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5 Benefits of Starting a Small Side Business

5 Benefits of Starting a Small Side Business

Entrepreneurship: a word I simultaneously adore and despise. As someone with aspirations to one day start a successful company, the idea of growing a fledgling business into a powerful corporation is exciting. Others would shun my dream scenario in favor of a stable job that puts food on the table. Neither path beats out the other. It all depends on what someone wants in life.

So, why are so many online entrepreneurs yelling from the rooftops about how it’s stupid to stay in a job and that everyone should quit the 9-to-5 and dive into a business full time? That’s not only an overgeneralization, it’s a limiting mindset. Entrepreneurship is not just for the likes of Elon Musk, Mark Zuckerberg, or Reid Hoffman. You can easily flex your entrepreneurial muscle while working full time with a small side business. In fact, I recommend that you try it at least once. Not only will it be a rewarding experience, but there are many benefits that will help you in your career, or even open up a new one.

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1. Tax Advantages

You can write off many purchases as business expenses, including home office space, office supplies, furniture — even business miles driven. If you detest handing your hard-earned cash over to Uncle Sam (I’ve yet to meet anyone who doesn’t!), you should be running to get your LLC.

2. Side Revenue Stream

The average “non-employer” (one-person) business has revenues of more than $40,000 a year. Even if only $10,000 was profit, that would mean more than $300 a month in your pocket. And remember, $10,000 is the average, not the limit. Nothing is stopping your business from bringing home far more. What would you do with an extra $300, $600, even $1000 a month (that’s Chipotle every day for me!)?

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3. More Control

The average millionaire has seven revenue streams. If one disappears, that millionaire has six others to bank on. A side business gives you an additional source of income that not only puts more money in your pocket, it gives you more control over your life. The second revenue stream means that your job no longer owns you. You can decide to quit your job and scale your company. You won’t be (too) upset when your boss doesn’t give you that raise. You won’t complain when your lazy coworker gets the promotion over you. Why? Because your job isn’t your everything. At home, you’re nurturing a business that’s earning you hundreds, even thousands, a month.

4. Experience to Add to your Resume

If your side business is successful, you can add the experience of running it to your resume. That can easily distinguish you from other candidates who just have MBAs or standard managerial experience. Personally, I’d rather hire a high school dropout with real business experience and success over a Harvard MBA with nothing.

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5. Increased Happiness

When it comes to happiness, 77% of business owners are happier than the average worker, while 52% of American workers are unhappy with their jobs. You may be of the 48% in love with their work, so enjoy the benefits of being an employee and a business owner. If you hate your job, the side biz is an opportunity to escape the daily grind and maybe even replace it. Take the chance — you have nothing to lose.

You don’t need to launch some super-sophisticated tech startup to become an entrepreneur. Running a company alongside your full-time job is not only viable, but advantageous. I’ve already listed out the benefits. Now, you need to take the next steps. So launch the blog, open that eCommerce store, make a freelance business with your skills — just start your own side business and enjoy the control and freedom it brings.

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Last Updated on March 29, 2021

5 Types of Horrible Bosses and How to Beat Them All

5 Types of Horrible Bosses and How to Beat Them All

When I left university I took a job immediately, I had been lucky as I had spent a year earning almost nothing as an intern so I was offered a role. On my first day I found that I had not been allocated a desk, there was no one to greet me so I was left for some hours ignored. I happened to snipe about this to another employee at the coffee machine two things happened. The first was that the person I had complained to was my new manager’s wife, and the second was, in his own words, ‘that he would come down on me like a ton of bricks if I crossed him…’

What a great start to a job! I had moved to a new city, and had been at work for less than a morning when I had my first run in with the first style of bad manager. I didn’t stay long enough to find out what Mr Agressive would do next. Bad managers are a major issue. Research from Approved Index shows that more than four in ten employees (42%) state that they have previously quit a job because of a bad manager.

The Dream Type Of Manager

My best manager was a total opposite. A man who had been the head of the UK tax system and was working his retirement running a company I was a very junior and green employee for. I made a stupid mistake, one which cost a lot of time and money and I felt I was going to be sacked without doubt.

I was nervous, beating myself up about what I had done, what would happen. At the end of the day I was called to his office, he had made me wait and I had spent that day talking to other employees, trying to understand where I had gone wrong. It had been a simple mistyped line of code which sent a massive print job out totally wrong. I learn how I should have done it and I fretted.

My boss asked me to step into his office, he asked me to sit down. “Do you know what you did?” I babbled, yes, I had been stupid, I had not double-checked or asked for advice when I was doing something I had not really understood. It was totally my fault. He paused. “Will you do that again?” Of course I told him I would not, I would always double check, ask for help and not try to be so clever when I was not!

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“Okay…”

That was it. I paused and asked, should I clear my desk. He smiled. “You have learnt a valuable lesson, I can be sure that you will never make a mistake like that again. Why would I want to get rid of an employee who knows that?”

I stayed with that company for many years, the way I was treated was a real object lesson in good management. Sadly, far too many poor managers exist out there.

The Complete Catalogue of Bad Managers

The Bully

My first boss fitted into the classic bully class. This is so often the ‘old school’ management by power style. I encountered this style again in the retail sector where one manager felt the only way to get the best from staff was to bawl and yell.

However, like so many bullies you will often find that this can be someone who either knows no better or is under stress and they are themselves running scared of the situation they have found themselves in.

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The Invisible Boss

This can either present itself as management from afar (usually the golf course or ‘important meetings) or just a boss who is too busy being important to deal with their staff.

It can feel refreshing as you will often have almost total freedom with your manager taking little or no interest in your activities, however you will soon find that you also lack the support that a good manager will provide. Without direction you may feel you are doing well just to find that you are not delivering against expectations you were not told about and suddenly it is all your fault.

The Micro Manager

The frustration of having a manager who feels the need to be involved in everything you do. The polar opposite to the Invisible Boss you will feel that there is no trust in your work as they will want to meddle in everything you do.

Dealing with the micro-manager can be difficult. Often their management style comes from their own insecurity. You can try confronting them, tell them that you can do your job however in many cases this will not succeed and can in fact make things worse.

The Over Promoted Boss

The Over promoted boss categorises someone who has no idea. They have found themselves in a management position through service, family or some corporate mystery. They are people who are not only highly unqualified to be managers they will generally be unable to do even your job.

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You can find yourself persistently frustrated by the situation you are in, however it can seem impossible to get out without handing over your resignation.

The Credit Stealer

The credit stealer is the boss who will never publically acknowledge the work you do. You will put in the extra hours working on a project and you know that, in the ‘big meeting’ it will be your credit stealing boss who will take all of the credit!

Again it is demoralising, you see all of the credit for your labour being stolen and this can often lead to good employees looking for new careers.

3 Essential Ways to Work (Cope) with Bad Managers

Whatever type of bad boss you have there are certain things that you can do to ensure that you get the recognition and protection you require to not only remain sane but to also build your career.

1. Keep evidence

Whether it is incidents with the bully or examples of projects you have completed with the credit stealer you will always be well served to keep notes and supporting evidence for projects you are working on.

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Buy your own notebook and ensure that you are always making notes, it becomes a habit and a very useful one as you have a constant reminder as well as somewhere to explore ideas.

Importantly, if you do have to go to HR or stand-up for yourself you will have clear records! Also, don’t always trust that corporate servers or emails will always be available or not tampered with. Keep your own content.

2. Hold regular meetings

Ensure that you make time for regular meetings with your boss. This is especially useful for the over-promoted or the invisible boss to allow you to ‘manage upwards’. Take charge where you can to set your objectives and use these meetings to set clear objectives and document the status of your work.

3. Stand your ground, but be ready to jump…

Remember that you don’t have to put up with poor management. If you have issues you should face them with your boss, maybe they do not know that they are coming across in a bad way.

However, be ready to recognise if the situation is not going to change. If that is the case, keep your head down and get working on polishing your CV! If it isn’t working, there will be something better out there for you!

Good luck!

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