In order to BECOME a self-employed person you have to stop thinking like an employee and see yourself differently. My biggest problem during the process of becoming self-employed is frequently my own resistance to do that.

In order to become a self-employed person you have to start thinking like one. Sometimes I find myself reverting to the nine-to-five mentality, and I get the sensation that if I am not accomplishing a task every hour, then I must not really be working.

Sometimes as a self-employed person/entrepreneur you will have to make decisions about your business.  In some instances you will have to spend time just thinking about a solution to a problem, and you’ll have to quiet your mind so new ideas can come. Therefore, the fact that you’re not pounding away at your computer keyboard every single minute doesn’t mean you’re not working.

I’ve also learned that it’s okay NOT to answer the phone every time it rings.  That’s what voicemail is for, and the same goes for email.  At my nine-to-five job I would leave the email program open all day and answer each one as it arrived.  It took me a while to realize it’s okay to only check email several times a day instead of constantly being interrupted. It’s actually more productive than having to stop your thought process every time “you have mail.” At my other job, I was able to let a phone call roll over into voice mail, but it took me a while to be able to shut down the email too.

You’re going to have days where you feel you didn’t accomplish much.  Then again, you’ll have days where you’ll feel you can conquer the world and you’ll be amazed at how much you got done. Some days you may not finish many tasks, but you’ll make a decision on a problem that needed to be addressed.  Or, you will have learned a valuable lesson about yourself.

And we also have to learn to stop breaking down every task into dollars and cents.  I used to have a tendency to worry about how much I was or was not earning every day.  The truth is that some days you’re going to make more than other days. If I spend my day on marketing issues, even though I didn’t earn any money from it that day, I know that I will benefit from it at some point in the future.

Rather than worry about what benefits I have or don’t have, I have come to realize the benefit I have in my business: I answer only to me. Everything I do will benefit me sooner or later.  Instead of my income being dependent on somebody else’s budget, I can go as far as my own entrepreneurial ability will take me.

And because I’m now doing what I truly love and not what someone else tells me to, I’m much happier and more content. I have learned that if you start THINKING like an entrepreneur, then you’ll actually be one.

Filed under: Mindset Fundamentals

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