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Starting a Company When You Have a Day Job

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You're gainfully employed with a steady paycheck, but you have a great idea for your own company. Should you quit your job to launch your venture?

In this interview with EIX, "Third Shift Entrepreneur" author Todd Connor provides wise advice about making the leap without jeopardizing your financial future. Connor has played many roles in life: Navy officer, management consultant, entrepreneur and author. However, a common theme of his experiences has been finding ways to help people of all ages to reach their potential. For example, the organization he founded, Bunker Labs, helps veterans start and grow their businesses and now has chapters across the U.S. And as Executive Director of Military Schools for Chicago Public Schools, Todd led JROTC programs for 11,000 high school students. More recently, Todd has founded a new organization, the Collective Academy, that provides career and leadership development programs for individuals and organizations.

He counsels future entrepreneurs to leave full time work only when it's riskier to stay there than to be on their own. "It's about keeping an eye on tomorrow, without creating a financial liability," he says.

Check out the video for more advice. Says Connor: "You are really closer than you think to starting something."

Todd Connor
Todd Connor
Founder / Bunker Labs
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Daniel Forbes
Daniel Forbes
Senior Editor for EIX & Associate Professor / Carlson School of Management / University of Minnesota
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DOI: 10.32617/561-5f4fbcdea3087
Connor, T., & Forbes, D. (2020, September 2). Starting a company when you have a day job. Entrepreneur & Innovation Exchange. Retrieved June 16, 2024, from
Connor, Todd, and Daniel Forbes. "Starting a Company When You Have a Day Job" Entrepreneur & Innovation Exchange. 2 Sep. 2020. Web 16 Jun. 2024 <>.