Practically everyone can remember the bosses they have had in their professional lives, the good the bad and the ugly.
While you may never forget particularly horrible bosses and the reasons they earned such renown, it’s the great bosses that have the most influence the way we develop and conduct ourselves on a professional level. For people that want to take their career, indeed their lives, into their own hands, becoming their own boss is a viable choice.
While it may seem like a dream situation to be your own boss, it’s easy to fall into traps that can sabotage the efforts of the best intentioned entrepreneur.
Before taking the plunge into the pool of the self-employed, it would be wise to make sure you have some basic survival tactics to help get you through the tough times and be the success that you have dreamed of.
Some of the most important basics to adhere to are:
Remember The Features Of Your Most Influential Bosses And Employ Them
If a boss falls into this category because he or she set goals, had a plan and followed through to a conclusion, take that lesson into account and do the same.
It helps to write things down and even post them in a conspicuous place where they will be a visual reminder of what it is you want to achieve professionally.
Don’t be afraid to inject your own style into how you operate, however, as you are working for yourself after all.
If you work better managing smaller tasks at a time, then set yourself up to work that way. You need to recognise your strengths and capitalise on them.
Use Your Resources Wisely And Reward Yourself Accordingly
As your own boss, you alone will be the most invested in your bottom line. You will need to work as efficiently as possible, spend wisely and maximise the resources at hand.
This doesn’t mean that you cannot have help occasionally. When you sit down and do the math for how much it costs you to take care of tedious administrative tasks that take you away from your “real” work, you have to ask yourself if that is the best way to get the job done.
You may find that hiring someone, even only on occasion, to do some book keeping or other mundane yet necessary jobs, will save you money in the long run if it frees you up to dedicate more time to the craft that you earn your money with.
Be As Kind To Yourself As You Were Treated By Your Best Boss
The best bosses are goal driven, yet fair, honest, and kind. Give yourself the same treatment and don’t be too hard on yourself when you miss a deadline, struggle with a project or some other minor setback.
Step back, assess the situation and be gentle enough with yourself that you feel encouraged to move forward.
Remember that you are human, you will learn through trial and error and if you aren’t making mistakes and realising a failure once in a while, you probably aren’t taking risks and won’t grow professionally as a result.