We're back with Part 2 of the journey towards Being Your Best Boss.
Because it's one thing to take the leap into entrepreneurship, it's another thing to grow the self-leadership, business savvy, and faith it takes to thrive.
The entrepreneurial journey is a wild ride, so I thought I would give you a behind-the-scenes look at my stories, lessons, and strategies as an educator-turned-entrepreneur, learning to be the best version of myself. If you missed last week's post, you can catch up with Part: 1 (Days 1-5). Otherwise, let's dive in to Part 2: Days 6-10!
Day 6 of #beyourbestbossjourney: Pick your PRIORITIES
Your priorities are what’s important for you to ADD ENERGY to change in the next 90 days.
It helps to focus on one particular aspect of your business (like getting clarity/idea validation, gaining profits, working with 1:1 clients, expansion, etc.) and align all of your tasks to support that focus. It’s tempting to want to do all the things, but way more efficient and effective to do a few things really well that will help set you up for success down the road too.
Being Your Best Boss means being able to discern the different between IMPORTANT (things that move you closer to your goals and vision), and URGENT (things that pop up that require your attention ASAP….but don’t really have an impact in the long-run). Be intentional about spending your energy on what’s important.
Day 7 of #beyourbestbossjourney: Have a system for PRODUCTIVITY
Being my own boss, I love having the freedom and flexibility to set my own schedule. Even though it’s WAY easier to binge-watch on Netflix all day (Friends, anyone?), I’ve learned that having set boundaries for work time/play time, and a pretty strict schedule helps me work hard, and play hard.
One recent schedule change I’ve made is incorporating “theme days” where I focus on one type of particular tasks throughout the day. For example, I have my coaching calls on Mondays, and Thursdays. Tuesdays are to work on my projects. Wednesdays mornings are for more coaching or collaboration calls, and Wednesday afternoons are for planning/strategy/education. Fridays are for content creation, administrative, and client care. I also have daily tasks/routines I take care of every morning. This helps me build better work habits, so I know when and where (and how) I’m getting things done.
Day 8 of #beyourbestbossjourney: NARROWING YOUR NICHE
Being your best boss means being intentional with your time and energy to invest in people who matter, and letting go of clients, team members, or collaborators who don’t share your vision.
When you’re first starting out a business, it may be tempting to be all things to all people. But that quickly leads to confusion, burnout, or diluting your message and your gifts. So -- narrowing your niche becomes SUPER important to be able to operate in your zone of genius and work with people you’re meant to serve. But how do you figure out your niche?
I recommend doing research AND testing it out on REAL people. Look at your past -- what were the types of people you’re drawn to? What values do they have? What problems were they facing that YOU helped to overcome? Then -- who are REAL people who exemplify these characteristics and offer them to try out your services. You’ll get real-time feedback on what works, what doesn’t work, what they actually need to start to build an engaged tribe.
Day 9 of the #beyourbestbossjourney: Differentiating between a CEO v. Craft
Being your best boss means knowing when to wear your CEO hat to push your business vision forward and when to wear your Craft/Service Provider hat to deliver an exceptional client experience. There’s a difference between being a savvy boss and a great coach or creative.
One tip that helped me distinguish the difference is drawing a T-Chart with CEO on one side, and Coach on the other, then listing out actions I take for each. Under CEO, tasks like Strategic Goal-Planning, Business collaborations, hiring team members, and creating a new service. Under Coach (or whatever your craft is), I write tasks like client care, teaching workshops/Masterclasses, and following-up with prospects. That way, you’re clear on where you’re spending a majority of your time, your competency to deliver on those results, and can balance between working IN your business and working ON your business.
Day 10 of the #beyourbestbossjourney: Building TRUST is character + competency x time
Being Your Best Boss (and a leader to follow) is the ability to build TRUST over time. Trust is both character (integrity, honesty, authenticity) and competency (skills, ability to create results). I truly believe that this is a journey, and that’s why there’s no such thing as an overnight success. Once you commit to showing up on a daily basis to give value, help people, and demonstrate your knowledge and expertise, people will begin to know, like, and TRUST you. Understanding where you’d like to be but being honest about where you are now, and doing the hard work to get there will also help you lead by example and grow both the character and competency that’ll equip you to best the best boss you can be.
What has your #beyourbestbossjourney been like? What are you learning about leadership, business, and faith as you become the best version of yourself? If you'd like the guidance and accountability of a coach on your entrepreneurial journey, check out my 3-month mentorship: "Be Your Best Boss."