Can you be your own Boss ?

Being "self employed" may sound like a dream, a fantasy to many of us. And because reality is  almost different from fantasy, I would like to share some conclusions I have come to, as a freelancer and as an employee.

Would you like to be your own boss ? Then remember that you will also be your own employee, and you will need to be ready for it. This involves discipline, commitment, organization, and many other skills and practices you are expected to obey, and to develop on the go such in a company. [read more..]

Clearly, you can handle this challenge when you work for a client who is mostly as demanding as your boss if you were employee. But what about working for yourself, your own project ?

Would you be that rigorous, hard working, stick to the "deadlines" when there is no person with whom you treat (funders, advertisers, etc.) ?

I had to experience this situation, and I still, working on new media projects which I love to take care of. How much ? And for how long ?

Daily, using all your means, as if you will be accountable for it. Are you a webmaster ? So you need to be responsive to your website's community, you should be be aware of your platform's weaknesses and security threats, you need to constantly think about the next steps to evolve, when ? and how ?

Practically, you would need to use and to master spreadsheets in order to keep an eye on the huge amounts of information brought by your project, and to generate leads. You would learn to review your job, to rethink about your choices, to ask yourself whether you are in the good direction, to conduct some brainstorming, to acknowledge the failures, to criticize yourself, and to love yourself, too. Remember that there is no one that will do that for you. You are the boss. You would also learn to use your calendar more frequently to not miss events and any opportunity to get in touch with amazing people who would love and engage with your project.

Still, you have only one opinion, one perception of your work, so do not hesitate to ask your friends what do they think about your work either it is creative (a logo, a business card, ..) or analytical (column, ..), you will be surprised by your the gaps you can not see, and you will be amazed by the quality of the suggestions you will hear. 
 
If you are a webmaster / editor, it can be a good idea when you tie yourself a little bit promising something new for your community : publishing an article, an investigation, etc. in date dd-mm, so that you can honor your promise, or not... 

Such practices are trivial and a routine when you work in a hierarchy and when you are paid for your job, but once you are your own boss, you may be tempted to forget that you are also your own employee.

Keep hard working, and more importantly, keep dreaming big, so that you will have enough energy to be the most devoted and proactive (self-) employee, entrepreneur, and leader, if you want. 

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