Brad Bawmann, President, The Bawmann Group
When I decided to leave the comfort of corporate America, an older and wiser
boss said to me, "Youíre going to eat what you kill now."
He was right.
Some days we eat pigeon. Some days we eat chicken. Some days itís mac-n-cheese.
Occasionally, we enjoy filet.
Being self-employed is the hardest thing Iíve ever done. I have never worked so hard and been so consumed by the demands of making ends meet.
Recently, my wife asked if my family could have my undivided attention for one day each weekend.
The self-employed celebrate Fridays with glee. "Great. Only two more working days until Monday."
Being your own boss means you can never set aside the thought of it.
I asked the father of a childhood friend who owns his own business, "When do you stop waking up in the middle of the night with cold sweats?" He said, "Well, Iíve been self-employed for 35 yearsI hope it stops once I retire."
Still, having my own business is a dream come true.
Before, I was a "suit."
Now, I rarely wear the familiar uniform of corporate America: a tie and a stiff starched shirt. Jeans, turtle necks and shorts are my uniform of choice.
Have you seen the commercial about the woman who telecommutes? "I fax. I e-mail. I conference call," she chirps in her pink, fuzzy, bunny slippers. "And I still donít shower."
Because I am organized and disciplined, I donít have trouble going to work in my basement. In fact, the trouble is learning to turn off the work. I donít graze the refrigerator and I donít spend much time watering the flowers.
I do spend more time with our 4-year-old and 4-month-old.
I see them more but I observe less.
I am all consumed by not failing.
Once, on a conference call with a hospital CEO several states away, my preschooler bounded down the stairs, his pants wrapped around his ankles: "Daddy, wipe me!"
Such is the joy of working from home.
Would I trade it for a full-time job?
The job you have today is loaded with a thousand benefits and untold
I thank God for Starbucks and Denverís growing number of coffee houses. They are my newfound business home.
In short order here are the best attributes of being your own boss:
On the downside, however, being your own boss means:
Lest I be too pessimistic, let me share with you the realities of self-
Other than that, itís great.
Oh, and one more thing. If Iím not on the clock, Iím not putting pigeon or turkey or filet on my familyís table.
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