Making the transition from being an employee of a company to a business owner can be a huge adjustment, and I find for many of my clients who work in hospitality, tourism and customer service based businesses that it can be a tough transition.
When you are an employee, you do the work, pitch in where you can and collect a pay-check and head home. But when you are a business owner you wear multiple hats; you need to ensure that all the bills are paid, orders are placed, staff are motivated, and everything else. And after you have paid all those bills and staff, hopefully you can pay yourself too.
It's not easy being the boss, I get it! As a boss you go between emotions of everything is going great and you are doing well, to the self-esteem dips of having something happen that brings you and your ego crashing back down to earth.
It might be dealing with a client that is unhappy with some work, an unexpected bill or a staff member who is not performing. It can be hard to deal with these situations and carry on with our self-esteem intact. Self-esteem as a business owner is so critical as it impacts everything we do. Having good self-esteem allows us to run a good business, to inspire our staff and to keep on turning up and opening the doors every morning.
Change, it can strike fear in the most seasoned of business owners. We as human beings are not overly comfortable with change at the best of times, but in business, it seems to freak us out more than usual.
Given that one of the most constant things in life is change, shouldn’t we set up our businesses to manage change, to be adaptable and to inspire our workforces to welcome change as a natural part of the daily schedule?
Kate Bickford MD & Owner - BK AGENCY: