Do you really want to be your own boss, or would you rather be the CEO? Years ago, we used to hear people say “you should be your own boss.” And, of course, everyone thought that that was a great idea. What we didn’t realize that there’s a difference in being your own boss and being the CEO of your business.
The main difference in being a boss and being a CEO are pretty obvious when you think about it. A boss, especially if you’re your own, means that you’re doing most of the work to keep everything running smoothly. On the other hand, the CEO, the one I prefer, makes sure that everything is in place that needs to be so that the business can continue running smoothly when he or she is not around.
It’s no secret that when you’re just getting started with your journey of entrepreneurship, you will be the one wearing all the hats. There’s nothing wrong with that at the beginning. That way, you know exactly what needs to be done and when. However, as you continue to grow and develop your empire, you’ll want to have the freedom to step aside and enjoy life while business goes on.
It’s okay to let go of some of your tasks, even if it hurts.
Here’s something I learned from experience. Letting go of some things will be hard. Your business is your baby and no one can take care of your baby the way we can. But if we don’t allow other people to help, we’ll burn out and even worse, eventually fail. What you’ll come to realize is that when you’re ready to take your business to the next level, you won’t be able to if you’re trying to do everything yourself.
I know for me, I kept telling myself that I would get some help when the time was right. And to be honest, it seemed like the time was never right. It was almost one of those “grin and bear it” situations for me. I still have family and it got to the point where my time with them was getting less and less. And I smart enough to know that that’s not good.
What I ended up discovering was that not only were there other people who could do some of the things I had been doing, but they could actually do it better and faster. This allowed me to gain more hours of my day in the planning stages. Ultimately, the investment in getting help was more than worth it.
Start Small and Work Your Way Up
The thought of hiring someone can be a little daunting at the beginning. But remember, you don’t jump into that pot at the beginning. It takes time to develop your business to that point. I just don’t want you to be afraid of the idea that your business will grow and develop faster and better when you learn to let go of a few things.
As the CEO of your business, your job is to be the visionary. Even while you’re still in “be your own boss” mode, at some point, you will want to change your mindset to “CEO. The last thing you want your business to do is shut down your vision because you’re too busy being busy. A boss runs around making sure that the small tasks are finished on schedule.
One of the first steps to getting help won’t cost you anything but the price of a calendar.
One of the best suggestions I’ve ever received was to get a wall calendar that I could color-code. I know that sounds really simple and for some, even insignificant. But you’ll be amazed at how you can get a birds-eye view of what’s really happening in your business when you put this calendar into place. You’ll be able to see just how much time you’re spending on what; even family. Using a simple year-long, color-coded calendar can also let you know what changes need to be made and in what areas.
When you choose to be your own boss, you aren’t necessarily aware of what’s going on with your numbers. As important as knowing the numbers may be, if you’re too busy to work through them, you’ll end up wondering what happened to your profits. As the CEO, you’re never caught off guard or taken by surprise when it comes to the numbers. Even if you have an accountant, you should still be able to track everything that pertains to your income and expenditures. You also want to always be aware of what’s working great in your business and what need’s to be kicked to the curb.
If you’re still your own boss, it’s okay.
Every successful CEO started as a boss. So, don’t think that you’re not doing something right if you are still in the stage if being your own boss. It’s where everybody starts. Just keep in your mind that it’s not where you want to stay forever. It’s really all about where your mindset is and what you’re envisioning for the future.
Stay on course as you continue to grow your empire. The size of your business today doesn’t matter. You got started and that’s the most important thing. You’ve heard the saying a thousand times… “It’s not where you start–it’s where you finish.” And that’s where you want to keep your eyes. Press toward the mark and don’t stop until you reach it.
I love hearing about your milestones and successes. Feel free to share your thoughts on your journey to becoming the CEO of your business in the comments.