4 Steps to Becoming Your Own Boss Before the End of the Year

Somewhere in the world at this very moment, an ambitious person has made the big decision: to stop being the worker and start being the boss. Deciding to take the plunge isn’t the hardest part of the journey. It is, however, the necessary first step: the beginning of a paradigm shift. After that step comes the real work of turning the daydream into reality. Here’s how to get there by the end of 2018.

Think Like a Boss

Every product, company, and work of art began as an idea. Likewise, the process of becoming a boss begins in the mind by thinking like a boss and acting as a dutiful employee. This includes assessing strengths, talents, areas that need improvement, and weaknesses in an honest way. It is also an opportunity to try out some of those crazy ideas that previous bosses would have ignored. Sink or swim, the success of a new business all comes down to the plan and the execution.

Manage Finances Like a Business

Some people are naturally more gifted at money management than others. But there is a difference between balancing a personal checkbook and a business account. The question is, how much of a difference is there?

Spending some time on YouTube researching small business bookkeeping is a good idea for the early stages of the transition. Additionally, treating personal expenses as a guinea pig for the books of the business is a great way to get some practice with managing money. Getting practice will also help with conserving as much personal capital as possible to use in starting that business. The more mindfully and deliberately a person can run their life and their finances, the more they can be trusted to run a business.

Get Familiar With Internet Marketing

The world of marketing has transformed drastically in the internet age. The good news is that a number of low-cost or free marketing options are available, and they have been proven to connect eager customers with all types of businesses. The bad news is that figuring out where to start can seem overwhelming. Learning how to use the right combination of marketing or social media platforms can sometimes feel like getting the rabbit ears just right on one of those old cathode-ray tube TVs: worth it in the end, but a pain in the neck to get there.

Some buyers like YouTube, others prefer Facebook, and still more spend most of their time on Instagram. Finding the right platform or two takes time, but that time is well spent in the end. Extended learning sites such as Udemy offer a number of affordable courses to get a great handle on social media marketing. Any business that ignores the potential impact of the internet to reach customers is set up already to fail.

Get Connected With Other Bosses

People influence each other by their words, actions, and attitudes. It may seem challenging and unnatural to practice thinking like a boss while working in a cubicle, or serving tables.It feels much more natural to think like a boss when in the company of actual bosses.

Networking is the lifeblood of business, and that’s largely due to the osmosis of possibility that happens when in close proximity to demonstrated success. That idea of connecting people with a shared sense of ownership together has kept companies like Amway going strong for over half a century, and with new online training tools, becoming an independent business owner with Amway is more user-friendly than ever.

There is a lot of hard work between the decision to start a business and the actual creation of that business. Thankfully, the internet offers a number of resources – like continuing education courses and marketing platforms – for free or at least affordable for even the tightest budget. The real challenge is in the mind: committing to the choice, taking the plunge, putting in the legwork, and sticking to the plan. Becoming an independent business owner takes thinking like the best boss and acting like the hardest-working employee.

Melissa Thompson
Melissa Thompson writes about a wide range of topics, revealing interesting things we didn't know before. She is a freelance USA Today producer, and a Technorati contributor.