You’ve got your small business all set up and it’s yours. You work from home and have made something successful.
But for whatever reason, you are feeling the pull to get a college degree, maybe your first one or maybe an advanced degree or one in another field to increase your small business resume.
How do you do that without sacrificing your business? You can, just think out of the traditional classroom and into the virtual one with online courses or even an online degree. Many traditional colleges support online classes. You probably can’t get your entire degree this way, but you can do a little bit.
And, of course, there are the virtual degrees where you earn your degree through an online program. Whichever one you choose you can continue your own business while enhancing your education.
But how do you balance it out?
With such a large number of Americans running small businesses from home, it’s doable without a doubt. It just takes some organizing, prioritizing and time management:
• Set a schedule – You will need a set schedule to find success in this potential juggling act. For instance, if you need to meet with clients, set aside a day for that. Decide when you’ll do what work – mornings for school, afternoons for business? Just make sure you allot enough time to get everything done you need to.
• Prioritize – If you get stuck or in a bind, which is more important? Your small business or your school? Maybe you can sacrifice getting your laundry done, but can you really skip studying for a test or getting a deadline met for a customer? What will happen if an assignment is late as opposed to a client’s order not delivered? Try not to get yourself in this situation, but if you do, have a plan.
• Keep school and your business separate – You may have to let these two worlds share a work space, but keep them mentally and time-wise as separate as possible. You will be wearing different hats for your business and your education; you want to keep things straight so they don’t infringe upon each other.
• Discipline – Running a business from home takes discipline, so does being a student. If you can do one, you can probably do both, but make sure to stick to your guidelines and stay disciplined. Neither is easy, but with discipline, you can manage.
Online Courses and Your Business
Online courses afford a small business owner a great opportunity.
Perhaps you’re looking to learn more about your field, or maybe a totally new one to branch into. Whatever the reason, don’t hesitate to take advantage of the opportunity to get a degree while maintaining your business.
If the thought of getting your degree, while making money at your business, all the while in your pajamas, excites you, you may be on to something.
If you are looking at how to earn your degree from bed, consider the above factors. You may just be able to pull it off.
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About the Author: Heather Legg is an independent writer who focuses on social media, small business and education.