Episode 14: Being Your Own Boss
Today we’re talking about being a boss!
After a bit of rambling about The Lonely Island, The Office, John C. Reiley, and The Boss, we get started.
Being your own boss isn’t easy, but it’s a lifestyle and professional choice that many folks make. It’s not about living on a beach making passive income each day. Rather, there’s a lot of work, challenges with time, the ebb & flow of income, finding clients, etc.
Working for yourself and running your own business is a dream to strive for. For Jason, one of the biggest perks of running a business is owning your own schedule. No more asking for PTO, begging for time off, saving PTO for events, balancing time for exercise, etc. – you own your schedule. Manage it.
Being your own boss is also about taking total ownership of your ideas and business. There are far fewer barriers when you’re self-employed – especially when
One of the best feelings of being your own boss is when you pitch an idea to a customer and they buy-in to the idea. They are buying in to you. It’s YOUR win and much more gratifying.
Cash flow. Pfew. Running your own business certainly has ebbs and flows when it comes to business income. You take care of your employees and your bills, but there might not be much leftover sometimes. It happens. One of our biggest suggestion to self-employed folks is to keep selling. It’s really easy to lose focus on selling when you are working on a project, then you’re left with no prospects once you finish a project. Don’t let yourself fall completely into a project and lose sight of your sales process.
As an entrepreneur running your own business, you have flexibility, but you also might find yourself working more hours than when you were 9-5. You can take off to run to the mechanic without having to ask off, but you also might find yourself working in the middle of the night to wrap a project.
Let’s discuss culture. When it’s just you and a small team, you get to completely shape and define the culture of your business. You develop a brand for how your business is presented. You have the flexibility and benefit to shape the direction of your company culture. Pretty awesome.
Also, let’s discuss hats. Hats at work? Professional or not? Who even cares? Let us know!
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Until next time, Hustle on!