How to be Productive When you are your Own Boss? (Continued)
Let’s stay with this subject and take a closer look: how to be productive when you are your own boss.
There are aspects not addressed in my other post that are worth discussing.
Mind you, I want you to be well prepared (mentally) by the time you launch your online business.
So, what are the advantages of working as your own supervisor?
And what are the possible drawbacks?
There are some problems that people who have been their own bosses for a long time complain about.
One is losing focus.
It is easy to spend a lot of time working on something that you really shouldn't. The problem is you have no boss (other than yourself).
A boss's job is to look at the big picture.
Often by looking at the big picture, a boss will realize that their employee is spending too much time working on something when that time would be better spent somewhere else.
So now, when you work in your own online business, you have to learn to manage yourself...
Deliberately look objectively at yourself... something that is often quite hard to do.
Another one is losing the sense of urgency.
It is so easy to miss your own deadline because there is no one to hold you accountable.
At first, you work really hard and don't see progress.
Studying is essential but it doesn't feel like you're doing real work when you're studying.
So you get discouraged.
But rest assured, studying is vital.
One can easily make mistakes by setting priorities poorly.
As a beginner, you're not quite sure what is important and what's not.
Every guru gives you different advice.
Soon you're changing directions so much that you know that you're not making progress.
If you are part of a group of people who help each other…
…and have an old pro who has done it before advising you…
Then you are much more likely to do the right thing, get ideas from other people and make much faster progress.
Additionally, you don't feel so discouraged when you are talking to other people who are or have faced the same frustrations.
Does it mean you should hire your own boss or must work in a team?
But be prepared to accept temporarily losing momentum and faith, feeling down and wanting to reach out to someone who has the silver bullet.
The minute you decided to start your business in the middle of this pandemic, you created enough energy to move a mountain.
So, do not despair, accept small flops as natural parts of any venture.
You must learn from them and move on.
Because, after all, you are the boss!