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Making the jump into entrepreneurship is a bold decision. If you’ve spent most of your life working for others, you have likely been insulated from many aspects of running a business. But to be your own boss, you’ll need to be the one coming up with solutions – and taking the blame. Learning how to be your own boss is a process of trial and error and requires deep belief in yourself and your vision. Use these tips to adopt a winning mindset right out of the gate.

1. REALIZE THAT YOU ARE THE CEO OF YOUR LIFE According to marketing guru Jay Abraham, seeing yourself as the CEO of your own life is one of the best ways to take control and become 100% accountable for where your decisions lead you. You don’t need to be your own boss to act as the CEO of your life, but you may want to be after you see the enormous benefits of taking proactive control of creating a meaningful existence. Venturing into entrepreneurship makes you the top dog, chief visionary, master strategist, ultimate decision-maker and ace of accountability. This is a tall order, but a necessary one; once you break free from the daily grind of working for someone else, every element of your business and your life is in your hands. It’s up to you to decide what you can achieve and what you want and need. If you don’t have the dedication and drive to see it through, it won’t happen. This type of mindset will help you strengthen critical leadership skills in every area of your life and leads many to strike out on their own so they can exert even greater control over their destinies.

2. COMBINE YOUR PASSION AND YOUR SKILLS To discover how to become your own boss successfully, you must unlock your passion and your skill set, then combine them into a winning business idea. If entrepreneurship appeals to you but you aren’t entirely sure where to apply your talents, think about your top skills and your experience. Most of all, think about past jobs you found fulfilling. Still not sure what it takes to be your own boss? Look into what fields are particularly rewarding for the self-employed, and let others who have taken this path before you provide guidance along the way.

Here are some options to consider:

  • Freelance writer

  • Marketing consultant

  • Baker

  • Personal chef

  • Graphic artist

  • Website designer

  • In-home child care

  • Photographer

  • Life, business or health coach

  • Pet sitter

  • Real estate agent

  • Party or wedding planner

  • Personal trainer

Whether you want to work independently or recruit a team, there are hundreds of jobs where you can be your own boss. You’re only limited by your imagination and willingness to put in the work.


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