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Are You Confusing the Boss/Employee Roles in Your Solo-Business? (Business Help)

If you're a solo entrepreneur or solo business owner (or still work both ON and IN your business), there are many hats you may wear to keep things going: service provider, recptionist, book keeper, accountant, sales person, marketer, administrative assistant, web master, writer, business planner, product/program developer, project manager, HR manager, and CEO (and perhaps more).

Yet all of these can be narrowed down to 2 categories: Boss (the one who overseas the business activities) and Employee (the one who carries out the work planned).

Both are important to the success of the business, yet often solo practitioners blur (or ignore)  the roles and get themselves in trouble by being too much of an Employee and not enough of a Boss. Do you make this mistake?

In the corporate world, it's easier to define and delineate the role of Boss vs. Employee. A good boss hires competent people to carry out her vision and strategic plans of the company. She steps back from being the "technician" or service provider and becomes the "overseer."

A good Employee learns their job well and carries out the directions of the boss to the best of their ability in a diligent and enthusiastic manner. If she experiences a problem in doing so, or identifies a way to perhaps do it better or more cost-effectively, she brings it to the attention of the Boss to evaluate and make a decision about how to proceed.

If you are currently playing both roles in your business, it's important to be clear on a few things:

1. Which role you are playing in any moment

2. If the role you're playing is the best one to be playing in that circumstance

3. How to change hats when you need to

4. Setting aside time to work on Boss duties–the visionary, planner, decision-maker, CFO

5. The importance of delegating activities and "cracking the whip" with your Employees when they're not doing their job well (whether that is yourself or outside assistance

6. Having the right attitude when playing the role of Employee, carrying out the delegated tasks in a timely, positive, and productive way

7. Knowing when, as the Boss, you need to make the decision to take tasks away from yourself as "Employee" and pay someone else to do them (to ease the excess burden on your Employee or to give them to someone who can do them better, easier, cheaper, and more passionately than Employer You can).

8. And that having support and mentorship to perform your role as Boss in the start and cointinued development and growth of your business is VITAL. Investing time and money in yourself as the CEO is an absolute necessity in order to have a successful business now and for many years to come. 


As you take a moment for self-assessment with these ideas, how are you doing in each of these areas? Do you need to rethink some things? Reassign tasks? Have a "come to Jesus" conversation with your Employer or Boss? Find a way to pay for other Employees to carry out work or to invest in the support and mentorship you need as the CEO? Schedule a complimentary MMM Strategy Session with me to help you get clear on what you most need to change in the Employee/Boss relationship and develop IMMEDIATE steps to take so you can get more clients and make a difference in more lives!

Your partner in success,

Lisa Smith
Marketing, Mindset & Manifesting Coach


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