Here’s the thing I’ve noticed. Many women start up their own business to escape the 9am to 5pm routine and to explore their ‘why?’ We start off full steam ahead and then something happens…
We end up worse off than we started.
Instead of having evenings and weekends off, suddenly, we’re literally working 24/7. Because if we don’t, what will happen?
If you don’t finish that tax return for that demanding client, they might take their business elsewhere.
What will happen if that website doesn’t go live tomorrow? Are you going to get phone calls from an angry client?
That client is depending on you to sign on the dotted line for their Contract Agreement. They need a response before the morning so it looks like an all-nighter for you.
For these women, somewhere down the track, the tables turned and instead of them having the power to call the shots, they allowed their business to become that big bad boss we all avoid.
There’s just one problem in this scenario: you’re human. You need headspace… you need downtime… you need fun!
Here’s the thing (and I speak from experience). I’ve never had a harder boss than myself. While I’ve had bosses who wanted the world and who I really didn’t like, I’ve never been so emotionally connected to what I’m trying to create in my own business.
About 6 months ago, I started my professional writing business and in many ways, it really has pushed me to my limits. Within the last month or so though, I’ve regained the power… why?
I admitted I can’t do everything.
I admitted I need time off for myself.
I admitted that saying ‘no’ to people is okay (and necessary!).
If you’re anything like me and you’ve got your own business, you’ve probably concluded this is the hardest thing you’ve ever done. Employees clock off – you don’t.
Just remember to keep that big bad boss at bay!
Are you that big bad boss? What advice do you have for other business owners? Please share!
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