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Millions of people have left the corporate world for the opportunity to operate their own businesses. Many have left because of bad bosses and difficult co-workers. Others want to escape office politics by doing their own thing. I open my weekly podcast with the following statement, “Whether you work in a private corporation, non-profit organization, educational institution or operate as an entrepreneur, work relationships matter.” That is to say, office politics is present in all work settings. I was taught to be cautious when using encompassing words like “all” because only one exception could prove me wrong. If you have found or find an exception to my office politics assertion please share it with me.

Before leaving the security of a large organization, weigh the costs and benefits. Don’t start a business just to get away from office politics because it is inescapable. Start a business because you are answering your calling. When doing the work, you love it doesn’t seem like work. The hours are long initially, the pay could be low, you might run into difficult customers, clients, or suppliers, but the passion of your calling will propel you forward. In other words, know your “why!” Are you starting a business to fulfill an unmet need, produce a better product or produce/serve more efficiently? On the other hand, it could be out of necessity such as limited employment opportunities. Whatever the reason, know your “why”.

Independence is another reason to become a business owner. As an owner, you do not have to report to a supervisor or manager. Ownership allows you to make your own decisions, take risks, and reap the rewards of your efforts. As a business owner, you have the flexibility and freedom to make your own decisions within the constraints imposed by economic and other environmental factors.

As a business owner (boss), you set the tone for the work environment. As a leader you can lead a business in a positive direction by proper planning, adapting to changing environments, and understanding your own strengths and weaknesses. Reflect on the lessons learned from good and bad bosses and become the boss you wanted to work for.

Feel free to share your thoughts about your transition from working for someone else to operating your own businessTo learn more about my coaching practice visit