Would you like to be your own boss? What would that mean for you?
Could you do what you want?
Do it when you want it?
Actually all of the above are possible, but not necessarily likely. In the past most people worked for themselves….often on family farms or at nearby businesses that supported those farming communities.
Then industrialization came and people moved from the farms, especially if they did not own the land, to towns and cities to work for a “boss.” Not everyone liked this
The advent of the steam engine, public transportation and eventually cars gave people many more options in choosing their “bosses.”
Then came “education.” Education gave people more choices and again more flexibility in choosing their “bosses.”
With all these advances and choices, why does it seem that people are more and more stressed? Often because people are not doing what they like, with people that they like, in an area that they like – geographic or mind space wise.
Why are they or dare I say, you, doing this?
- The economy is bad
- The pay is good
- My parents, spouse, significant other, or friends want me to
- I don’t know
So where should you be looking for a job? Well the best place to find a job in this economy may be staring you in the face.
Not talking about building a huge business, but find something that you like to do and start doing it.
You may have to do some of “it” for free at first, but hey, that is called marketing. You may be wondering on how to start...
First do not get frustrated.
Grab a cup of tea (more smoothing than coffee).
Write 7 things that you enjoy doing.
Do not be shy, bashful or modest. It is your list.
Then write 7 (more if you like) people or groups that you can do one or more of these tasks for.
Connect lines, scribble, doodle, and dream.
This exercise is actually part of the “Thinking” process. So once it is done, go do something else. Take a run or a swim. Go for a long walk in your favorite neighborhood. Hike a nearby trail. Do something that gets the juices flowing but that allows for some solitary thinking.
In another couple of hours or the next day, go back to the list.
Now come up with an action plan that shows steps on how you can approach people in the second list with services you are offering from the first list (the things you like to do).
• You may email 4 people that you have started a dog walking business, and you would be pleased to take their pooch along.
• You may put a note in your Facebook that you are available to deliver your special “meatloaf or sugar pie or stuffing, or, or, or” for the holidays
• You may put a sign on your car that you are ready for special deliveries
• You may print up a business card for your new consulting service.
You will make mistakes. You will suffer rejections. Hey, but that comes with wanting to be a boss.
You will also make people smile. You will get thanks for a service well done. You will get satisfaction that is hard to get from a “Boss”. That will be part of your review process that will help you make adjustments but remember you are now the boss so remember to reward yourself and those around you!
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