Yes! Becoming your own boss makes you feel B-O-S-S all through your veins...it's like you're drinking excitement juice. Running in your mind are all of the fantastic and wonderful things you are going to do--now that you are your own boss and no longer have to punch that 9to5 time clock.
I can readily admit that when I first flirted with the idea of leaving my 9to5 and becoming my own boss -- a full-time business owner, I was not thinking like a real nor realistic business owner. I was thinking more along the lines of cutting the ole ball and chain -- the boss, out of my life. I fantasized about being able to work my own hours, take long lunch meetings and not have to constantly watch the clock for fear that I would go over my allotted lunch period, I was focused on not having to get up at o'dark thirty anymore and yes, never again having to fight the slow moving tracking to work and the "rush" but going no where fast traffic home. Never once did marketing, connections, sales funnels, leadership, vendors, outsourcing, target markets or marketing mix enter my mind (just to name a few of the elements that is business ownership). Oh, you noticed I didn't mention social media...well, when I started my business, social media was still tucked away in jr. high, right along with one of it's most famous contributors, Mark Zuckerberg!
Like many entrepreneurs, I started my business full of excitement and like many, I was in for a real rude awakening! I got that awakening and it almost came at cost that was much too high for me to pay.
About one year into my business, I hit a wall. I was cruising on bummed out, headed fast to burn out. My business reality had jumped all over me. My one client who was writing big checks was starting to look like a past client...she dropped the bombshell on me that she was contemplating relocating to another state. She had been so good to my business that I didn't bother to (really) look for more clients. I had no plan, no goals, no strategies and definitely no action plan. All I had standing between me and being business bummed out was the fact that overrode everything...GOING BACK TO A 9TO5 WAS NOT AN OPTION.
With going back to work for someone else completely off the table, I knew that while I enjoyed the time in fantasyland, it was time to hit reality row, shake off the madness and get to work on figuring out how to push my business out of Bummerville!
I created a plan! Having a plan is a big piece of ensuring that you are working in your business methodically, but a plan is only as good as the business owner's ability to follow that plan. What else can you do to keep your business from becoming a bummer?