This is a guest post from Tivi Jones.
As a full-time entrepreneur, I’ve been contemplating a zany idea lately: Getting a full-time day job for the sake of limiting the amount of time I have for my business.
Why? Because I work well under pressure, structure and limited time periods.
A few years ago, I worked a full-time job, a part-time job and did freelancing on the side. My freelance business thrived, despite the fact that I only had 5-10 hours for it every week. I was also more involved in local organizations and hung out with friends quite often.
How did I do it all when now I feel like I can barely take my dog for a walk without the crushing entrepreneur’s “I should be working on my business” guilt?
Being self-employed full-time means my business is front and center and as a creative person, I’ll admit, sometimes I lose that creative spark. I often find I desire the ability to “turn it off” and walk away so that I can refresh my brain with socialization, entertainment and life — things that spark and inspire me to create.
What results could I achieve if I limited the amount of time I have for my business?
Would I streamline my processes? Dump inefficient practices? Produce more because I know my time is limited to do so?
According to Parkinson’s Law, work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion. Could full-time creativity be completed in part-time hours? Or is this small business suicide?
How has the transition from full-time employment to full-time entrepreneur or vice versa affected your creative output?
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Tivi Jones is a Southern Belle who has spent the last decade creating business successes for Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, US Department of Defense, Boeing and many “solopreneur” and small business brands. She thrives on positive energy and optimism and determinately believes in the power of having a career you are passionate about. Find her on Facebook and Twitter as well as her website.