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Business & Economics

The Part Time Startup- Building a Business while working full time

By D. M. Christensen

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Very little of the book is related to the title, and half of it is written by someone else. A few good points are discussed on the subject.

Synopsis

Trying to grow a business while still having that full time job? In this book, we dive into what it takes to build a business while working full time. There are a lot of people who glamourize the idea of quitting your job, and jumping in to create a startup – which you are more than welcome to do of course. Or, you can be one of those super successful people who not only have a successful career,butalsoa successful business!
We start with your choices from early in life – as far back as middle school. We then go through what kind of internships and educational choices you’ve made or are going to make. Next, we investigate how your choices shape your ability to deliver professional success, and how that impacts your ability to maintain what is important in your life. Only after we’ve reviewed ourselves, do we piece together how to integrate your success with how to develop and grow your new business.
Learn how you can convert your passion into success, integrating your whole self with your mission. Then use your integrity and vision to give you the freedom, confidence, and security we all seek in our lives.

Mr. Christensen has a lot of potential as an author, yet still has much to learn. One of the most fundamental points to keep in mind when writing a book is to have its contents inextricably linked to its title, but that is something Christensen doesn't seem to follow here, as less than a tenth of his book (24 of 268 pages) concretely discusses the matter of "Building a Business while working full time." Additionally, over 50% of it isn't even written by the author himself, but just a classic placed into his own book to fill space. If I wanted to read the work of George Clason rather than that of Mr. Christensen I wouldn't have read this book, so that certainly shouldn't have been included, or, if anything, just been discussed briefly in one or a few chapters.


Based on the title, the third part of the book should've been the main framework, and the advice offered in the two first incorporated therein. The 24 main pages should've been expanded upon, step-by-step discussed the various difficulties that can arise when starting a business while working or studying full-time, and provided specific principles and processes to follow in order to have as high a probability of success as possible. Self improvement in different spheres of life is certainly relevant for this, but should be tied into this discussion rather than be treated separately.


Regarding the 24-page-long key discussion itself, it does indeed provide some useful guidelines. Having read some of the classics in the field like Think and Grow Rich, Rich Dad Poor Dad, and Extreme Ownership, I don't consider The Part Time Startup to have anything that one cannot also find in such books, but that is a rather high standard to set for an amateur author. Still, Mr. Christensen does indeed make some important points to keep in mind when making decisions on what kind of business to establish, challenges and precautionary measures, having an ends-oriented perspective, do's and don'ts when getting business partners, choosing mentors, etc. This shows, I think, that Christensen has a lot of good advise to offer, but that much of its perceived value may to many readers get lost in the way it's communicated, and that there is significant room for improvement in terms of the structure of the book.


If there's one piece of advice I'd offer the author for future writing, it'd be to study the classics and his own favorite books, and derive lessons from how these seem to have been written so well. If one looks carefully, one may learn quite a bit from this book, but the author has the responsibility to make this as simple and clear-cut as possible for the average reader.

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I'm a student whose interests vary between economics, history, politics, psychology, philosophy, and others. Economics is my favorite subject, and I have reading and writing as active hobbies outside of my academic work.

Synopsis

Trying to grow a business while still having that full time job? In this book, we dive into what it takes to build a business while working full time. There are a lot of people who glamourize the idea of quitting your job, and jumping in to create a startup – which you are more than welcome to do of course. Or, you can be one of those super successful people who not only have a successful career,butalsoa successful business!
We start with your choices from early in life – as far back as middle school. We then go through what kind of internships and educational choices you’ve made or are going to make. Next, we investigate how your choices shape your ability to deliver professional success, and how that impacts your ability to maintain what is important in your life. Only after we’ve reviewed ourselves, do we piece together how to integrate your success with how to develop and grow your new business.
Learn how you can convert your passion into success, integrating your whole self with your mission. Then use your integrity and vision to give you the freedom, confidence, and security we all seek in our lives.

The Beginning


What am I passionate about? That was the question I found I kept returning to when I first started thinking about writing.

I thought about what I often ended up coaching and mentoring on, and I thought about my own accomplishments, the things people always said, “hey, yeah, that's pretty impressive,” in response to when I talked about them.

I realized I’ve been successful in ensuring that when I work for a company, they’re not my only source of income! As a result, I’ve been somewhat freed to be able to make decisions and take actions without having to fear what my bosses think or, worst case, without fearing potentially losing my job. This freedom is empowering. It lets me think clearly, strategically, and fearlessly. 

Making more money is one of the things you’ll be thinking about when you start reading this book. That's one reason to read, and, of course, a good one. Learning how to balance building a business while maintaining the safety and security of your career is another reason.

Personally, one thing I always want to prevent is growing fearful of getting fired from my job, of losing that stream of income.

That source of income represents a sense of security and peace of mind. My goal is that every reader is going to walk away feeling about how they can be “cause in the matter”, as well as how to take ownership, take control, and make sure that you walk away, Truly in control of your destiny. 

This is a book designed for people to really understand how important their choices are, in all things they do. When we think about what's going to make us successful, every choice we make has potential to make or break that success.

Furthermore, it’s crucial to recognize that while choice is important, both action and non-action are equally critical. Do your actions and the choices you make stem from a true understanding of what decisions are you making? What planning did you put in place? What did you do for pre-work? What did you come prepared for? These are questions we’ll learn to continually ask. Taking a page out of the book “the art of war” – the victorious warriors win first, then they go to war.

In this book, we're going to go through a whole bunch of different topics. At the end of the day, you’ll likely love it or hate it. For my sake, if you hate it, I hope it still occasionally makes you laugh. As we go through the chapters, you might find yourself grinning and thinking, Huh, this book is the greatest thing since sliced bread

Maybe you’ll laugh. More than likely, you might find yourself saying, “Holy shit, that arrogant prick is clearly from the northeast, and doesn't get anything or anyone outside himself or his circle. I wasted money on this?” Okay, so perhaps that’s an extreme reaction. But I believe in covering all the possibilities. Jokes can only do so much work after all. My hope is you'll both like and learn from this reading experience. Let's start from the beginning.


About the author

After having built a startup on the side over the last 8 years while simultaneously being (if I may say so myself) successful in my career, I sought to share how entrepreneurs can be successful without giving up security from a career. view profile

Published on October 12, 2019

20000 words

Worked with a Reedsy professional 🏆

Genre: Business & economics

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