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Having a business is something many of us dream of, but very few make it a reality. It takes a lot of time, dedication, and tears (yes tears). 

There have been times when I wanted to give up, but I knew I wouldn't be able to live with myself if I did. Standing and running a business is no easy stroll in the park, and many people continue to work their 9 to 5 job while starting and/or running their business. As a Business Consultant, I can assure you this is the smartest thing to do. I do not recommend quitting your job to start your dream business. While this may be the route for some, it's not for most of us. Unless you have a lot of money saved up to launch your business you're going to need funds to start and run your business, so keeping your job is the smart thing to do. 

You want to set yourself up for success, and although quitting may be the ultimate goal you want to make sure your money is in order and you have a plan in place. Running your business and working a job will not always be easy, but there are a few ways to make everything a little bit smoother. 

Here are three tips to make running your business while working a 9 to five a little bit easier: 

1.) Utilize your commute and lunch breaks. 

Although your commute and lunch breaks may not be long you can definitely get a few things done. Take time to read up on a self-help or book about your industry (if you're not driving of course), listen to an industry related podcast, respond to business emails, or anything else you can think of! Time management is crucial, and the more productive you are the faster you get things done. 

2.) Plan your day out. 

Planning has become my best friend. I may not stick to the schedule perfectly, but having a template in place keeps me on track and helps my day run smoother. You can either schedule your day out by the hour, or write a to do list in the order of priority. Choose which method is best for you, and stick with it. Figure out what you can get done before work and afterwards. If you are married and/or have children take into account the time you spend doing family activities and chores. When deciding how much time you will spend on tasks be sure to give yourself a little bit of extra time; let's face it distractions are all around.

3.) Find ways to automate your business

Trust me when I say this, automation will help you keep your sanity a little bit longer. Whether you're automating your email list through MailChimp, automating social media posts with Buffer, or automating with online scheduling; it will only make your life easier. Automation allows you to spend more time doing other things. No need have someone inbox you for an invoice when you can have a website, the product posted on there, and a direct link where customers can read information and do everything themselves. Automating your business not only saves you a lot of time, but it sometimes creates a more professional feel. 

Running a business and working a job is never easy all of the time, so utilizing your commutes and lunch breaks, planning your days, and finding ways to automate your business are always a huge help. Even if you are a full time entrepreneur already these three things can work for you as well.