Well, having been my very own Lady Boss for seven years now, I certainly know the pros and cons. But hand on my heart? The pros far out way the cons. Actually I can't think of a con!
Here are my top 5 reasons why I adore being a Lady Boss: #1 Work life balance
My work life balance is what I want it to be. I'm in control of it. I'm not a slave to core hours, flexi sheets, lunch time slots and being told when I can and can't have a holiday!
Before I worked for myself I had a nightmare 70 mile round trip commute, I was out of my home for almost 12 hours each day and at the mercy of a main road that was prone to accidents and repairs, so sitting stuck in a 2 hour jam was a frequent occurrence.
I would be dropping my babies off at nursery at 7.30am and not getting home until 7pm most days and then there was all of the work I was expected to do at home on an evening or weekend to compete in the rat race. Yes we had flexi-time, but leaving the office at 4pm once in a blue moon was often met with gasps from team members that didn't have a home life.
This is a very common story for women today.
Now? I work a 7 hour day
four days per week
and usually take off a Friday or work a shorter day - so I have some 'me' time. Sure having your own business can take over your time...but only if you let it. You're always the one in control.
The most important thing? My kids and I have so much more time together than ever before. #2 Decision making and ideas
Sitting around a meeting table sharing your fantastic ideas to your manager, only for them to be ignored or taken and passed off as someone else's due to political game playing. Sound familiar?
Well, when you become your own Lady Boss - you action your ideas. Whether they work out or not - the satisfaction of seeing your own concepts coming to fruition is so liberating and satisfying! #3 Lining your own pocket
The early days of owning your own business may be a bit tight until you get up and running and there may be times when things don't go to plan that can cause some heartache - such as bad debts from customers or ideas that don't work out or when sales aren't where they should be.
But you know what - all of these stressful times aren't mistakes or the end of the world! They are all lessons that you take on board and learn from to help you grow. And when you do - you're lining your own pocket - not someone else's!
You have the power in your hands to make the money you desire. If you are happy being a one man band generating an income that is enough to give you a comfortable life and freeing up your time for more holidays then that's great. Do it! Or you maybe wanting a business that will generate seven figures and provide employment for family and a future for your children. Whatever your goals, they are yours. The output is always the same though. The money earned through the business is ultimately for your benefit. #4 Self development
The learning and self development that running your own business provides is amazing.
Working in a specific role as an employee for an organisation will never match up to the development you gain from being a Lady Boss.
The learning curve is steep and its exciting. You will learn great customer service, innovative marketing, how to sell, to read and understand accounts and grow your networking skills and so much more - this self development will naturally grow your own confidence and impact on your overall views in life - which can have a huge positive impact on your personal life too. #5 Joy
Wow. The joy it all brings. If it's your own business - then it's usually born out of your own dreams and passion, whether you're a personal trainer, a business coach, running a tea room, clothing retailer, photographer, graphic designer or anything else - you will more than likely be doing something that you love. Can you imagine that. Getting paid to do something that you thoroughly enjoy and the power being in your hands?
My main love is to help others become more successful in their business, so seeing the results that this generates gives me so much joy that I can't even describe it - and when you experience high levels of joy - this becomes infectious and more and more success naturally follows.
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