When starting a new business, it’s rare for anyone to be hugely successful right out of the gate. Often, you need a “bridge job,” or something steady to supplement you income while you’re getting your venture off the ground. It’s nothing to be ashamed of, and in fact, it can be a boon to your business.
In a great Huffington Post story titled “5 Tips on How Your Bridge Job Can Benefit Your Business,” writer and leadership coach Kelly Lynn Adams makes the case for working a side gig and not feeling bad about it. “Your job can be looked upon as your secret angel investor or your sugar daddy,” she writes.
Adams’ first benefit of bridge jobs is, of course, the steady income. If you’ve got money coming in from another source, you won’t be desperate for clients or feel too cash-strapped to take risks and follow opportunities. A regular paycheck equals breathing room, and that’s a beautiful thing.
On a similar note, bridge jobs enable you to make crucial investments in your business. Need accountants, lawyers, writers, photographers, or other services to help you kick things up a notch? You’ll have the money to pay for these things, and that makes a huge difference.
While you might struggle to find time to, say, book that photographer or schedule a meeting with your accountant, Adams insists that bridge jobs make you more productive. “‘If you want something done, ask a busy person,'” she writes, adding that, “managing your time between a full time job and building a business there is no time for BS or time wasters.” In other words, entrepreneurship attracts natural-born jugglers — people who thrive in high-pressure situations — and if you’re launching your own venture, chances are you’re this type of individual.
Adams’ fourth check mark in the pro column for bridge jobs: “free business training.” A lot of companies offer employees educational programs and development courses, and even if yours doesn’t, consider this: You have an insider’s view into how another organization functions. As Adams writes, “every situation is an opportunity to learn, grow and apply to your business.”
Finally, bridge jobs offer tons of networking opportunities and chances to connect with people who might become clients, help you meet clients, or provide key services or insights that help you better serve your clients. Get to know as many people as you can. It definitely can’t hurt.