- Know when someone else is better suited to do the job. As entrepreneurs, we know we can do everything better than everyone else.or can we? You can easily fall into the old adage "jack of all trades, master of none" when you try to do everything yourself. If you're not particularly creative, outsource a graphic artist to create your marketing materials; he or she will probably have better ideas than yours and will be able to implement them faster and more efficiently. If bookkeeping isn't your strength, spend the extra money to hire an accountant, keeping your books straight and the IRS happy.
Bad Boss Behavior: "I've never felt comfortable talking about or collecting money from clients," says Lee Silber, San Diego-based author of Career Management For The Creative Person (Three Rivers Press, $15). He doesn't know why, but he still doesn't like to deal with that aspect of his business.
Turning Point: He finally got tired of asking for too little money and then being negotiated down to next to nothing.
Good Guy Solution: Now that he's an author and consultant, he has agents who deal with making bids, negotiating deals and collecting fees. He finds that even with their commissions, he still comes out ahead. "Now I make more money [because the agents are able to negotiate much higher fees than I would] and I'm able to concentrate on what I do best," says Silber.
When you take the time to step back and look objectively at your self-management style, you'll be able to make a few simple changes. Who knows? You may even enjoy working for the person who pays your salary...you.
Brother home office expert Lisa Kanarek advises corporations and individuals on all aspects of working from home and writes the blog Working Naked. She is the author of several books, including Working Naked: A guide to the bare essentials of home office life.