A Shout Out to 9 to 5’ers with a Business on the Side

A Shout Out to 9 to 5’ers with a Business on the Side

Being an entrepreneur can be an incredibly lonely journey. Most times neither your friends nor family will understand what you do. They’ll see you working day and night, with little to no reward and wonder why you just can’t be happy with your 9 to 5 gig.

I mean. You should be thankful that you even have a job, right?


You can be thankful for being gainfully employed and fulfill a desire to build a life around a passion that’s profitable.

Yes. You can do both.

And don’t let anyone tell you anything different.

When I stumbled across this post by Kelly Lynn Adams in a group on Facebook, I thought it summed up my life perfectly.

It’s a shout out 9 to 5’ers with a business on the side and it was so real, I had to share.

    • To the 9 to 5’er who gets judged for still having a day job and is not considered a true entrepreneur. You are more than good enough. You ARE an entrepreneur who wants to build a profitable, sustainable business without struggling. Keep letting them judge you. It is not their journey, it is YOURS. You make the rules according to YOUR life.


    • To the 9 to 5’er who is struggling with their commute, their boss, and the not so nice co-workers. Do what you gotta do, this is just temporary. Remember that you ALWAYS have a choice and can choose a different mindset, job or another way.


    • To the 9 to 5’er who compares herself/himself to their peers on social media that are posting about their amazing results and feeling like why can’t that be me and feels like they are doing something wrong because it hasn’t happened for her yet. Keep going, sometimes you don’t always see the full picture or know the full story. Persistence, dedication, passion and drive always win.


    • To the 9 to 5’er with family/friends/spouse/significant other who do not believe in you. Prove them wrong. You got this!


    • To the 9 to 5’er who is hustling so that they can have a better life. You got this and you’re an awesome example to everyone who does not believe it is possible to do both at the same time (meaning holding down a job and building a business).


    • To the 9 to 5’er who hasn’t made the money that she expects yet but she (or he) has a clear vision, drive, passion and knows she can achieve anything, do anything and be anything. You got this keep taking action every day.


    • To the 9 to 5’er who has a cleaning lady, someone to prepare their meals and a team to help his/her because they a business to grow and a life to live and is smart enough to outsource whatever is not in her zone of genius. God bless delegation and outsourcing.


    • To the 9 to 5’er who feels like they are missing out because they can’t attend every event, gathering or mastermind because their time is limited. Saying NO is sometimes the best way to be more productive, more efficient and practice self-love. Remember short term sacrifice for long term success.


    • To the 9 to 5’er who feels overwhelmed, burned out and stressed out. Take time for you first. Remember your health first, business second. You can not serve from an empty cup.


    • To the 9 to 5’er who has all these amazing ideas but only has limited time and energy to implement only one idea. Get focused, take action and create results. You can absolutely do this.


    • To the 9 to 5’er who just needs a day off from everything. Say F–k it and take the day off. You deserve it!


    • Send this to a 9 to 5’er, side hustler friend and shout them out! We all need a little support and cheering on along this journey!!


Just remember. You are not alone. Keep trying. Keep hustling. Don’t let the small things stop you from moving forward. You can do this. WE CAN DO THIS.


I’m a 9 to 5’er with a business and I have no time for naysayers or people who don’t understand my journey. I CAN DO THIS. @brandbuildsell

(PS. I’ve been working on the blog and finally added a complete list of tools I use to manage my various online brands. Take a peek at the tools I love and can’t live without.)

  • Missmikelah

    YOU ARE THE TRUTH!!!! Thank your for this inspiration and all the other countless times you’ve inspired me!

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  • Thank you so much Arsha for this inspiration. Going to share it with my friends who’re thinking to be an entrepreneur this year :)

    • Thanks so much Veronia! I appreciate you stopping by and commenting.

  • Excellent post!! As someone who’s actively seeking a stable 9-to-5 and will continue to work on building my Design Biz, I love this post! So many people make it seem like if you do a 9 to 5 it’s a problem. Good for them if they can really jump all in to doing their solo biz and not need the 9 to 5 right now, but for me, until my business gets to a place where it’s bringing in a substantial amount on repeat, I’ll happily do a job I equally love (key= it must be something I enjoy doing lol).

    • YES to all of this! There’s levels to this. No one can determine what success means to you except YOU! :)