What’s the biggest difference between a business owner and an employee?
It’s mindset. How you think.
Simply, entrepreneurs think differently.
An employee typically has an attitude of entitlement. Sure, they might work hard and do their job well. But they also watch the clock.
There’s give and take. Usually it will be more take than give, but the employee will believe it’s the other way around. They’ll start to think it’s okay to rock up five or ten minutes late for work. But they’ll expect to knock off right at 5pm and have all the coffee breaks throughout the day.
There are some great workers out there and indeed there are some who do go that extra mile and care about their work.
But it’s not the same as being the boss. The business owner knows that the buck stops with them. They won’t think anything of it if they have to cut their lunch break short to answer the phone, or start early to make a delivery on their way into the office. They might duck out at 3 p.m. to pick up the kids from school, but usually those kids come back to the office and do their homework until the work day is over. (Or play online games and chat with their friends on SnapChat, or is that just mine?)
If you’re a business owner you have a different mindset. A different way of thinking about things. A different attitude to the way things get done. A different approach to customers, and a different level of dedication.
And that’s they way it should be. As the business owner you stand to lose the most if it goes pear shaped, and also to gain the most if your business does well.
But if you’re making the leap from employee to entrepreneur you need to think about the level of commitment you will need.
And if you’re a business owner, keep in mind that your employees are never going to care about your business the same way that you do.
Don’t forget – as the creator of your business, no matter how big or how small it is – you need to think like a Boss!