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The Part Time Startup

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Part Time Startup is a guide for persons who are currently employed full time but want to know what kind of business they are to create.

Synopsis

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, but also a successful
business!
We start with the key things any start up needs, giving you insight into helpful things to consider as you
start your business. Then we take you back – as far back in time 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. As we finish reviewing ourselves, 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.

There are many persons who would like to start their own business but are fearful of leaving their current jobs. It can get scary sometimes to leave your 9 – 5 even when you hate your boss and your job. However, if persons had someone to walk them through the process, more people would walk away from the horrible jobs they tolerate out of fear. This is where D.M. Christensen comes in and saves the day. The author provides a roadmap for employed persons who desire to grow a business while deciding when to quit their jobs.


I understand and love the book because I think this is great business advice for persons who are not sure how to proceed. I left my full-time job last December to run the small business I started while I was still employed as a Librarian. If I had this book, it would not have taken me five years to make that transition. The author reminds persons about the real reason startups fail. I believe that people really need to hear that bit of information because too many blame their ideas when the business fails. D.M. Christensen does not only focus on the startup, but also on the attitude of the person starting the business. This is the winning combination that so many other books are missing. The book is easy to read with not too many pages.


“While choice is important, both action and non-action are equally critical.”


In Part Time Startup, the author provides three different options for creating a startup. The options include a business that will always be a side hustle, a business that will become full time, or a business that will secure your retirement. Whatever the selected option, D.M. Christensen advises everyone to think about how the startup will affect their end goal. The book discusses relevant areas that will make or break a startup.


If you are looking for ways to gain control of your life, then this book is for you. If you hate your boss and your job (even if it is high paying) and need a change, this book is for you. I recommend this book to those who have great startup ideas but lack the confidence to move forward. 

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Mardene Carr is from the beautiful Island of Jamaica. She is a trained Librarian, doctoral student, blogger, journal reviewer, proofreader,and editor. She has authored several journal articles and blog posts. Mardene is also a motivational speaker and international student coach.

Synopsis

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, but also a successful
business!
We start with the key things any start up needs, giving you insight into helpful things to consider as you
start your business. Then we take you back – as far back in time 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. As we finish reviewing ourselves, 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.

Forward

The goal of this book is to guide you on your way to determining what you want and what kind of business you want to create. 


If you are looking to start the next Google, the next Facebook, or some other similar company, you probably won’t gain a ton of value from this book. What you might find, however, is a way to grow a business that allows you to make the decision of when, or if you quit your job, enabling you to build a better life. 

As you read, you might start wondering what drove me to write this. Well, when you hate your boss, but the job pays well, you feel like you don’t have control. Ever been there? I know I have. (O, and in case my current boss is reading this -- for the record, my current bosses are amazing) 

Eventually, you get to the point where you have to find a way to gain control of your life. Enter this book. With some luck, you will find a way to feel free from a bad boss, and free to walk away if you ever need to – without worrying about where your next paycheck is coming from. If all goes well, you’ll become your own boss and your own income generator. Some people call this making sure you have your “F you” money. I view this as a way to free yourself, but more importantly, to keep your soul alive for those days when you hate what you do. They have happened to all of us, after all. 

There is something else about this book that you should know. It is much more about you, then about a startup. While you might feel that this book title is a bit misleading, having consulted for many start up companies, it isn’t the idea that fails a startup. It’s the person. Yes – YOU. You will be the reason any start up business you create is successful or fails. That is why much of this book focus’ on your development before we ever touch the key foundational aspects to consider when you are choosing and building your company.  

PART I – The Part-Time Startup: Building Your Business

 

The Beginning

What am I passionate about? That was the question 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. When you’ve managed to earn as much outside of an impressive career as you have within that career, you realize that maybe that is a topic that people want to learn about! Maybe about how you’ve managed to build a business that can allow you to walk away from any job, and still feel financially unconcerned – all done by the time you were 30.  

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

One of the things you’ll be thinking about when you start reading this book is making more money. That's one reason to read, and, of course, a pretty 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 you, the reader, will walk away feeling that you have the ability 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 everything they do. When we think about what's going to make us successful, every choice we make has the 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 you are 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. Let’s take 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 that 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. Yes, I put a picture of 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 possibilities. Jokes can only do so much work after all. My hope is that you'll both like and learn from this reading experience. Let's start from the beginning.

About the author

Author of "The Part Time Startup" & soon to be released "Masters of the Bullshitting Arts." D. M. Is a successful entrepreneur & on the fast track in corporate America, constantly working corporate priorities and progressing. Learn how to integrate work & life! The humour makes these a must read. view profile

Published on January 08, 2020

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