You’ve got my best advice for starting a business on the side. Now, take that advice and a teeny bit more to make this your best year yet:
1. Improve your personal finances.
No amount of money you could make will compensate if you overspend now. You cannot outearn yourself. Thus, you need to learn to live on a budget, whatever that looks like and is comfortable for you.
Cut your expenses whenever possible, especially the biggest line items in your budget like housing, insurance, and transportation. Find a place cheaper. Get roommates. Seek multiple quotes for insurance. Trade in a new car for a used car. You get the idea.
2. Improve the quality of foods you eat.
You’re going to be busy balancing a job and a business, so don’t make the mistake of getting take out daily thinking that it saves time and money. You’ll save time and money today and decades from now by eating healthier foods you prepare yourself.
If you detest the notion of meal planning and eating well for health reasons, then do so for budgetary reasons — or vice versa.
Start meal planning by searching Pinterest or Google for a handful of simple recipes specifically tailored to meal prepping so you can make multiple meals at once. Keep making easy recipes until you do so efficiently or until you’re sick of ’em. Or get together each week with a friend who knows how to cook and have fun meal prepping together.
3. Improve your fitness.
Depending on the type of business you start, you may or may not end up getting more exercise. If you’re a desk jockey in your day job and you start a side business doing the same kind of work like I did, then you could end up living an almost entirely sedentary existence. Don’t do that.
Set alarms on your phone or computer to remind you to move periodically or set an alert on your wearable fitness tracker (if you have one). Schedule walks daily or yoga or whatever kind of movement you enjoy. Write them on your calendar like you would any other appointment.
If you’re already getting a lot of movement in because you started a business that requires physical activity, then make time for stretching and relaxation.
Everyone deserves (regular) breaks, so make those happen, too.
Start taking action by commenting on this video what your goals are and what you’re committed to doing to achieve ’em because accountability and community can be quite motivating.
Good luck, my friend. I wish you the very best as you launch and grow your own lifestyle business!