The answer to this question is: Yes, of course you can! Now, the way in which you juggle your day job and your start up can create some challenges but it is very possible. While you may have the passion for your new business, you will need to use your self discipline and strategic skills to make it work.
It's obvious you need to stay on your day job, so here is some advice from four entrepreneurs who were able to do it and stay in good standing with their jobs. First, let's hear from Chris Altchek of PolicyMic who says its possible. In fact, he kept his day job with Goldman Sachs before launching his business:
"Many investors will want to speak with former employers as a reference. If you've let your side project get in the way of your full-time commitments, you may be hurting your chances more than you think."
Whether it's your job, or whether it's your family, it is very difficult. It's all about long hours. There's the whole thing of finding more time in existing busy lives. Those who manage to do that are really successful."— Eric Lagier, founder of Memolane, a tech company that builds web activity timelines