It can be frustrating spending the whole day doing something that pays your salary but doesn’t bring you the fulfilment and freedom you’d like to have. It is a difficult situation which our parent’s generation probably never had, but times had changed, and here we are now — ambitious and driven Millennials who expect more than the paycheck at the end of the month/week.
I have to admit that I spent a lot of time being less motivated and high frustrated and distracted at work, and this always ended up with stress. In my job, that means I was sitting long evening at the computer and producing drawings, specifications and endless lists of windows and doors, tiles, wall, lights in the very last minute. The results were two: at days like this, I hated not only my job but my profession; and the documents that were produced were not 100% correct.
And this is my main point: if you want to save time and feel good at your corporate job do your best work.
1. Delivering best results will make your boss happy
Ok, you don’t want to spend your entire life in this company, but right now this job pays your living.
Let’s start with a focus on the positive things about your current situation – probably you get well on with your colleagues, or you have nice and exciting clients. Probably you have plenty of responsibility and a boss who trust you. Instead of daydreaming about your business, bring your focus to the good parts of your corporate jobs and complete your tasks.
Your boss wants to see the work done. She or he runs this company or is on the career path there and want to move fast ahead. So they want results, and they want them from you. Now.
It is pointless to complain, have a bad mood or even worst not doing the job. It is frustrating for you, and it doesn’t help your position at this company. Instead of that do what you are asked for and enjoy the fact that you have a regular salary and you can spend your free-time with your side-hustle without financial worries.
2. Doing your best work prevent you from doing it twice
This one goes to the example I described above: rushing before the deadlines overtired and stressed you are not going to achieve the best results. That means the next day, or later on, you’d need to correct the mistakes and do the work partly or entirely once again. You would potentially need to stay longer at work to finish. That means frustration and losing time for your own business. You don’t need this now.
Do your job excellent, go home on time, have a short break and then work on your side project. Use your time wisely and enjoy it.
3. Be an excellent employer, and you can ask for more
This last point is my favourite one. Let’s say you were running your side-hustle for a while now and in the same time you’ve always been an excellent employee. Now your business is taking off, you need more time to do work for it, probably even time to call potential client. The last one doesn’t work well in the evening. So you can go to your boss and ask her/him for some flexible working times. Or even more – you can ask working part-time to have more time for your project.
That can be a tough conversation thinking about a potential conflict of interests if you stay in the same industry or a moonlight clause in your contract or just a director who doesn’t like the idea.
Make sure you are backed up, think all the options through, get some advice, legal and on the way to communicate this issue. It is a sensitive issue, and it needs to be handled carefully.
Directors are scared most of two things: to lose their clients and to lose their best employees.
To manage the first problem it is important, to be honest. If you are heading off on your own in the same industry, I hope you have chosen another niche. If not, it could help to name a few clients who you won independently of your current position. Probably you can offer your company a deal or a synergy so that they can have some profit from your connections too.
In the case of the best employees – this is sad and great appreciation, but life happens, and people move on. Have a suggestion for your boss how you can tackle your counted time in the company. You can surely support them finding someone new for your position. Be honest with her/him and make sure she/he won’t feel let down. This person could be your best marketing resource at the beginning – take care of her/him.
As you can see there is plenty of stuff you can learn from your current position, so use it!
All the best,