Become Your Own Boss
By Wendy Stevens @ www.YourMentorForSuccess.com
Self-employment is the ultimate American Dream. Many relish the thought of
setting their own hours, being their own boss, and watching the dream of owning
their own business become a reality. However, entrepreneurship isn’t necessarily
for everyone. The rewards are great, even though the work required to achieve
them can be long and hard.
So what does it take to get a business up and running? It takes a person with
drive and initiative, someone with the next “big idea” and the ability to act on it.
When starting your own business, it’s up to you to get the ball rolling on projects,
meet the deadlines you set for yourself, and follow through on the minor details.
It’s a powerful feeling to know that you’re in charge and reliable enough to get the
In the event that your business requires employees, it’s up to you to determine
the type of people to hire and delegate tasks accordingly. You get to handpick
your staff and direct them daily, as opposed to having someone calling the shots
for you. In times of toil and trial, your employees will look to you for guidance and
support, and what you say ultimately goes.
Because what you say goes, you have to be able to make decisions quickly. You
can certainly go to your employees for their opinion about an issue, but you have
to be able to make quick, resolute decisions independently. Also, it’s up to you to
plan and execute everything from start to finish. Many business fail because of
poor planning and lack of follow-through. It’s up to you to be organized and plan
ahead to make your business successful.
There’s often this misconception that business ownership will mean less work in
the long run. Maybe years from now when the company is off the ground you’ll
be able to work less hours in the day, but in reality, starting a business means
working more hours, more days a week. However, despite the extra hours you
must put in, the payoff is that you own a