Business Owners: Are You a Manager, an Employee, or Both?
By Victoria Ring
Every business is unique. That is because every business owner is unique. From the way we dress, to the food we eat; to the way we handle life and make decisions, every business owner runs a unique enterprise.
Some business owners run their business as a manager. These are business owners who spend the majority of their time making decisions and coordinating the way the business operates. They expect to give the actual work to someone else and manage them.
Other business owners do not like to manage and they end up running their business as an employee. They rarely market their business and are content with having a few customers and pleasing them.
However, I am a business owner that does both. This is evident from the 7 different businesses I have started during my entrepreneurial career. As a product developer, I derive my enjoyment from developing products that train and educate others. Therefore, I like to get my hands dirty and do the work as well as manage my business. I am a typical example of a manger/employee.
Where problems in business often occur is when a manager/employee type person enters into a business relationship with a manager type business owner. The perspective from both sides are often so totally opposite it can cause great friction and personality issues that can never be resolved.
As you continue to build your business, you will continue to come into contact with others in your field that may be able to help with your growth. As your business grows, you will be approached by many people who have ideas about how to make you more money. Always be cautious. First, find out what type of business owner they are. Are they a manager, an employee or both? And what kind of business owner are you? Depending on the situation, make sure you both match in the way you run your business before proceeding with any type of negotiation to work together.
I wish you the best of success and continued growth.
About the Author
Victoria Ring is the author of 6 books, a variety of training videos, DVDs and online exams relating to the training and education of attorneys, paralegals and virtual assistants working in the debtor bankruptcy field.
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