If you’re an employee, living under the watchful eye of your line manager or company boss,
you probably spend a good part of each workday dreaming about what it would be like if you
were the boss and there was no one to tell you what to do.
Why not make the leap and start your on business? It may be a lot of work and a little
bit of risk, but the rewards can be substantial as you lead your company on to growth and success.
So what exactly do you have to look forward to if you do cut loose from the restrictions of the
corporate career ladder and strike out on your own?
If something like your phone system is out of date of inefficient you can upgrade and modernise it
You get to hire the staff you want
When you work for a company, no matter what its size, you generally get very little say in who gets hired and who gets fired.
So if there’s someone that you just don’t get on with or someone who’s not pulling their weight, you just have to sit tight
and put up with it.
Not so if you’re the boss. You can interview as many people as you like for a vacancy and pick the person who you think
is best for the job and best for the office. Or if funds are still a little tight, and admin still under control, you can
hire a virtual receptionist from an office services provider. You’re guaranteed to get on with them brilliantly and they can
take care of all incoming calls, leaving you free to concentrate on growing your business.
If you see something is inefficient, you can fix it
One of the most frustrating things about working in a large company is seeing business procedures and
practices that are out of date or inefficient.
However if you’re the boss, you can change it.
For example if you’ve been working in an office with an out-dated phone system, you can go straight to a
phone company or service provider and get the a flexible low cost IVR system or VoIP service installed. Saving you time and
money and making your business look good in the process.
You can decorate the office however you like
This may not seem like an important bonus, but your working conditions can make a huge difference to your motivation,
concentration and enjoyment during working hours. And strip lights and broken chairs are really not conducive to good
So whether you’re working from home or have secured an office premises, throw out the generic office décor and make your workspace work for you.
You can decorate your office in a style that suits you.
You can work from home whenever you like
Not only is there no one to tell you when you’re late, you can also work from home whenever you want.
To make it even easier to nab a mid week lie in, install a system to direct calls to your home landline or mobile whenever you’re out of the office.
With a call forwarding or VoIP system your customers can call the same number that they always do so will never know that you’re not hard at work and glued to your desk.
You can give yourself a title
This may not seem like an important one to begin with, but when you get those business cards printed saying ‘executive director’
or ‘head of global operations’ it’s going to feel pretty good.
There are of course lots of other benefits to going it alone, so if you’re still unsure,
just take the leap. You’ll be sitting in your very own office, working to your very own
schedule with staff that you’ve hired before you know it.
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