Be your own boss. Sounds good huh? It is good, really good, most days.
As I send my kids off to school I have a plan, not to get distracted. To create! All day! At the end of the day, I want to feel like a famous painter, writer, dancer, or producer leaving their studio at 4 P.M. with a stretch, a yawn and thinking to myself it is good to be me!
Some days being your own boss actually go like this, really!–others not so much.
I am accosted by technical issues (WordPress plugins, email failures).
My child forgets something for school (lunch, gym shoes, school assignment)and off I go.
The outside world barges in with phone calls and must handle now emergencies. (health insurance, heaters, cars)
None of this is on my schedule. I don’t have time for this! When will I get my work done.
Being my own boss is not new to me and on certain levels even as a new blogger/entrepreneur; it is not really new to you either. As an adult, 99% of the folks reading this are managing the corporation of YOU right now.
The business of YOU/Family is a real business.
There is income, human resources, property acquisition and maintenance, budgeting and time management. You are the boss or co-partner in this adventure called Family Life right?
5 Reasons Why You Already Know How to Be Your Own Boss
#1 Learning New Skills–You do this everyday from how to make a new recipe, to new ideas and systems you use to manage your time, and money.
# 2 Organization Management–Just getting yourself or family ready to head out the door to school or work takes massive organizational skills, feeding, clothing, collecting items that need to go, and making it on time are all examples of organizational skills you already possess.
# 3 Time Management–Meeting the deadlines of a hungry household is no joke. Groceries, meal planning and prep, clean laundry, picking kids up, and paying bills on time are all arranged by time. You’ve got this already. If you don’t use a calendar, start planning your day with one and see how well you already manage your time.
#4 Networking Skills–Meeting other mom’s for play-dates, socializing at school, church, community functions, and volunteering all of these events are just networking.
Working from home may mean you do this professionally via computer with women all over the world; but hey, you got this! You already know how to introduce yourself, ask a few good questions and listen quietly to another person, right?
#5 Passion and Focus–Remember that time, when you were 8,9, or10 and all you wanted was the Barbie Dream House, a bike with tassels or a pony. You dreamed about it, drew pictures of it, begged your parents for it.
That is passion and focus. Take that 8 year old by the hand and tell her now she can dream and develop a business and a life she will love. Set her free to follow the butterflies and watch what happens. Failure is how we develop greatness. So get going, you can do this!
There is income, human resources, property acquisition and maintenance, budgeting and time management.
You are the boss or co-partner in this adventure called Family Life right?
Good, now that you are a work at home person; there is a new category to add to this already functioning business. I invite you to answer these questions; as if, you were hiring someone for the position you are creating in your life right now.
What is “your work from home” and “be your own boss” job description?
What exactly will this person do on a day-to-day basis?
How many hours a day?
What will be completed?
What products or services will be the result?
What measures will be used to define success?
What are the overall goals?
Can they be measured? How? Put on a calendar?
How does this person get compensated?
What qualities will this person possess?
Integrate Your Work At Home Job into Your Family Management Job
Now take this job description do the same thing for the job that you already do for home management. Did you come out with an 8 day work week with 16 hour days. Yep! That is the trap.
Here is the answer. Revisit both job descriptions with a realistic look at the calendar. What are the interruptions that might happen, social engagements, or issues that might float onto the calendar?
Put everything down on the Family/be your own boss calendar!
Wait! Do not get overwhelmed remember who you are and why you are doing this. You are your own boss!
You have the right and the authority to start eliminating items on the calendar and to set properties on your time.
Constantly ask yourself is this part of my focus for today or did I let it creep in? Did someone else put this on my list or did I? I am my own boss. I make the decisions.
The key is giving yourself permission to actually make the decisions a boss would make each day. You have all the authority and responsibility to make your daily focus what it needs to be that day.
You are your own boss. I hereby give you permission to act like it. Comment below and let me know what decisions you made today to be your own boss!
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