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boredThere are numerous things that you can do at your paid dayjob that will help you startup your own company. You can use your company-issue desktop computer for all of them. To help you get started, I’ll name you 5:

  1. Learn HTML. There are so many online courses on the internet and several good free HTML editing software programs. Take advantage of these, and save money on website design!
  2. Build a network using Ning or Linkedin.
  3. Keep up with the latest news. Outlook has an exellent RSS reader built into it. Subscribe to your favorite blogs and receive all that useful information in your mailbox. It’ll look like you’re actually working!
  4. Conduct market research, scavenging the internet for useful information
  5. Write your business plan

So… the next time you’re procastinating (that’s putting off) one of your boring tasks, take advantage of that time. Plus: to your boss, it’ll seem like you’re actually being productive. It sure beats patience!

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So you’ve decided to roach your startup: doing everything during your day job. Congratulations! There are a couple of steps you have to take:

1. Identify the business you want to start up
2. Write a business plan (during work hours of course!)
3. Making your first sales
4. Growing your roach

This time, we’ll discuss the first step: identifying the business you want to start.

learnWhat business is suitable for roaching?
Any business that is not overly costly to start (i.e. no large initial investments) and does not require you to be physically around a lot (at first) is suitable. Anything that has to do with internet is a good choice.

So where do I start?
Here’s the thing: get proficient. In social media. In internet. In design. In programming languages (HTML, PHP, Ruby, ASP. The technology doesn’t really matter, it’s just a means to an end).  These are things that take time to learn, but are doable. And, of course, you can learn them during your day job! Maybe you can even get your boss to pay for a course, but there’s a load of good tutorials out there, too.  I’ve included a bunch of links on the bottom of this article for you to start with.

You’ll see that when you get into these things something will emerge from your brain. Maybe you’re good at designing, or maybe you got this crazy idea of a social media networking website that nobody thought about yet. Also, you’ll be able to build your own website and design your own stationairy.

So far, you haven’t spent a dime yet, which is good! Next time, we’ll discuss making a business plan. Should you? If yes, how?

Some links to help you get started
Photoshop tutorials: 1, 2 and 3
Illustrator tutorials: 1 and 2
Adobe software on education license
Learn HTML, PHP, Ruby on Rails
Get a free HTML-editor (also for other programming languages)

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