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2 | Become Your Own Boss in 6 Months
Ahhhh, to be your own boss. It’s
a dream so many people have.
It’s up there with winning the
lottery, or meeting the man or
woman of your dreams. While
you know it won’t be easy, it’s
a path that has the potential to
alleviate the issues many of us
have with working for a company
or corporation where there is
always someone else who is in
Thankfully, the rise of the internet
has made it easier than ever
for people to create their own
business and work for themselves.
It’s easier than ever to connect
with global audiences and sell
your goods and services without
any sort of middleman. It’s led
to the rise of the gig economy
and a surge in the number of
people who consider themselves
If you’re stuck in a situation where
you’re working for someone else
and want to become your own
boss, her are a few steps you can
take to make that happen.
Become Your Own Boss
in 6 Months
3 | Become Your Own Boss in 6 Months
Quite often the desire to be your
own boss comes because you want
something to change. Maybe you’re
working for a boss with whom you
don’t see eye to eye. Or maybe you
want the ability to work from home,
or anywhere that’s not an office.
Perhaps you want to follow your
passion - writing, graphic design,
teaching yoga - and being your own
boss is a happy byproduct of this.
Whatever the case may be, make a list
of all the reasons you want to be your
boss. Take your time making the list.
Identify What You
Want to Change
4 | Become Your Own Boss in 6 Months
Those initial urges - wanting to work from
home, disliking your current boss, a great
idea for a small business - usually can lead
to other ideas. For instance, being your
own boss might allow you to travel around
the world, spend more time with your
family, or simply help you overcome a fear
of taking your career and life into your
own hands and just seeing what happens.
Once you’ve made this list, stick
to it. In fact, put it in a place where
you’ll see it every day. Months later,
when you become your own boss
and are overwhelmed with work and
commitments, you can look at that list
and remember why you went on this
massive adventure in the first place.
Identify What You Want to Change
5 | Become Your Own Boss in 6 Months
We tend to think of our jobs as, well, just jobs, and tend to
forget that they’re tied to a larger industry.
For the sake of argument, let’s say you’re a graphic designer
who is currently working as a barista and designing
invitations and posters for friends and family members,
but your goal is to become a digital designer who works on
website and is their own boss. Your first order of business
should be looking into the digital design industry and
learning how you’ll fit in.
If you’re not sure how you’ll fit in at first, don’t worry! When
you’re new to an industry, there’s always going to be a
learning curve. Begin by attending events and talking to
people who are in the industry you want to get into. Chances
are many of them entered the industry for similar reasons
that you did. Hang out with them and absorb as much
information as you can to learn about your new industry.
Find an Industry
6 | Become Your Own Boss in 6 Months
If you’re not sure where to meet these people, sites
like LinkedIn are often a great place to start. Join
a LinkedIn group and make it known that you’re
trying to learn as much as you can about your
industry and see if you can find someone who is
willing to chat with you.
Don’t be afraid of asking questions that might
sound “dumb.” You’re a beginner getting to know
your new industry, and like your college professor
said, there is no such thing as a stupid question.
Be sure to do research into where your industry is
heading. Is there a strong need for people like you?
Is your current city a good place for someone in
your industry? What are the tools and technology
that you need in order to be competitive? All of this
will help you plan and gauge the likelihood for your
Find an Industry
7 | Become Your Own Boss in 6 Months
So you’ve gotten to know your industry and have figured
out what you need to offer to be competitive and unique.
Now it’s time to build your brand.
One of the most important things you can do to build
your brand is come up with a name for your new business.
Even if your name is Tim Jones and you decide to name
your business something straightforward like Tim Jones
Photography, this is a smart thing to do. It helps potential
customers identify who you are and what you offer. It also
just sounds more professional. After all, would you rather
been known as Tim Jones Photography (TJP, for shore,
obviously) or that guy Tim who knows a thing or two about
A logo is another way you can identify yourself as a business
entity. Work with a designer to come up with a logo that you
feel represents you and what you do. Then be sure you use
Build Your Brand
8 | Become Your Own Boss in 6 Months
that logo everywhere - on business cards, you social
media accounts, even your email signature.
Which brings us to the subject of online promotion.
If you’re looking to be your own boss, you need to have
plenty of places where people can find you online.
If you’re a company of one, you may think that it’s
more than enough to point people to your personal
social media page or account, but this isn’t the case.
Now that you are your own boss, you want to make
sure your personal life and business life are separate.
Be sure to create social media accounts where you
primarily talk about your business goals and attract
customers. Sure, there’s nothing wrong with posting
some personal pics now and then to show the person
behind the brand, but for the most part, these social
platforms will be where you show off the latest news
about your business and connect with new customers.
Build Your Brand
9 | Become Your Own Boss in 6 Months
Speaking of customers, now that you’re your
own boss, you’re in charge of rustling up
business! Before you quit your job or even
design your logo, you’ll want to make sure you
have enough work lined up for at least a month
Let friends and family members know that you’re
trying to become your own boss via a professional
email newsletter. Ask them to contact you at a
specific, business-dedicated email address that
you keep separate from you personal account.
You’ll also want to do some outreach to find
customers that you didn’t already previously
know. This will involve reaching out to people in
your communities - both local and online - to see
where you might be able to earn new business.
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One way to attract customers
is by offering introductory
pricing. For instance, if you
usually charge $100 an hour
for graphic design work, you
may offer a first-time rate of
$75 for new customers. Or you
can create a referral program
where customers get discounts
for referring you to a friend or
family member. Again, this is all
about growing a loyal customer
base so don’t be scared about
underpricing at first. As you earn
you reputation, you’ll be able to
charge more and will get even
more business, both of which
will earn you more money.
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After you’ve earned customers,
it’s time to network. Attend trade
shows, happy hours, and meetups
that relate to people in your industry.
Also think about where you can get
referrals. For instance, if you’re a
graphic designer who has a knack for
creating gorgeous invitations, you
want every wedding planner in town
to know your name. That way they’ll
recommend you to their customers.
And building a network isn’t just about
earning new customers. It’s about
creating a community that fosters
growth. So don’t think of everyone
as competition, and start thinking of
them as coworkers!
Create a Network
12 | Become Your Own Boss in 6 Months
It May Take a While
If you follow the steps above, you can be your
own boss in six month. But it’s also okay if it takes
longer than six months. Becoming your own boss
is a dream come true, and dreams take time.
If you hit roadblocks, go over the steps we’ve
listed above. Are you in the right industry? Is your
location one that’s conducive to your goal? Do
you have the creative and organizational skills
to become your own boss? Have you done the
legwork required to build a strong initial customer
Even if it ends up taking you a year, two years, or
even more to become your own boss, don’t allow
yourself to become complacent and do work that
doesn’t make you happy. You only live once, so
make sure that life involves living your dreams.
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