How to Start an Online Business While Working Full-Time

Most of us are working a traditional 9-5 job or something along those lines. I’m sure we’re sick of it and want to become our own boss, but unfortunately we can’t just leave, regardless of how badly we want to.

The reason why I decided to write this post is that I’m now one of the people who is working full-time (10 AM – 10 PM, Monday-Saturday) and working on my online business during the spare time I have left.

At first, it will seem overwhelming and exhausting, but later, you’ll get used to it, because this type of daily schedule becomes some sort of routine.

In this post, you will learn how to start and run an online business while working your full-time job.

Plan Out Your Day and Week

Yes, most of our time and energy are eaten by your job, but there is still some time and energy left for your business. You just need to know how to plan your day, so that you can accomplish all the goals that you set yourself. This is also known as time management.

Instead of watching Netflix, partying, or going to the bar, dedicate your free time to your online business.

Set up a schedule that works best for you. If you’re a morning bird, start getting up a bit earlier to spend an hour or two on building your passive income stream, your business. If you’re a night owl like me, don’t blow the remainder of your day watching TV, Netflix or cat videos on YouTube (I’m sick of these, to be honest), but save it for your online gig.

It is also important to plan what tasks are you going to do on a certain day. For instance, on Monday you’re going to write a blog post, on Tuesday you’re going to write a new newsletter for your followers, and Wednesday you’re going to launch a marketing campaign, etc.

Take Baby Steps

We all want to achieve success and start making profit as soon as possible, no doubt. However, the key point here is to be patient.

The best thing to do here is to break down your huge goals into smaller goals. Are you planning to grow traffic to 10000 followers/readers? First aim for 500. Once you reach this, aim for 1000, and then for 2000, and so on until you reach your goal.

Is your goal to make $10000 per month? Same rule applies here. Start with a smaller goal such as $500 and build upon that.

Linking back to time management, you can create yourself certain tasks for the day or the week to get you where you want to be. For example, on Day/Week 1, you write a blog post (or a few of them) and on Day/Week 2 you write a couple of newsletters for your followers.

Give Yourself Some Breaks

Unfortunately (or luckily), we’re not robots and cannot work 24/7. To make sure you have enough energy to work on your business, you definitely need some breaks.

We all know that sleep is important to us so we can be productive throughout the day. Be sure to get enough of it, at least 6 hours per night.

It is also very important to pend some time people that are close to you such as your family, friends, or your significant other.

Also, I would strongly recommend you to do something close to sports and fitness such as going to the gym or for a bike ride to relive stress.

Personally, I’m a fan of both and find these to be great ways to relax.

Use Your Money Wisely

Unfortunately, we all have some temptations, be it delicious food, fancy clothes, devices, etc.

I have those as well, and I admit to that.

My key point here is that we must not to submit to our temptations; they are just money wasters.

If you have any leftover money after you’ve paid your bills for the month, use it as a capital for your business. Maybe you’re getting your Shopify store running or running a social media marketing campaign. Use your leftover money for the tasks just like that.

To make sure you’re spending your money the right way, create a spreadsheet of your expenses, including your business expenses. This way, not only you will be able to spend your money wisely (bills and basic needs), but also choose your business expenses wisely, depending on your goals or circumstances.

Keep on Moving Until You Start Making Profit

As I said earlier, business ventures are marathons and a half. You will spend time just building your business while making no revenue.

Having that said, keep your regular job until you start making a solid profit that will help you support yourself (and your family).

Once your profit beats your monthly income from your regular job or is greater than all your monthly bills and basic expenses (food and clothing) combined, you can finally enter what I call the first level of financial freedom; you can ditch your job, turn your business into a full-time gig and never depend on a paycheck anymore.

Don’t Give Up

Entrepreneurial ventures are roller coasters; you will run into euphoric ups and devastating downs. Sometimes these downs may be so devastating that you may start considering quitting.

However, I’m not trying to discourage you, but to prepare you mentally for your business ventures. Whatever hardships you will face, whatever slumps you will hit, you must not give up. You must find constantly remind yourself why are you working on your business.

I’ve hit many slumps during my entrepreneurial venture so far. Even though I felt a bit dejected, I had and have no plans to give up. I have a dream. A few dreams, in fact. And these dreams are big.

I’m sure you have at least one dream that made you want to start your online business. Hence, I strongly recommend you to constantly remind yourself of that dream.


These were some tips on starting and getting your online business off the ground while working a traditional 9-5 job. Doing both things at the same time requires discipline. This discipline requires determination and intrinsic motivation.

Are you also building your steam of passive income while working full-time? Or maybe you have some questions? Feel free to leave your questions or thoughts in the comment section below. I’ll be there to help you. 🙂





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8 Replies to “How to Start an Online Business While Working Full-Time”

  1. What a great article well written and this is a must read for all starting an online business and having to still work a full time job. Your information on balance is top notch.
    My favorite part of this article is the don’t give up. People tend to want to walk away when they are not getting instant results and get the why am I doing this and the feeling of I’m even more exhausted. Again a great article.
    Thank you,

    1. Hey David!

      Unfortunately, there are many people who cannot deal with the amount of stress and hard work when it comes to working on your business and holding a regular job at the same time. So, they just settle back to mediocre life, getting complacent, yet still complaining about how miserable their life is.

      So, never give up on your dreams! Your dreams and your desire to make them come true must be stronger than your self-doubts, distractions, stress, exhaustions, and other stuff that may get on your way.



  2. I love this article, it is very practical ! Not long ago I was in this situation but I made it a point to seek a part time job so that I could focus more on my business. I say hats off to you because I did not work as many hours as you do even with my previous full time job. So keep going, you are doing a fine job ! I can see this being very helpful for others out there with the same struggle.

    1. Hi Serina!

      Thanks a lot for your feedback! 🙂

      The reason why decided to write this post is because I’m in this situation right now. I’m working for 48-60 hours a week, so I only get around 3 hours per day after work to write new posts, which really hurts my publishing frequency.

      I will keep doing everything I can to deliver high-quality content as often as I can.



  3. What a great post! I am right there with you, and I needed to read this. I’m working on my online business as well as working 40-50 hours a week. It’s very straining on me. All I think about while I’m at work is how I don’t want to be here, I want to be home working on my site. So here I am, sitting at work working on my site in between my job.

    I need to get my time management together. I’m still working on this part lol.

    Thank you again,

    1. Hey Sabrina!

      I’m actually in the same boat regarding time management, but it’s really important thing. For example, no matter how badly I want to watch some movie, I still push myself to get some work on my business. I actually get some sense of accomplishment after I did what I needed for the day.

      Keep working on time management part. You’ve got your goals and dream, so I know you can master time management. 🙂

      P.S. I work 48-60 hours a week.


  4. Hi!

    I find it really challenging to build my own online business while working full-time.

    I only have few hours per day to work on my website and to create content.

    Nevertheless, I feel really passionate about it and the idea of earning a full income with my own business pushes me forward.

    I go step-by-step and celebrate every little milestone I take. It’s important to take some breaks, as you mentioned in your post, and to reflect about what was done.

    Your last point is probably the most important one: Don’t give up. It takes time to build an own business online. But it is worth it! =)


    1. Hi Mia!

      I’m really in the same boat as you are right now. After I come back from work, I only have around 3 hours to work on my business. Sometimes I force myself to stay up till 2AM, because I have huge dreams and huge plans for my life.

      Keep working towards your dreams and goals! You’re on the right track! 🙂


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