Do you find spending time in long boring meetings uninspiring? Would you rather do something more tangible than write a 40 page report? Would you prefer to be accountable for the results you achieve rather than constantly deferring decisions to a higher authority? You may want to consider entrepreneurship and doing your own thing.
Like most things in life, “being the boss” is a double edged sword which cuts both ways. If you thought being the boss meant you are only accountable to yourself you will be wrong. Every boss has a boss: president to board, board member to chair and chair to shareholders.
Making decisions as an entrepreneur is a bit like traveling with work for the first time. In the beginning it is a fun filled adventure, and truly exciting. After a while the novelty wears off and travel (while still fun) becomes more like work. Long line ups at the airport, delayed or cancelled flights, lots of time away from the family and all while living out of a suitcase.
Making decisions as “the boss” is a lot like traveling for work. In the beginning freedom to make decisions is exhilarating. Then, after a while, having someone to bounce ideas off and that sober second thought of a third party becomes more important. Even if you are in business by yourself having advisors, mentors, and/or a peer group is essential.
The great thing about being the boss in your own business is the freedom to get stuff done. While every boss has a boss, you still set the strategy and deliver the results. If you are action oriented and results driven, being the boss is far more empowering than being an employee.
On that note we’ll have more details on our Employee to Entrepreneur program to announce soon. Please feel free to email me at ian[at]thecodefactory[dot]ca for more information.
“You are the boss” means making difficult decisions in a timely fashion, being accountable and getting results.
- Ian Graham