The Employee Mindset: How to Stop Seeing Your Business as a Job


Before I get into the meat of this article, I want to establish something so that we can avoid confusion later: there is a strong and definite difference between a business owner and someone who is self employed.

  • Business ownerA business owner owns one or more business that brings in an income. A business owner usually allows the business to be run by qualified staff- the idea is that the business would continue to grow, even in the complete absence of the owner.
  • Self employedSomeone who is self employed works for themselves, though they are completely dedicated to their occupation. This business is not self-sustaining, and should someone who is self employed stop working the business would likely fail.

Chances are that you see your business in the mindset of someone who is self employed. There is nothing wrong with this, and there are thousands of successful people who are self employed. However, a business owner will usually make more money and operate under a smaller workload than someone who is self employed.

So how do you transition from being self employed to someone who is a business owner?

The first secret is leverage. Find a way to leverage your time, such as using general managers or dedicated management staff, and you will be able to draw an income without even having to work.

The second secret is repetition. Developing a system that can be taught and repeated is the easiest and most successful way to make the transition from self employed to business owner. This involves a few steps:

  1. Work your business, hire staff, and develop a solid income stream.
  2. Train your staff to take on more duties and obligations, freeing up your time to focus on the next step.
  3. Find and train quality personnel who can take on key positions within your company. These people should be able to delegate and manage staff.
  4. Hire and train a general manager- someone who will take on the role of assuming the core of the leadership. Pay this person well, as they will essentially run your business for you.

It sounds quite simple, and though it is not much more complicated in practice, it’s not always cut and paste. Once you have created a leadership structure that will allow you to move away from the business and still operate the business is no longer your job, but rather your investment. You know own a business that you don’t actually work in.

As long as you are working your business you are self employed. That fact is set in stone, and the only way around it is to transform your business.

Ready to become a business owner yet?

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5 thoughts on “The Employee Mindset: How to Stop Seeing Your Business as a Job

  1. I usually quit a job when it becomes a JOB I just dont stand the routine…

    1. Ready? Of course, but need to wait for the right time. I don’t think you can haste your way and immediately become an Independent business owner while you don’t have sufficient fund and popularity.
      Except you are joining as MLM force, you will need to work out your way as a JOBBER at some company, and become independent when you have done well there…

      1. i think you’re right.. it shouldn’t feel like a job.. if it does, then its time for a change. People should enjoy what they do, and have fun doing it!.. if you’re going to spend the better part of your day working, you’d better be enjoying it.
        life’s too short to be missarable at work

  2. I have a student who told me that she wants to start her own business because she is sick of being stressed out all the time and tired of having to work so much!
    As a business owner, I wanted to laugh. As her instructor I couldn’t.
    Sometimes it is hard to make people understand that while they can’t look at owning their own business as a J-O-B, they also can’t look at it as a ticket to not having to W-O-R-K!

  3. I agree with everything you say! If where you work feels like a job and you don’t like going sometimes then it’s time to find another one. It sucks working a job you don’t like because you don’t have the motivation to perform your best.

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