Running a business is more than a full-time endeavor. When things get off the ground, you’ll have to give your life over to the cause. In the early days, though, things aren’t as bad. Sure, you need to spend plenty of time planning the ins and outs. But, you will have some time to play with.
There’s a lot to consider during this stage. This is when you develop profit projections, marketing campaigns, and your product itself. Sorry to add to the workload, but it’s also worth gaining experience here. Let’s be honest; if you haven’t worked in your chosen business before, you could be in trouble.
Many young entrepreneurs choose to go down the path of internships. It makes sense. These are a fantastic chance to spend a short amount of time in an established business. But, pay isn’t great. And, you may find yourself relegated to drink runs. Instead, it’s worth contacting job agencies. These are fantastic because they offer short-term work placements which pay well. And that’s not the only benefit. You also get to enjoy –
Experience on the job
As an intern, you may not actually see much on the job experience. If operating through an agency, you’re sure to be up front. You don’t have the experience yet, so you won’t be up top. But, you will be able to get in there and do a little research. And, given many businesses only use agency workers for a month or so, you may have the chance to accept a few different placements.
You could also use this opportunity to improve your general knowledge. Running a business isn’t only about understanding your field. You’ll also need to take control of issues such as finances and employment. Instead of signing up to generalized agencies, try working through payroll recruitment consultants, or other specialist firms. That way, you can be sure to learn something you’ll apply to your business down the line.
The short nature of the work will also help here. Again, remember that you can try out a few different placements during this period. Why not make them all as different as possible?
On a more practical level, working during those early stages may be unavoidable. After all, you can’t start a business without some form of funding. And, you certainly won’t have any time for sidelines like these when things hot up. Use this time to save as much money as possible. It’s unlikely that short placements will make you a fortune, but they’ll at least provide some financial backing.
Know when to step back
Despite the benefits, it’s important you know when to step back. It’s easy to get carried away with making money and put your dreams to the side. But, don’t do it. Keep your business in mind, and know when you’ve got all the experience you need. A good indicator is if you’re visiting similar placements or spending more time on agency work than your business.