validating an idea (and marketing it effectively, in which validating takes a big part and is closely in relation to) isn’t my strongest suite (I’m a professor of mathematics and physics in middle school – 5th to 8th/9th grade), but have to learn how to do it myself – the business depends on it and me.

    Anyway, the business I’m trying to get it off is providing education on fundamental sciences (mathematics, physics, chemistry, and biology), plus advanced cyber security skills and advancements in engineering sciences, in virtual reality (VR) environment. The approach to these teachings will also be very different than the traditional schools are practicing. I know there’s market for this, and the future of teaching these fields lies in the VR technology. What’s your opinion on this? How should I go about to bring it closer to the potential market (which is primary and secondary pupils and college students)? I probably could pre-sell the memberships to the service, right? But, where to find them, and I’m thinking here to get them online? I know that have to outsource VR app developers and goggles suppliers, but aside that, what else would I need?

    Looking forward to your best response. and, thank you for your time.

    All the best

    Miroslav Konstantinovic

  • Tarun Raj Singh

    Reply Reply August 28, 2017

    Hi there Ryan,

    Great work and thank you for your effort. I believe this that when you’re working full time then it does become a bit difficult to concentrate on your side-gig. Getting tired and only able to give a limited amount of time will definitely take their toll on any person. I was wondering the same thing but then I also believe in “how badly do you want to work for yourself and not for others”. Also, it is good to have a full-time job until you start making a good revenue from your business. Having that cash flow gives a sense of security. At the same time, you’d be able to invest some of that money in on your business.

    Once again, great work….

  • Andeywala

    Reply Reply August 29, 2017

    Thanks for sharing post.

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  • sd

    Reply Reply August 31, 2017

    Awesome tips to know about!

  • MD Rasel Khan

    Reply Reply November 15, 2017

    thanks a lot for this best idea. its really great resources

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