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Yo, Boss!

The reality of being the boss

This story appears in the May 2000 issue of Business Start-Ups magazine.

When I first moved to New York City, I stood in midtown, looking up at the mind-boggling skyscrapers around me and thought "I'm really here. I'm in Manhattan." I had the same moment of realization over and over as I stood in the middle of my office, surrounded by a growing staff, and thought "I'm the boss. I'm really the boss."

Going from working alone in a studio apartment to being in an office with employees was not easy for me. I hadn't started my business thinking I was going to be "in charge" of other people, and although I knew what qualities I didn't like in my former bosses, I didn't know how to convey what I did like and what I wanted as the boss.

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