It really doesn’t matter what type of business you have, if you are an entrepreneur, you will face the challenge of learning how to effectively be your own boss. As the driving force behind the success of your business, managing your goals, your whims and even your emotions can be some of the greatest personal challenges that you must overcome on your journey. The appeal of working for yourself and chasing your dreams can quickly become a nightmare scenario if you allow yourself to become ineffective, unmotivated and unprofitable.
As you chase your idea of success, whatever that may entail, you must simultaneously put significant effort into managing the expectations you have for yourself and others. Since there is no course you can take to learn how to “be your own best boss”, you can do the following simple things to help you play to your strengths:
- Learn time management. Leaving the world of office work does not magically eliminate your need for schedules and self-discipline. When you work for yourself, no one can make you get up and get going, yet alone schedule meetings, work sales or put in the legwork.
- Hire for your weaknesses, focus on your strengths. It’s really okay to admit to the areas where you are not gifted. From accounting to marketing, recognize where you need help and get it. Doing it all yourself saves money in the beginning, but with growth comes new challenges. If you can’t do it all well, it may be a sign that you need to look elsewhere for support.
- Find a leader. Mentors and business leaders are invaluable sources of information, support and inspiration. If you do not have someone to provide practical information and keep you on course, you may find great benefit in seeking out a mentor.
School cannot prepare you to be your own boss. Whether you quit your job in order to chase a specific vision or ended up running your own business by happy accident, managing yourself may be even more challenging than managing others and the various challenges that pop up. A little self-evaluation and a bit of hard work can help you become the best boss you’ve ever had.
By Meagan Kerlin for Vertu Marketing LLC