5 things you can do at lunchtime to exit your 9 to 5 and start building your business foundations.
I still remember so vividly when I was desperately looking for a way out of my 9 to 5 and knew the importance of start building some systems and foundations in order to start my business.
Every break I had, I would look out for every opportunity to plan my exit and start building my business but obviously without jeopardizing my current employment.
You must be clever and conscious to not let the “desperation” of your current situation, influence your exit from your 9 to 5.
There are things that you can do in order to start building the foundations so that your 9 to 5 exit is smooth and not drastic. After all, you still need the “comfortable” monthly income of your job to finance your exit.
I wrote a previous article on the 5 sneaky ways I fired my boss and I believe that will inspire you as well.
Now let me show you some ideas that you can implement at lunchtime so when the time comes, you are ready and prepared. These are so simple and easy to implement that you will be surprised.
Let’s get into the 5 things you can do at lunchtime to exit your 9 to 5 and start building your foundations.
1 – Mindful Eating
It’s understandable that at lunchtime, you would eat right? If you are currently in a job, you will probably have 30 minutes to 1 hour for your lunch. If you are currently in a stressful job, be aware that stress creates acid in your stomach and if you are feeling this discomfort then it’s important to attune your 5 senses especially when you’re about to seat to enjoy your meal.
The state of consciousness that you are in when you’re eating is even more important than the food itself. ~ Emily Fletcher
- Before your meal prepare a warm drink (2/3 hot and 1/3 cold water)
- While the water boils, do a simple breathing exercise
- Energize your food by giving thanks for what you’re about to eat.
- Don’t rush your food. Eat slowly and really enjoy your food. Enjoy the colours on your plate, the smells that eradiate from the ingredients. Savour and taste every single bite as if it was your first meal.
2 – Plan Your Exit with Asana.
Start planning your 9 to 5 exit plan in Asana or your startup business plan. We use Asana for all of our project management tasks. This tool allows you to create specific projects either private or public and share tasks with your team and/or clients. Even if you don’t have a team yet, this productivity tool keeps it all prioritized and you know exactly what you need to do next, all important deadlines, and a record of the completed work.
Building a Business Plan in Asana is super simple and quick. They have templates ready for you to use. There is also a mobile app that you can use when you find extra time at lunchtime or you need to send an email to a client or a teammate.
3 – Choose Your Appointment Scheduler
so that you can start inviting people for a strategy call with you. I’ve used a few different types of appointment schedulers since I’ve started my business to check which one was the best for me. Finally, I’ve chosen Acuity Scheduler to organize all my calls with prospects. Go ahead and watch the video where I will show you how to create a free account with this tool.
4 – Research and Hire a Professional To Start Building Your Online Presence
This is what I do for my clients, we get Coaches and Consultants online with an attractive and branded online presence. We architect and design your business online that resonates with your target audience and gives them exactly what they are looking for.
If you are running your coaching business as a side hustle, the 5 Steps to 5K in 5 Days Intensive Bootcamp might be just the solution you are seeking for.
This will allow you to:
Serve more people in one go,
Have a cash injection in your business…
And work fewer hours.
5 – Get Paid Quickly
Even though you are still in your 9 to 5, nothing is stopping you from having clients outside your working hours or even during your days off. And you want to have a payment system to charge your clients.
This video tutorial is for you if you want to set up an automated monthly recurring payment with your clients.
IT’S A WRAP
These are just a few of the things that I used to do before I quit my 9 to 5. I really want to emphasize the importance of building your pillars before you take the LEAP from your current employment. Becoming your own boss has its challenges that if you can minimize the risk and overcome the uncertainty that comes with being an Entrepreneur, the faster you will succeed in your future endeavours.
Which of these ideas are you going to start doing? Let me know in the comments which ones and your own stories. Maybe you already do something similar! Share with us what that is.