Why You Should Love Your Full-Time Job

Why You Should Love Your Full-Time Job | via the Rising Tide Society

I know that statement is a little crazy. When you’re starting a business and growing that business, more times than not you wish your full time job would go away. It’d be nice to have 40 hours per week to dedicate to your growing dream vs. Uncle Sam, right?

I get it. I really do. For 17 months, I struggled to find balance between the two. I worked incredibly long hours because my day-job required 40 hours per week, and my business required whatever else I could give. And instead of being grateful for that season of my life, I was angry. I grew defeated. I stopped trying at my day-job. I was resentful of the work being put on my plate when I knew my business to-do list was already too full. I couldn’t see past my exhaustion and bitterness. And I’m willing to bet you can’t either.

See, it’s easy to focus on what isn’t happening, and so much harder to see what is.

Your full-time job is a blessing (even though sometimes you may feel like it’s a blessing in disguise!). When you hit rock bottom and begin to question this journey that you’re on, I want to encourage you to think about the following:

Why You Should Love Your Full-Time Job | via the Rising Tide Society
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1. Your full-time job is providing you with stability.

You are most likely receiving a constant income & benefits. When you’re striving to grow your side hustle, it’s nice to rest in the thought that your side hustle is NOT paying the bills; your full time job is. When I began DSE, my full-time salary was paying rent & putting food on the table. That meant I could build up my business bank account slowly & steadily; it also meant I could take risks in my growing business! Your full-time job is offering you the ability to grow your business while still having financial security. 

2. Your full-time job is providing you with the financial freedom to take risks in your growing business.

Because my full-time job was providing the income I needed to pay the bills, I could take financial risks I thought would better my business in the long run. In the first year of my business, I was able to invest in professional branding, workshops and other educational opportunities. Those investments allowed my business to grow, and I would not have had the financial means to make them happen if it wasn’t for my full time job.

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3. Your full-time job is teaching you pertinent people skills, organizational skills and management skills needed to run a business.

As a business owner, we act as CEO, CFO and HR Director, among other things. It’s important for us to understand our strengths & weaknesses in our current workplace, and apply them to our small business. I would daresay that regardless of WHAT your full-time job is, that job helping you with small business skills. If you’re an administrative assistant, you’re learning pertinent people skills & organizational skills; If you’re a teacher, you’re learning how to manage a group & how to kindly & directly remain in control of a situation; if you work with numbers, those number skills will absolutely come in handy on the back-end of your business; and if you work in management, those skills will allow you to shape your business if & when you have a team (examples: wedding assistant, office assistant, etc.). I could go on & on, but I think you see my point!! I challenge you to sit down & consider ALL that your day-job is teaching you and HOW those skills will be applicable to your business. You may be surprised at all you’re learning!:)

Why You Should Love Your Full-Time Job | via the Rising Tide Society
Photo by Andrea Pesce

4. Your full-time job is challenging you to get things done, even when it feels impossible.

I look back on the year that I worked full-time, and think “How in the world did I do that!?”. When you’re in the thick of it, when the hustle is all you see, you do one thing: what you have to do. When late nights & early mornings are the only options, you do it. You not only learn your limits, but you also learn just how much you CAN do. And there is so much beauty in that!!! You’re getting things DONE; you’re doing HARD work… and it’s WORKING!!

5. Your full-time job makes you grateful for that moment your side-hustle becomes your full-time job.

You’ve done the 2 job hustle; you understand the late nights, the PTO struggle, and the work-life balance. And that moment when you put in your notice will be the most terrifying & thrilling experience of your LIFE. You’ll appreciate that moment because you know the sweat, tears, and crazy hours it took to get there. You’ll celebrate, soak it in & jump head first into being a full-time small business boss because you worked your cute butt off to get there. And you earned it.

When you’ve having one of those days (…or weeks or months…) and it’s hard to find happiness in the 2 job struggle, I want you to remember WHY you started in the first place. I want you to sit down & remind yourself of all the things your full-time job is providing for you. While the struggle can be overwhelming at times, it IS worth it. Your hard work is not going unnoticed. And I’m cheering for you every step of the way.

Kat Schmoyer

Hi, friend!!! I'm Kat; lover of pink, believer of sweethearts. I'm the boss lady behind Dear Sweetheart Events, a wedding and floral boutique in the Shenandoah Valley of VA! I'm also the founder of the Creative At Heart movement and believe wholeheartedly in building community among big dreamers & small biz owners! When I'm not planning or designing pretty blooms, you can find me eating some of my husband's delicious cookin', relaxing with a Friends marathon or taking a trip to Target for all the pink things! I'm SO blessed by all God is doing with my business, and strive to remember that it's all for HIS Glory, not mine.

24 comments

  1. Probably my favorite post to-date. It’s hard to see sometimes, but it is most definitely a blessing. Thanks for the reminder 🙂

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  2. Thank you! I so needed that on this dreary Monday-morning-after-Thanksgiving; after spending five days off from my FTJ, playing full time photographer & loving it. I’ll get there one day, but right now, you’re right – I’m thankful for the stability my FTJ offers. Have a great day!

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  3. Kat! This is so good! We may not remember it all the time but hard work does pay off 🙂

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  4. Yep. Love. 6 years into business and almost 6 years into a FTJ, I’m ready for a one-way hussle. But I’m grateful for all the reasons this article states <3

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  5. Absolutely love this post!! Good job, Kat!

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    1. Such a perfect post! Hit home for me 🙂

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  6. I really desperately needed this today. I literally wrote up my two weeks, I was throwing caution to the wind because I was fed up and I thought that wreck less decision was the best decision. Whew I’m glad this reminded me that I need to keep hanging on just a bit longer…
    Thank You.
    P.S-I’m sure my colleagues thank you too!

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  7. I wrote about this very same thing in my book! During the time I was working a full-time job I made sure to give gratitude everyday for the fact that it was actually making it easier for me to take risks in my own business that were necessary, but that I might not have made had I not had the stability of the 9-5. Plus, working those 80 hour weeks taught me the true meaning of hustle! Thanks for the great post!

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  8. Girlfriend. I cannot tell you how helpful this post was! I am in the thick of everything you just described. And the result is totally me beginning to hate my day job, which before my side hustle was a thing, I really enjoyed.

    Lately at work all I can think about is doing my side hustle, and daydreaming about it. And it isn’t like there isn’t plenty of work at the 9-5 job piling up while I dream of my start up.

    I needed this. Really i did. I don’t know what I’d do without the security that my full time job allows, and the risks it helps me to take. Thanks lady. Keep inspiring!

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  9. Wow. This is SO spot on! Thank you for sharing and keeping in perspective how to make the side hustle work. My wife and I both have full-time jobs so juggling our wedding video business can sometimes feel overwhelming, but it’s sooooo worth it and we wouldn’t trade it for anything (well, maybe a boatload of cash and ownership of a private island in the Caribbean, but you know what we mean). Anyways, thank you again for sharing this!

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  10. This was awesome!! Thank you for writing this! This was such a good reminder and I read that I was needing!

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  11. This was a great reminder. Sometimes I daydream at work about all the things I should be doing, but yes – without my full time job, this side thing would be close to impossible! Thank you!

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  12. I’m a marine scientist and an artist! I’ve always struggled with choosing between my two passions: the environment and art. In college, I felt like it made more sense to be “practical” and chose a path to a career in fisheries biology. Although I love the work im doing, I haven’t been satisfied as I have been craving my creative side. So, I’ve just begun to dive back into painting and am at the VERY BEGINNING stages of building my art business and a career in art. Your post made me fee comforted that (although I work at a non profit), I can rely on my full time job to pay my rent while I start to figure out how to develop my new side biz. Thanks!

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  13. Love this! Sometimes it’s frustrating not having the time to take my photography to the next level but then I remember that my job paid for my gear, my editing software and my packaging supplies. This puts things into perspective. I wouldn’t have the people skills or patience that I have in photography if it wasn’t for my work experience! Good read!

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  14. This. This right here. Is exactly what I need at this very moment. Thank you for your honesty. Thank for reminding me that I’m not alone. There are other creatives out there in the 2 job hustle. Thank you.

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  15. Thanks so much for this article! It’s great timing for me at the end of the year, when I’m burnt out and exhausted. I’m reminded to look back on all that I’ve accomplished working 70+hours a week. Here’s to hoping 2016 brings me closer to a one-job life! xo

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  16. I really enjoyed this post. It was refreshing , and gave me the push to get through the last two hours of my corporate work day . It is very true launching while working has allowed me to build a company that I am truly proud of without the 9-5 I don’t know if that would have been possible 🙂 Thank you .

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  17. This is EXACTLY what I needed. I’m right in the middle of this right now–burning the midnight oil, wondering if it’s really worth it, trying just to somehow balance it all. But yes, I’m grateful for the stability for now. And dreaming of that day when I can commit to this full time! Thank you for this post and the encouragement!

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  18. Thank you! I really needed this, so glad I stumbled upon this post.

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  19. Oh my goodness! Even though this blog post was posted in November 2015, it couldn’t have come at a better time for me. It’s such a comfort to know that I’m not the only one. Thank you for your encouraging words.

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  20. This is exactly what I needed right now. I have probably hated my full-time job for a couple years now, but the more I struggle against it; the more I feel God keeps pushing me to stay in both for now and keep pushing. If it’s on my table to do, then I have the grace to do it. Love everything you have written here. THANK YOU KAT!

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  21. I find myself re-reading this post when I am often feeling defeated. Thank you RTS for the encouragement and constant reminder to stay focused!

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