LEADERSHIP / MAY. 04, 2016
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Are You Ready to Be Your Own Boss?

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Everyone wants to become a boss. The question is, do you have what it takes to be one? Having the flexibility to create and work around your own schedule instead of simply following rules, is something that most people dream about. Being a boss means you are in charge of your own job – your business, as well as of others. It also means that you are the one calling the shots, and you get to tell people to do what you want.    

But apart from the benefits of becoming your own boss, with it comes great responsibility. Unless you are equipped with the skillset to be a good boss, success isn’t going to come to you easily. In fact, there are a number of qualities that every natural boss needs to possess.

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Have a look at the list below to find out whether you are ready to be your own boss.

#1 You Have Self-Awareness

Before you go and do something stupid, you need to carefully assess your own qualities. If you don’t know what your own strengths and weaknesses are, chances are you are going to find it difficult to find success. You are probably going to have to face your weaknesses one way or another. Unless you know what these are you won’t be able to become the well-rounded and strong individual you need to be as a boss. Be ready to accept your weaknesses – because let’s be honest everybody has them, and be willing to work on them as appropriate.

#2 You Are Persistent

Being a boss isn’t for the fainthearted. It takes patience, persistence and hard work to stay on the right track. Considering that most self-starter entrepreneurs fail to sustain their business after the first five years, you need to be prepared to face some setbacks along the way. The only way you will be a great boss is when you have determination, and you believe in yourself. If you have that determination, you don’t care how long it will take you to succeed because you know it’s going to happen.

#3 You Have the Experience

Before opening your company, there are a couple of things you need to know. Familiarising yourself with how businesses work and what different processes are crucial to success is vital. Unless you have the experience to manage and lead you won’t be able to make appropriate decisions and you are risking your chances of becoming a successful boss. Even if you feel that you don’t have the expertise in a specific area, then you can find someone to help you out or recruit a person with some knowledge in the field. Getting yourself a mentor might also be a good idea.

#4 You Have a Strong Support System

Becoming a boss – and as such a businessman, means that you will need a strong support system. Apart from having the right people in your network, who can help you make the right connections, you will also need some financial support for your business. Since no start-up becomes immediately profitable, you need to ensure that you have a safety net you can hold on to when times get rough. Look for investors or apply for a small business loan and make sure you will have some money on the side no matter what. You are only ready to start working on your business idea when you have the necessary funds.

#5 You Have a Clear Vision

Most people never get to be their own bosses because they simply don’t know what it is exactly they want to do in their lives. They may have an idea about what business they want to open but if that’s all they’ve got, they won’t get far in their career. Having a clear goal and a sense of direction is important for someone who is trying to better themselves. This is all about showing commitment and discipline as well as withstanding the weather.

See Also: How to Become Your Own Boss

If you don’t enjoy working for other people, perhaps it’s time that you take the first step towards becoming your own boss. But before you go on and make your dream come true, make sure that you have what it takes to be a boss.

Do you think you are ready to become your own boss? If yes, how so? Let me know your thoughts in the comments section below…

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