Many people dream of starting their own business and becoming their own boss. When you consider the stress that many modern jobs can entail – from the horror of many commutes to the daily struggles of office politics – it’s little wonder that so many are choosing to make the leap and work for themselves.
Like many dreams, being your own boss can quickly turn into a nightmare if you don’t go into it with your eyes open and well informed. In this article, we’ll explore a few of the things that people wish they’d known when they became their own boss.
The first thing to consider is how you will keep yourself motivated once you no longer have a boss standing over you all day or without clear deliverables. It can be easy to get distracted by the comforts of home and not get nearly as much work done as you thought you might.
To get around this, set up a home office which is away from your bed, sofa and all the other distractions of home life and set reasonable objectives for work that you expect to get done in a day.
“Holding yourself to realistic goals and getting a decent work space will make things far easier and enjoyable.”
Next, it’s worth considering how and where you will meet with clients. Going to coffee shops regularly may seem like a fun idea but it can quickly get expensive and they’re often not the right place for confidential and business critical meetings. Making a meeting place in your home or renting a bespoke meeting room can be a better choice.
There are loads of advantages to starting your own business and we’re sure that you’ll enjoy many of them. Hopefully this advice will help you to avoid the common pitfalls and shoot for success when you start.