Truth be told, using the time that you're compensated for, on your own personal business, will do you no favors. It's unethical, unprofessional, and will likely breach the terms of your employment contract. What's more is that it often contributes to a decline in performance in the workplace, which can raise negative concerns about your ability to be an effective employee.
One of the main reasons I left my last job was because I felt I was getting more emotionally attached to BB Buzz than I was to my paid job. The briefs were coming in from my side hustle (BB Buzz) but I was just too busy to attend to them fully. And often times when I get back home to take stock of the day, I would feel very sad for not attending those meetings. Then I knew there was a problem.
I personally feel it is very wrong to use your employer's provision of a work station, internet, laptop, pool car and cash as your tools for running your side hustle.
For example, if you're planning on branching out to start your own building construction company, you should not be using tools and other resources that have been paid for by your current employer. Even if they're tools you regularly use at work, that doesn't give you a pass to use them on your personal business.
In fact, you need to do the exact opposite. I recommend purchasing, renting, or borrowing everything you need to start your side business, and documenting the fact that you did, indeed source those items elsewhere if there's any crossover in the tools you use at your day job. This can be as simple as holding onto receipts and getting email documentation of borrowing items from friends.
If you musk know, using your employer's resources is dangerous because you wont be able to test the capacity and strength of the side hustle to generate income. I had started making consistent money from BB Buzz for atleast a year before I resigned my 9 to 5. So I was sure of it's potent capability as a source of livelihood.
One of the key reasons, start-ups die within their first three years of existence is because the 'idea' was never tested as a 'money-making activity". See, business is fundamentally about making money, if it has not made money for you yet, then it's still an idea that you are testing.
But that's the beauty of a side hustle, it's gives you the leverage to test the viability of that idea while you are still under paid employment. Side hustle gives you the opportunity to get the 'needed knowledge' that will create a demand for your service.
So once you've confirmed that this 'idea' can pay your bills then you need to decide whether you want to remain an employee or you want to become a full time entrepreneur.
You have to be fair, you must consider your employer at this stage. If your side hustle conflicts with the interest of the one who pays your salary, it's imperative you start having an exit strategy that MUST favour your employer in the short term.
But with whatever decision you decide to go with, don't burn bridges with your SIDE HUSTLE!
......Do have a great week everyone!
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