Why you should work and own a business at the same time

Top 5 Jobs To Help Make Ends Meet While Growing Your Business

“I didn’t have anybody, really, no foundation in life, so I had to make my own way. Always, from the start. I had to go out in the world and become strong, to discover my mission in life.” Tina Turner

ID-10093150I have had challenging times in my business where I felt like I was recreating the wheel and was unable to make ends meet.

Bills got behind, my ego was bruised, and I made the decision to apply for jobs and work to recover from being financially unstable.

Have you had times like this?

Going back to work is not quitting.

Sometimes, in order to carry your plans forward, you need a sustainable strategy to help you meet certain goals.

Going back to work provides you with the opportunity to come up with funds that you did not have an option to create for your business otherwise.

After a while, I was able to create a sustainable income from my business and was able to leave my job to run my business full-time again.

There have been other times where it was necessary to take on a part-time job in order to create funds to help me bridge a financial gap that my business wasn’t meeting.

Soon, my business covered those expenses too, and I was able to let go the part-time job as well.

Some jobs you may consider taking on to make ends meet are: 

1. Breastfeeding Peer Counselor – If you’ve had children and you have experience breastfeeding, your local Women Infants and Children (W.I.C.) program may be looking to fill these positions.The pay is decent, around $13 – $15 per hour, and will help you to make ends meet. This position is M – F and is usually part-time, up to 29 hours per week.  Prepare to look for childcare to cover your M – F schedule with this job and you will need car insurance and proper tags to drive to different W.I.C. clinics to meet the needs of breastfeeding mothers.

2. Career Placement Jobs – If you have experience writing resumes, running workshops, and helping others to meet career goals, this position may be for you.  It may require you to drive to different locations once or twice per month, so having car insurance and proper tags is necessary. The pay is decent, around $13 – $15 per hour, and will help you to make ends meet. This position is M – F and is usually part-time, up to 29 hours per week.

3. Janitorial – If you are interested in work where you can punch in, work without much interaction with others, and punch out, janitorial work may be just what you were looking for. The pay can be anywhere from $8 – $10 an hour, but it may also be around 4 hours per night with more hours on the weekends.

4. Home Care – Many home care positions do not require a certification such as Certified Nursing Assistant or any other type of certification and are entry level. If you are compassionate, have a good work ethic and arrive to work on time, you can find a good home care position to take on hours in the evenings or on weekends to make ends meet.

5. Tutoring – If you want to make your own schedule, you can look for a tutoring position where you can schedule students at your convenience usually twice per week. Tutoring can pay very well, up to $15 per hour or more depending upon whether you have degree or certifications of your own. Certified teachers make more when tutoring than non-certified teachers, but you can still create a decent income.

What kinds of jobs did you take on while building your business? What were you able to accomplish when you did take on that job?

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6 thoughts on “Why you should work and own a business at the same time

  • August 9, 2015 at 7:31 am

    Tamara, when I read your about me page I found It to be heart-wrenching but also inspirational. You have been through so much and yet you still want to help black women have a better life. A lot of women would give up and be angry. But not you. Your website opens up avenues for the black women to reach for more and succeed.Your site is greatly needed in the world today. You are offering a wonderful service. Good Job!

    • August 9, 2015 at 2:43 pm

      Thank you so much for that heartfelt comment, Cheri. It reminds me that what I am doing is good and I am on the right track. When I was unsure of my direction, I could have used a website like this to help me become clear and focused and for encouragement on the way. I am also providing resources to make this path easier. If I can inspire one person, then I’ve done my job!

  • August 13, 2015 at 4:03 am

    Hi Tamara,
    We’ve all had to do different things at different times to make ends meet. And there is no shame to be found in working a job when needed.
    Thankfully there are people like you to point the way and give inspiration to those in need.
    These are some really great ideas for black women (or any woman) to use when seeking job resources.

    Best of luck in your business!


    • August 13, 2015 at 4:13 am

      Thank you Marant!
      We all need reminders that it’s okay to look for resources that will best help to meet your goals. Many people become judgemental when they see an entrepreneur make certain decisions despite what their focus has been, like getting a job at some point. We all hit rough spots and need additional help and we all have a right to make the best decisions we can make to get from point A to point B.

  • March 13, 2017 at 2:07 am

    Hi Tamara:
    This article was a must read for me. I have been grappling with do I press ahead and concentrate full-time on my affiliate marketing business or do I at the same time try to find part time work to supplement my remaining early retirement/3 years after lay off funds until I take early SS next year when I turn 62???

    I know what you suggest makes a lot of sense and really is the right thing to do for my situation. I have do what I know is the right thing for me and not let fear of age discrimination and rejection stand in my way.

    Will you update the information in this article at some point?

    Regardless, I do thank you for the encouragement that part-time work is out there and and I wish you continued success in your business as well.


    • June 1, 2017 at 2:58 pm

      Hello Barbara!

      Thank you for commenting and I’m really happy you got something valuable from this article. I will be updating the information in this article and also revamping the websitarticle so that it can provide an easier navigation.

      Good luck to you!



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