Recently I received a kind invitation through LinkedIn to connect with Cristian Dorobantescu. Of course, I appreciated the invitation very much, and when the invitation noted that he wrote a blog on entrepreneurship, naturally I visited his blog.
I receive quite a number of unsolicited LinkedIn requests and do not accept all. I avoid the ones that are from “professional networkers” — you know, the people who have 3,782 of their closest friends as LinkedIn connections. I figure they have enough friends and don’t need any more.
Very likely if Cristian had not included his blog address on there for me to see, I might not have followed up on the invitation. But being able to visit the blog, I am able to size up the person quickly and decide whether to accept the connection (it’s one of the beauties of a blog).
It turns out that Cristian is employed by a large company in Romania, but also runs his own startup on the side. And his blog talks about being a technology entrepreneur on the side.
I was particularly struck by his series of two recent articles on being a part-time entrepreneur. He approaches it from two sides: five reasons to be be a part-time entrepreneur and another five reasons NOT to be a side entrepreneur.
For instance, as to the reasons for not being a side entrepreneur, he writes:
“5 reasons not to be a part time entrepreneur
… and probably not being an entrepreneur at all
– Evenings and weekends are just for fun
– You need a boss to tell you what to do
– Working long hours at your current job that you love so much
– Friends and family are more important
– You just want to be like everybody else and nothing more “
I would like to add a comment to this list. Cristian goes on to explain about the family and friends point that if you have children, for instance, they need you. Working a full-time job and running a side business may not be the smartest thing to do when children are young. For all things there is a season, and starting a part-time business requires sacrifices. Sacrificing the family at the time they need you the most is not the right thing to do.
I am all for side businesses. However, you need to go into them with your eyes open. It is tough enough to be an entrepreneur when your startup is your full-time gig. It’s even harder to do on the side, after a full-day at work. Starting a side business cuts down your financial risk, that’s true, but it also cuts down your available time for family, hobbies, church and other activities. It requires trade-offs — make sure you are prepared to make them.
Be sure to also read Cristian’s post on 5 Reasons to Take the Part Time Entrepreneurship Path.