How to be your own best boss

You hear of people becoming their own bosses and reflecting that it’s the best thing they’ve ever done. But the fulfilment comes with gruelling work and constant flexing of the discipline muscle. It can also be a huge self-learning process. Whether you’re just stepping into the role, or you’ve been your own boss for years, here are some tips to be the best boss you’ve ever had.

Dress like a boss.

One of the benefits of being your own boss? You can work from the comfort of your home, but don’t get too comfortable. Dress like you’re going to the office; smart and professional because, what you wear can affect your output. If you work in your pyjamas or sloppy joe, you’ll feel lazy. Dress professional and your brain will automatically go into work mode.

Learn to say no.

Just because you are your own boss doesn’t mean your time is completely flexible. Having your own schedule can tempt you into throwing it our for friends, family and other indulgences. Be disciplined as though you’re working for someone else’s schedule.

Trust yourself. 

Now that you are your own boss, you have to trust yourself. Trust your intuition and that “gut feeling”. This can be tricky especially if you are new to the game, it can feel daunting to make decisions without advice or direction from others. But you’ll never learn or become self-sufficient if you don’t have faith in yourself.

Give yourself time out. 

This is vital if you work from home, as you’ll find that your work surrounds you. You’ll never take a real break if you don’t separate yourself from your work space. Get out of the house, do something fun or relaxing.

Reward yourself 

Working for someone comes with the benefit that they will know when to reward you or give you a raise. Now this is your responsibility. Reflect on your work every now and then, if you think you’ve done particularly well, give yourself a reward. If you won’t, who will after all.