Who likes being told what to do?

One of the big drivers for me starting my own business is that my boss didn’t really understand what I did but overruled me when I made decisions.

I’m not really good at being told what to do.

But having the freedom to choose doesn’t just come from not having a boss.

Most of the many years that I’ve been running my business I’ve not been able to choose what I do next - because I’ve still been bossed around by money.

I need to pay the mortgage, therefore I need some money, therefore I need this work even though it’s actually crushing me.

That’s why I now don’t let the money boss me about. I don’t let the business boss me around.

It’s not perfect and I’ve still got a long way to go, but I’ve got routines and habits that make sure the business stuff does what it needs to do, giving me a few hours each day where I get to choose.

That structure, that foundation, gives me the freedom to do things the way I want to.

Rahoul Baruah

Rahoul Baruah

Rubyist since 1.8.6. Freelancer since 2007, dedicated to building incredible, low-cost, bespoke software for tiny businesses. Also CTO at Collabor8Online.
Leeds, England