In former generations, the corporate nine-to-five grind was virtually always the status quo for individuals in the workforce.
However, in the modern world, more and more individuals are taking steps to break out of the monotony of a menial job that simply pays the bills by instead pursuing their dreams by starting their own company and being their own boss.
But, considering the unbelievable amount of time, stress and resources required to get a burgeoning business off the ground, some of the men and women considering an entrepreneurial career path are realizing that, at least during the initial stages, it may be safest to build a part-time operation in addition to a full-time job that provides greater economic stability.
Understanding the difficulties of undertaking a task such as this, a January 2011 Inc.com article suggested tips for common problems encountered by the part-time business owner.
For example, a common obstacle presented to the part-time entrepreneur is communications. Naturally, if a person is juggling another job or a family in addition to launching a business, there will be significant gaps in that person's ability to field customer concerns. Furthermore, with few resources in the early stages of a part-time startup's development, hiring a full-time staff member to process consumer concerns and orders likely does not fit into the business model.
An excellent way to address this issue is by hiring a certified answering service. By utilizing these professionals, a part-time business owner will only pay for the time customer service reps actually spend interacting with patrons, making it the most cost-effective solution to customer interaction when the owner is unavailable.
And with digital and mobile communications solutions as well, a part-time business will be open to customer inquiries through a wide variety of channels, potentially turning the company into a viable full-time operation quicker than expected.