Who doesn’t want to be their own boss? I am sure your hand shoots up every time someone asks you this question. But is being your own boss as easy as it sounds?
When you work for an employer, as long as you show up and do your work, you know you will get paid each week or month.
This is not true when you are your own boss. You are responsible for keeping yourself busy with clients or customers in order to see that income. If you decide to slack off and not work as much, this will be reflected in your income, or lack of one.
In order to run your own business and be in control of your income you need to put a few things into place first.
Marketing & Business Plan
If you don’t have some type of business plan you are going to be lost right out of the gate.
Not having a plan means that you don’t have a plan of action for each day. Instead of working you may find yourself staring at your computer screen or surfing the web for hours at a time. By the end of the day, you may be tired, but you have been totally unproductive.
Your first step is to start formulating a business plan. This can consist of setting goals for income, creating products, and building a mailing list. Write out your goals and place them somewhere you can see them each day.
To Do Lists
Having a to‐do list is a great way to keep yourself productive. Each morning you will know what tasks or items have to be tackled.
You won’t waste time in figuring out what to do either. Your productivity levels will increase and this will actually help you free up time.
Planning in Advance While this can be part of your business plan, you want to work out your personal plans in advance too.
If you like to take time off at Christmas or in the summer then it is important to plan well in advance for this.
By planning and scheduling your work, you can easily take time off and still earn money while you are away from your home office.
It is important to take time off to spend with your family while building your business.
Being your own boss means you are wearing all types of hats.
You need to perform customer service, market your business, develop relationships, find customers and clients and more. If this sounds like a challenge you would enjoy, then you could just be ready to be your own boss!