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Supporting your seedling business 🌱 with bridge work is normal and good.

Supporting your seedling business 🌱 with bridge work is normal and good.

When people are first wanting to venture into self-employment or grow their own small business, they think it requires a big leap, and going all in. But here’s what actually happens: A big leap is not that common. Here’s the behind-the-scenes of what helps in the meantime.

MOST people have something else going on to pay the bills for a while… a long while.

For instance, they might keep their business idea as a side gig for years, or they might start their business and get what I call “bridge work” alongside, such as consulting or part-time contract work in a field you already know.

The key takeaway here is that “bridge work” is the NORM. It’s NOT a failure of your business, or of you! It’s also good for you and your business.

Why bridge work is GOOD for you and your business:

  1. Then you won’t put so much pressure on your business “seedling” to do the work of a grown tree. That’s not good for your business if you are yanking on little sprouts. 🌱
  2. It keeps you feeling useful and valuable by still contributing and getting paid.
  3. It gets the money flowing so you can breathe and pay the bills. 😅 (I like breathing room.)
  4. It could also be a form of networking. Example: If you’re an Uber driver on the side but you want to be a grant-writer, you could be having connecting conversations with interested people on those rides. (Hey, get paid to do networking.)
  5. You could be building on your business skills like bookkeeping, project management, or newsletter writing. (Getting paid to learn!)
  6. Your family members won’t freak out as much about the lack of earning, and that’s good for everyone’s mental health.

How does that sound? I hope you’re feeling reassured.

Warning: Not all jobs are good for your business. Here’s a checklist for the right kind of bridge work.

Tips for making it work

In my own journey, I used a combination of things to fill the gaps for a while. I started out on the side, then as I ventured out more, I did bridge consulting work on the side. I gradually tapered off the bridge consulting while growing my coaching business. [more about what got me through the transition]

I tried not to pressure my business to provide all the income until it actually could.

Bottom Line

No more yanking on the little sprout of a business.

Let it grow great and strong over time, with support.

"Let me look upward into the branches of the towering oakand know that it grew great and strong because it grew slowly and well." ~Wilferd Arlan Peterson
“Let me look upward into the branches of the towering oak and know that it grew great and strong because it grew slowly and well.” ~Wilferd Arlan Peterson
Val Nelson

Val Nelson

I’ve been a self-employed career/business/purpose coach since 2009. I help introverts and HSPs (like me) who want to make a difference — in a way that fits our practical needs too.
[More about Val, coaching, and courses.]

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