Reasons to Avoid Part-Time Home Employment in Favor of Full-Time

by WorkFromHome on November 13, 2011

A typical full-time job requires a lot of hours each week, but it also allows for a healthy amount of time away from the office, the clients, and the many tasks that have to be completed each day between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. That’s why it’s the preferred way of earning income for many Americans — simply work 40 hours per week, make a living wage, and spend the other hours relaxing and unwinding after a long day at the office.

But part-time home business owners, who also hold a traditional full-time job, enjoy no such luxuries. Indeed, their life is quite often the inverse of those who work just one full-time job. They’ll find themselves frequently stressed, overworked, and even underpaid in many scenarios. There are five more great reasons to avoid taking on this kind of burden, and choose full-time home business employment instead.

  1. Being overworked and underpaid is not healthy — and your body will show it:
    It’s no secret that stress can wreak havoc on the human body. Not only has stress been shown to increase the risk of illness — anything from the common cold to more serious illness like the flu and sore throats — but it has been shown to increase weight gain as well. And this kind of occupational and financial stress over a prolonged period of time can lead to a number of mental health complications, not the least of which is dangerous Major Depression. Working too much, and relaxing too little, is a recipe for disaster for most Americans. And it must be considered whether a home business opportunity is worth this sort of risk to the immune and central nervous systems, or whether a full-time home employment option would be a more sound choice for the long-term.
  2. Two jobs means twice the flexibility is required:
    It’s worth noting that having a second job means the job-holder must be twice as flexible on a daily basis. That means they must be willing to drop out-of-work commitments like going to the bar, stopping by the gym, or going on dates, in order to tend to their urgent home business needs. If a client is particularly demanding, or if a project needs to be completed by a deadline, there is simply no time to pursue outside plans. That means having to be the person who always cancels, and it can lead to burnout when a day involves nothing but work, deadlines, and demanding clients, from sunrise to sunset.
  3. Being overworked and stressed could lessen career prospects:
    Let’s not forget that most people who pursue a part-time home business opportunity do so because they want to test the waters and ensure they have the greatest chance for success on their own because going full-time. But, in the process of doing this, they may lessen their career prospects at their current job. That’s because they’ll have less time to devote to their traditional office job — less time to produce stellar work, make indispensable connections, and make a good impression with management throughout the office. And while this may not matter to those who will eventually go full-time, it can mean a lesser annual raise, less chance of promotion, and less recognition on the job for those who are determined to keep both positions — or fall back on their traditional job in the event of failure. Remember that home business always requires sacrifice, and that sacrifice must be properly placed and considered before it is made.
  4. Prepare for slow growth — very, very slow:
    A successful business demands much of its owners — sometimes as much as 80 hours per week in the beginning. With that having been said, consider how long it will take to guide a new business to success at just 15 o 20 hours per week. Essentially, on paper, that means a new business operated on a part-time basis will take four times as long to succeed than its full-time competitors. And that’s in an ideal world where one’s day job does not present excessive conflicts, and where their motivation remains on a high level all day long — even after they’ve come home from the office to begin a second shift of work.
  5. Less time with a home business means less opportunities to pursue:
    Consider that your business is probably operating on the same model as someone else’s, but you’re simply doing it 75% less each day than your competitors are. While you’re at the office working at a full-time traditional job, they’re stealing your potential clients and customers – and thus your business’ overall revenue. It may be impossible to ever take the business full-time, as opportunities to do so will disappear before you’ve even heard of them and been able to pursue them.

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