Know What NOT to Sacrifice to Be a Part-time Entrepreneur

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.

Anita Campbell Anita Campbell is the Founder, CEO and Publisher of Small Business Trends and has been following trends in small businesses since 2003. She is the owner of BizSugar, a social media site for small businesses.