As I was preparing for a webinar yesterday, it seems my thoughts were so clear about the simple differences between an employee and a “want to be” home business owner in terms of getting done what needs to be done to complete a task. For the employee, the task is to further the business for the employer. For the home business owner, the task is to further the business for themselves.
It’s really profound.
When you start a new job or career, your employer will detail your responsibilities and if there’s something you are not clear about or are not efficient in, you are required to get up to par ASAP.
- Your employer tells you what you need to learn and do and when it needs to be done by.
- Your employer tells you whether to take a class, whether to travel here and there.
- Your employer tells you when to work late and put in overtime, even if you are tired and want to just go home and relax.
- Your employer may ask you to do research on a subject and provide a report to him/her, even though you’ve never done that before, but you get about doing it to ensure it gets done to the best of your ability.
- Your employer may ask that you be transfered to a different department where you have to learn a new skillset or a bunch of new skillsets, maybe even go back to school for a month or two or take a night course.
Employers expect you to do what was asked of you and meet the deadline for completion.
So, you finish your project, your research, learn your skillset, whatever the case may be, on time because a paycheck and possible job loss is at stake if it doesn’t get done, and done correctly.
And, you do it and probably don’t even think about it. It’s just part of the job.
Now, let’s say you decide to start a home based business on the side because you heard about time and financial freedom. Ok. You connect with your sponsor or coach and mentor and they have provided you with a few “first action steps” to take which may look like this:
1) Build a personally branded website and you are provided with a coach to help you.
2) Do a video for your optin page welcoming people to your website.
3) Compose a handful of autoresponder messages sharing value about how you can help others if they join you.
You are provided with everything you need to get started, coaches, video tutorials, resources and tools and you’re told to connect again with your sponsor, coach, mentor, whoever, when it’s done and to call if you get stuck and need assistance.
Well, two weeks pass and you never get it done. Or, you do it but it was a little challenging so it wasn’t really “fun”. Or, you weren’t really comfortable making a video because you don’t like the way you look on camera. Or you couldn’t come up with what to say in an autoresponder message about your chosen business opportunity.
So you allow time to go by, continue your 9-5 where you are met with daily challenges and to do lists that you press through before you can go home exhausted, and you eventually quit your home business.
The only difference I can see between the employee and the “want to be” home business owner, is that the employer mandated what was to be done and when it was to be done by. Period. If the employee did what was asked they would get a paycheck and keep their job. Employees do things all the time that they don’t want to do, are not comfortable doing, are too tired to do, are not confident to do what’s being asked, but you know what? They do it in spite of all that. They press through and get done what’s necessary for that paycheck at the end of the week.
The home business owner on the other hand, is given specific action steps of what needs to be done to move forward toward their success but no time frame for completion, nor was there any pressure or conviction to get it done, no boss checking up to make sure deadlines will be met and overtime is being put it to accomplish the task. That’s because there is no fear of loss of paycheck or job at the end of the week. There’s no boss handing out pink slips or reprimands.
The home business owner in actuality, lost so much more than a paycheck on Friday. They lost an entire lifestyle and dreams never to be fullfilled.
What’s sad is that they probably didn’t think about that any more than think about their boss tossing assignments and deadlines in front of them all day. If one could see this and grasp the reality of what they are doing and how hard they are working and then work as hard for themselves as they do for their bosses, they wouldn’t recognize their lives.
Here’s what the “want to be” home business owner is not understanding.
The employee and home business owner have the same requirements in terms of:
Learning new skillsets to stay at the top of their game;
Getting out of comfort zones when they don’t feel like it to do what needs to be done;
Working when they are tired or not in the mood;
Figuring out how to finish a task the best they can when they’ve been told it needs to be done.
The employee does it and creates wealth for their boss in exchange for a paycheck on Friday.
The home business owner does it and creates wealth for themselves.
Personally, the whole boss thing is so much more demanding and harder than any home business learning curve.