Most people I talk to about a home based business would love to be able to fire their boss for a variety of reasons.
The idea of setting our own schedule and living the life we truly desire is pretty appealing, right? But how many of us actually do it?
These days, I run my online business on what is for the most part a fairly laid back schedule. I enjoy playing music in the Houston area, and I am prone to taking a mid afternoon dip in the pool to clear my head or just get out and stretch a bit.
If I want to travel, have dinner with friends, have a little “staycation”, I can. I don’t have to ask permission, get approval, etc.. I can just go.
Now, it’s not all laid back sipping mojitos, although I do love a nice mojito! I will have seasons of crazy “grinding it out” schedules when I’m launching a new project, updating systems, going on a marketing blitz, etc… but it really doesn’t feel like “work” because I genuinely love what I do.
I recently saw a Facebook post that said:
Entrepreneurs will gladly work 80 hours a week to avoid
working 40 hours for someone else.
And it’s really true. When the boss asks you to stay late or come in early, it can be mind numbingly frustrating. But when you get up early or stay up late to knock out your own goals, it just feels different. And the reward for a job well done is much more significant when it’s in your own business! Instead of just making your boss richer, you can actually create YOUR wealth story when you build a successful home based business.
So, how do we actually fire the boss? When I first fired a boss, I fired the best boss I ever had. And I made two big mistakes:
- I was very rude to my boss. She was an amazing woman and had taught me a LOT about business, making money, and living a better life. I was young, foolish, and cocky. Thankfully, I was able to go back to her, apologize for my actions, and we are still friends to this day.
- I left my job WAY too early. I wasn’t ready to leave my job. I was definitely ready to learn how to build a home based business. I wanted to spend more time with my wife and children. I wanted to BE a real Daddy! I was not content to come home and hear about the day my family had experienced. I wanted to experience it with them.
So, if I could go back and talk to the man I was then, I would have told him:
- “Don’t be a jerk. Recognize that the job you have is what is paying your bills!” We all have things we don’t like about our jobs. But that money sure comes in handy, doesn’t it? And, whether we realize it or not, there are many things we can learn from a job. Today, in business, I still remember and use principles I learned from my amazing boss.
- “KEEP YOUR JOB!“ Even while the goal is to get out on your own, don’t leave your job too early! When my first shot at a home based business didn’t go well, I ended up having to get multiple part-time jobs to pay the bills. I was working ridiculous hours, had multiple bosses (none of them as wonderful as my previous boss) and was constantly exhausted and struggling to keep the lights on.
If I could go back, this would have been my plan:
After keeping and working my regular job, I would have gone to work on my business idea. I would have read more, learned more, and met with more people who were doing the sort of things I wanted to do. I would have been more open to mentoring so I could avoid a lot of the mistakes I made when I struck out on my own.
So, while I was working my new part-time jobs (which I really hated) and projects, I would come home and learn, read, study, research, test … I would often come home and start working only to see the sun rising and get up to go back to job #1. I was a janitor. Yeah. I had gone from making really good money in the commercial finance world to being a janitor … for a season. One thing about that job is that it motivated me to never have to do that again! This is one of the reasons I was able to often go 2-3 days without sleep.
At night, I would teach music lessons. On the weekends, I would clean boats and play music with any bands that would hire me.
Here is the smartest thing I did:
As my home based business income grew, I started firing bosses, again. This time, with more respect and with more income! The first boss I fired was at the janitor job. Man, that felt good to walk out of there! The second boss I fired was at the music school where I was teaching lessons. Then I stopped cleaning boats. These days, I still play with bands all over Houston. I just love playing bass and hope I never have to stop. I’ll cash every check I get but I am very grateful to not have to rely on gig money to support my lifestyle.
Thinking of firing your boss? Don’t be a jerk! Don’t be in a hurry! Put in the work to build your home based business. Face it. You are going to have to grind it out for a while to make it work.
Make sure your home based business income is at least equal to your job income (or more) before you let that boss go. While you’re working: learn, take on a mentor, read, and get all the help you can. You can avoid a lot of very expensive and time consuming mistakes.
Is it worth the struggle? Absolutely! I’ve still got a lot of work to do to reach my bigger goals but the freedom I experience along the way, the memories I’ve made with my family, and the ability to live life pretty much the way I want to is PRICELESS!
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