The allure of being your own boss is one of the biggest selling points of running your own home-based business. Knowing that you are the only person in charge of your only employee can be a thrill, especially for those who have worked under a demanding or inefficient boss in the past. Whether your past bosses have been strict or lenient, easy-going or ambitious task maskers, there’s a lesson to be learned from them. It’s important to remember as your own boss you are also your own employee and treating yourself well as such is crucial to your success.
As a Work-at-Home Mom – are you a Good Boss or Bad Boss?
Here are some dos and don’ts to keep this delicate balance in check:
Do take your business as seriously as you would working for someone else. While you don’t have a time card to punch every day, keeping yourself accountable to the goals you’ve set should be an area you focus on daily. Whether with a set schedule of your creation , or having an accountability partner, it’s important to create this kind of professional atmosphere within your business.
Don’t allow yourself distractions. This could mean staying off Facebook during your set business hours to focus on work or it could also mean not letting your business interfere with times specifically set aside for family or personal enjoyment. Knowing how to set those boundaries early on will help you enjoy both aspects of your life guilt-free and with more clarity and focus on the task at hand.
Do, however, allow yourself some flexibility. You’re the boss now! If you need to take a few moments to deal with a family situation during your regular business hours, go right ahead. You have to remember that your original goal for owning your business was to set your own hours and be your own boss. Conversely, if an opportunity to share your business comes up at a personal gathering, take it without guilt. The key here is balance, not a line so rigid it can never bend.
Don’t forget to pat yourself on the back. Good employees deserve recognition for their hard work, regular breaks from the daily grind and even compensation for a job well done. A good business model includes tangible rewards for meeting performance expectations, so don’t skimp on treating yourself when you’ve reached a milestone.
At the end of the day you have to examine your dual roles and make sure you are being a fair employer as well as a trusted employee. Being your own boss is definitely a unique challenge and one that comes with a learning curve. The good news is being an excellent boss means having an excellent employee and with that combination you are bound to succeed!