Do you dream of being your own boss? If you want to start a business, but aren’t quite ready to give up your job and its accompanying security, salary and benefits, don’t worry; you don’t have to. Working full time doesn’t have to mean giving up on your entrepreneurial dreams. In fact, starting a business while working full time is a great way to test the waters of entrepreneurship and gradually grow your startup into a full-time business.

Welcome to the world of business ownership! Those who pursue the entrepreneurial route are of a different cut than the rest of the population: driven to pursue a passion and carve their own path to success. We’re so glad you’ve chosen this road. We at SCORE exist to support your efforts as a small business owner every step of the way—from dipping your toe in the water of a great idea to the full-fledged launch of your venture. Use this guide to make exactly that leap and utilize the support of a SCORE mentor and the small business resources of The UPS Store to make the transition as smooth and effective as possible.

Congratulations on taking the first step towards a new venture! We know firsthand that small businesses make a big impact, providing products and services across the country. Each and every one of our nearly 4,500 The UPS Store® locations is run by individuals just like you—men and women who made the decision to leave behind the daily grind to make their mark with a business of their own. They understand the day-in and day-out challenges and opportunities of running your own business. Because they stand beside you, The UPS Store franchisees use their experience as small business owners to ease the struggles and stresses of their small business customers—and celebrate their successes.

16 Steps to Starting a Business While Working Full Time