8 Things you can do on the Job while preparing to Start your Own Business

Using your job skills to start a business is a great way to pass some time at work if you really hate your Job. On the other hand, if you love your job you are going to be even happier to get there everyday.  Your reason for going to work will not be just to get the job done but rather to empower yourself for the next leg of your journey.  Here are 8 things you can do on the Job to Build Your Own Business.

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1. Volunteer to be Mentored

Starting a business means you are taking responsibility for knowing more than your customers. There’s always that one person at every job that loves to teach. It’s not hard to find that person in your workplace. 

Reach out to the teachers in your workplace and volunteer to be mentored. Teachers love to teach so be a willing student. This is going to be especially valuable to you in the future. Make a list of questions you want to ask and start asking.

There are absolutely no tricks here. The more you learn the more beneficial you will be to your current employer. Be inquisitive especially in the areas that you want to be of value to your customers. 

You will notice that as you become a better learner, you will have a greater desire to be present at work and you will become a better employee. This is a great place to be as the future CEO of your business. You need to become that which you will require of your future employees. 

The goal here is not to steal a business idea from your employer. It’s more about putting yourself in a better place mentally and emotionally to become successful. If asked by your employer, don’t be afraid to let them know that you have a goal to start a business.  The details you do not have to divulge but don’t be deceptive.

2. Listen To The Customers

Every business operates on the premise that satisfied customers will become repeat customers. Get in the habit of listening attentively to what the customers are saying.  This will give you some insight into what needs exist that your company doesn’t currently meet.

Can you see how helpful that this could be for you? It is a blessing being able to get all this information for free. You are sitting on gold and don’t even know it. 

Building your business based on known customer needs is already putting you in a winning position.  Use the information you get to create a product or service that meet these needs and provides great value to your potential customers.

3. Make Connections

When you desire to start a business, there has to be a mental shift. 

You have to create new habits and routines. Things that were once insignificant will take on new significance. All the time you previously wasted during commute to and from work as well as during lunch break will now be filled with activity.

Read this post about how you can get an extra 3 hours back into your day to build your business even if you are very busy. 

Break time equals your time. Capitalize on this time away from the desk, from the kids and do something of value to the business you want to start. Get on social media and find out where your potential clients hang out. Get in connection with successful business owners who have accomplished what you want to achieve and see how you can learn from them. 

4. Create a List of Potential Partners

Starting a business using your Job skills may take a bit of time to get off the ground. In the mean time, it is a good idea to partner with individuals or companies that have products and services that are compatible with the one you are trying to create. 

A great way to start is through affiliate marketing. This will give you a glimpse into what it wakes to operate a business successfully. Use this as practice for what you will do in your own business.

Create a list of products and services that complement yours and start offering them for sale online or offline. Its a win win situation. This will give you a stream of income while you build what you really desire. 

Creating this list is not at all time consuming. If you are a pen and notepad type, have your list accessible at all times so that you can jot down ideas as soon as they come to mind. 

5. Make Business Decisions

As you think about your business you will be making decisions consciously and subconsciously about how you want things to go. Some of these decisions include:

  • What will I create? A product or Service?
  • How will I deliver my services?
  • Will I operate and online or offline business?
  • What should I name my business?
  • How should I price my products/services?
  • What customer needs will I solve first?

These are just a few of the decisions that need to be made. Most of these can be made during your break time or on a light day. Starting a business demands a lot of mental clarity and much time spent in thought. Take it in stages but ensure that you are contributing to your business daily.

6. Design Social Media Graphics

Designing Social Media Graphics is a fun way to work on your business while on the job. Don’t go cheating time from your boss now, that’s not what I mean. But let’s say you have some time because you arrived early, waiting on a meeting to start or during the break time, use it to your full advantage. 

There are several sites and apps available for designing graphics. You have no excuses! 

My favorite is the Over App on Android and iOS. Here’s why I love it so much.

  1. You can create high quality graphics on the go
  2. It is user friendly with lots of templates
  3. You have full creative control
  4. You can create videos on the go
  5. You can schedule your designs to be posted
  6. Excellent customer service

The more you design, the better you will become. 

7. Apply to Pinterest Group Boards and Facebook Groups

No matter how awesome your business is, if no one knows about it you have already failed. It takes just a few seconds to find Pinterest group boards and Facebook groups. 

Look for groups that are in the same niche as yours. Get a feel of what others are talking about, posting about and creating products and services about. Reach out to the Pinterest group board owners and request to be invited.

No one likes people who only take so be prepared to offer valuable content or contribution when you are accepted.

Need help creating a Pinterest Business Account? Send me a message.

8. Keyword Research

Each business idea needs to be well researched before you get started. There are several tools that you can use to do keyword research quickly and easily.

Google Trends and Google Keyword Planner will help find balance between what you are passionate about and what potential clients are asking about in just a few minutes.

In order to start and maintain a profitable business your products and services need to be in demand. It’s time for your break time at work to take on a whole new meaning.


Having a job qualifies you to start a business using your job skills. Do not be afraid of small beginnings. You can start by getting an accountability partner to share your goal with. Make your goals specific and realistic. 

Nothing will change until you are willing to invest some time in yourself. You may be working a 40 hour work week now. How much time do you spend on self development activities? How could your life change if you invested 2 hours per day to learn how you can increase your income?

Believe in yourself and your ability to change your present circumstances. “There is greatness within you,” Les Brown.

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