Nowadays everybody wants to be their own boss. It’s a cool and trendy thing to do on social media. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with wanting to own your business and work for yourself. Isn’t that apart of the American dream? Sorta. Before another social media guru sales you another e-course to become an overnight millionaire. Hold tight on processing that payment. I know, I know…your job sucks, your boss is a moron, your girlfriends nag about your long work hours, your grandparents have a more active social life than you, and you don’t want someone else to steal your idea. Gotcha. Listen, we’ve all been there a few times uncomfortable. I’m not saying you should quit your job tomorrow and work from home 40 hours a week just to be apart of the wave of online entrepreneurs. What am I saying exactly? I’m saying you should really take a step back and evaluate the reasons why you want to become your own boss and if now really is the time to do so.
Why am I trying to bust your entrepreneurial bubble?!
Besides being a good friend. I want to make sure you’re making a well-informed decision about your future. And I want discounts for when you launch your business lol!
When I quit my corporate gig to write full time from home as a writer. I thought I was nuts and a few crayons short. I knew in my heart it was time for a change in my life especially professionally. I was not growing creatively or professionally in the workplace. I was bored and stuck in a rut. I needed to be challenged mentally. Yep, I was cute in my little office job and fancy building overlooking the city. But by the end of the work week, I was looking for the nearest exit and a reason to leave my work-life behind me. After three years of steady employment, I’d become “one of those” people. You know the type. The type that hates their job and searches for something new on their lunch break. Frequently updating their resume on LinkedIn. Secretly envying all of those Instagram models and bloggers who get paid to travel the world and sip coffee in the afternoon. Yep, I was becoming a sour Betty. Today, I work for myself from the comfort of my home. I’m a copywriter for several online businesses. I also ghostwrite novels and ebooks for individuals and business owners. I write my own check, create my own schedule, and nap inappropriately in the afternoon like it’s nobody’s business.
Was it easy becoming my own boss? No. Was it worth it? Yes!
Here’s what you need to know about becoming your own boss:
- Identify your strengths and weaknesses: This is very important to understanding your success as your own boss. When you run your own business in the beginning, you may not have the finances to outsource the task. You will be taking on everything yourself and that’s okay. The important thing is to identify your weaknesses and improve, balance your strengths. For example, if your strengths are organization and planning, you can prepare your marketing and business plan. But, if your weakness is resolving customer concerns or poor communication. You can ask for customer feedback, have patience and be an active listener, take ownership of the mistake, and learn as you grow.
- Be prepared for the up and down seasons: Most business owners will tell you early on that there were periods in their business development that things dried up. Clients were far and in between, sales dropped, and visibility was limited. You can do everything right and still go through dry spells where nothing is working. When this happens you can’t quit or give up on your business. That should be the last thing you should do. Instead, get creative and resourceful. For example, when I’m in between ghostwriting and copywriting clients I work on ebooks. I offer one on one coaching, I promote my services and knowledge in Live video, I network, and continue to promote my services. The hard times are going to come when they do embrace it and take the opportunity to build on your business.
- Don’t be afraid to fail publicly or privately: You’re not going to make all the right choices in the early stages of your business. You’re going to make some mistakes and bounce back. The important thing is not to repeat the same mistakes over and over again. People are going to judge you and your business for the good and bad. You have to be comfortable with either response. Don’t run away from the failures in your business. Trust me, more companies have found success after restrategizing and learning from their mistakes. It’s not easy being your own boss. However, it’s possible to be the leader you’ve always imagined. Step into your role confidently!
Just because everyone is quitting their jobs and starting businesses doesn’t mean the time is right for you. People only reveal the highlights of their success stories. Very rarely do people expose their mistakes and shortcomings. Why? Because most people are afraid to admit that their journey was not as picture perfect as their project. It takes money, sacrifice, and commitment to be the boss. It’s not a role you should step into lightly. When you’re ready it’s not going to be pretty. A band is not going to escort you out the front door of the workplace. Things are going to be challenging in the beginning for you personally and professionally. You have to be okay with your choices and be prepared to execute the vision for your life. Trust me, it pays to be the BOSS of your life!