As I look back at all the boss’ that I have had in the past, I would give myself the crown as the worst one. As a small business owner, you really push yourself. Growing and maintaining a business takes a lot of work and dedication. Sometimes you have to give up parts of yourself to make it work.
This “bad” boss gets up between 5 and 6 am even on her day off. Yup, I hit the ground running before most people have had their first cup of coffee. I feed the critters then make breakfast. I don’t sit at my beautiful antique table, but eat in front of the computer in my office. In between bites, I answer emails, do billing, and proposals.
During the day, when I am out of the office, I run my business from my cell phone. Any free moment that I have is used to return calls, texts, and run a few errands. This time includes before work, after work,and in between jobs.Returning client phone calls and texts are at the top of my list.
At times, I feel like a doctor- always on call. Yesterday (Sunday) I came home from an all day event with three calls to return. I have a big job today and wanted to make sure that I was able to reach my clients in a timely manner, so on Sunday night I was making calls instead of cleaning my place.
I tend to put the business first. I bend over backwards to accommodate clients and business partners. This means scheduling all my time so my clients can get their projects done. So if you see me with unwashed hair or nails that need a manicure really badly, don’t judge.
With that being said, my phone is always near me. Sometimes I check it too much. My wonderful friends just put up with it. I am getting better about putting the phone away and focusing on having fun. I do check my phone constantly. Before I head into an event or restaurant. Yup, I am that chick you will see outside returning a call or text. That is me!! I always saw, the early bird gets the worm!
The night before, I always write out a to do list. I look at my work schedule for the day and try to fit in as much as possible. As usual, the personal stuff gets second priority. My goal is to complete three to five things per day. With little free time, everything has to be scheduled. It depends on where I am working to as how much I can get done. I am a master when it comes to running errands.
Even with the pressure that I put on myself to have a successful business, I love what I do. I would not trade it for the world!!