» Be a Better Boss… To Yourself!

As an independent business owner, you get the luxury of running the show however you like… as well as the responsibility of managing every last detail that concerns your company and its success. Being self-employed lends its own stress and struggles to the daily grind, but here are some ways you can optimize your day-to-day business, and be a better boss to yourself!

1. Thirst for knowledge. Every great entrepreneur knows there is always something new to learn. Invest in your business education whenever you can by attending conferences, training sessions and networking events in your industry. If you aspire to be competitive in your field, constantly be exploring opportunities to help grow your expertise and your business, both on a local level, and on a larger scale.

2. Spend smart. In today’s economy, it is sometimes difficult to gauge what is a necessary expense, especially in deciding what will truly aid your business. Don’t be afraid to invest in areas like technology or legal that could potentially hold your business back if you go on without them. It’s important to keep in mind the ultimate value of a seemingly pricy investment , if it can help you get more work accomplished in less time, or provide financial protection for your company.

3. Give yourself a raise. Many new business-owners are unsure of what to charge for their services, and end up losing money for their valuable time. But even those who have been in the industry for many years can lose track of the most current standard cost for their services, and can cheat themselves out of income as well. Don’t make unreasonable demands, as it damages your credibility, but always ensure that your talents and time are being compensated properly.