So, Ya Wanna Be Your Own Boss
I know a lot of people say they would LOVE to be their own boss. Make all the decisions, not get caught up in the office politics, or obsess about whether you come in 5 minutes late every day. But I wonder if they have really thought it through?
I have been working for myself, *almost* as my own boss (I’ll explain in a bit) since about 2003 or 2004. I don’t remember the exact year. At that time, I actually became an Independent Contractor as a graphics person. So technically, I could name my availability and my hourly rate and such, but I still was hired by companies who essentially became like bosses to me.
The client is always the boss. Even if you’re independent.
One of the things I noticed when I became an IC was that it really worked well with my psychology. I didn’t feel like I had an employer who was cheating me or an HR department I had to answer to. I only had to answer to my own integrity and reputation. If a client didn’t like the work I gave them, then we parted ways amicably. They just didn’t hire me for the next project.
I knew, though, that I always had to give my best. My 100% effort, because it was my reputation and my name, and no one would hire me back if I was a slacker. When I was an employee, I found myself complaining about managers and bosses and HR and I would slack off sometimes. But not so much when I was an independent contractor – because my name and reputation were on the line and it was a matter of honor and integrity.
Fast forward a few years, and I was no longer an Independent Contractor. I actually had a business, and I worked from home. I was literally my own boss. I started this article off by saying “So Ya Wanna Be Your Own Boss…” for a specific reason: not everyone is cut out to be their own boss.
Working from home, or from your laptop abroad, or the local coffee shop is a luxury that requires self-discipline.
I still have to do the things a legitimate business requires: write posts that will be helpful to people, correspond with them, inspire them, educate them (and keep up with my own education). Also, for me and my own business model, I still like to make video posts to go with my blogs so that the people who aren’t into reading so much can just watch or listen to my videos instead. I have to help students who are struggling and also within our private groups on Facebook, I help out there too. I still have to do proper bookkeeping, but I look at it as a testament to the fact that I don’t need a J.O.B. to make money anymore!
I DO have to “suit up and show up” (but my suit can be sweats if I want! ha)
So being my own boss is a responsibility I am grateful for and celebrate 🙂 I do not have to commute anywhere if I don’t want to. I never have to drive in rush-hour, or punch a time-clock, or drive in the rain or the snow or the dark unless I feel like it. I can go to the lakes or take my hikes, or go to my archery course, or whatever fun thing I’m into at the moment. I can go on a roadtrip or take a flight somewhere with laptop, and I’m still in business.
Are You Cut Out To Be Your Own Boss?
I do know that some people initially fall apart if they don’t have an external structure of a J.O.B. around them. In our culture, we are pretty much raised to become good employees for someone else. Make someone else richer while we make ends meet. The first thing I would recommend in transitioning to being your own boss is to “go slowly.” You will get plenty of time in the evenings and on weekends to test your resolve and commitment as far as learning the ropes of your lifestyle business. It is not a get-rich-quick thing. It takes time to learn and time to build it.
It is not a Sprint. It’s a marathon.
If you sign up for our business system (the application… where you get to test-drive it to make sure it’s a good fit for you), you will have plenty of education that you’ll need to make time for, and that will be your first step in building your own “structure” to be your own boss. Clocking in and out for yourself. Suiting up and showing up for your own goals and to make life better for yourself and your loved ones. As time passes and you keep learning more and building more of the nuts n’ bolts of your business, you’re actually TRAINING yourself to be a GOOD BOSS for yourself. It sneaks up on you. Kind of like the old Karate Kid movie where Mr. Miyagi teaches Danielsan “wax on, wax off.”
I would never go back.
Personally, I’ve been working for myself for so long, it’s very difficult for me to imagine what it would be like to go back to a traditional J.O.B. I’m not saying it could never happen — we don’t know what happens in life or in global economies and such. I’m trusting that I never have to go back though, because being my own boss has given me a level of education, confidence and good character that I would never have had if I stayed as a grumbling employee. The “stretching” it has required, the self-discipline, the commitment, and the ongoing self-education it has required has been invaluable in building my character. It has given me tremendous self-respect and conquered a lot of my old fears. I invite you to look into it for yourself. You’ll know if it’s the right thing for you.
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