How to Be Your Own Boss

Being your own boss is a totally different ball game. We aren’t taught a lot about it in school. Unless you were raised by parents that owned businesses, you might have very little experience of what it looks like behind the scenes.

As therapists owning practices, it’s so important to figure out what it means to “be your own boss”. I find that this is where therapists can REALLY struggle.

It can feel isolating and challenging to own a business and yet have no one to answer to. Need to do marketing work but a friend invites you to lunch? No one will know if you skip the marketing work (except yourself)!

It becomes easy to begin to put things to the side, especially the things that are the most overwhelming, but being your own boss means having accountability to YOURSELF.

Here are some tips:

  • Schedule time each week to work on the business (this does not include the time you are seeing your clients).
  • Hold weekly check-ins with yourself to go over what you were able to accomplish and what is still on the agenda.
  • Reflect on what is especially challenging for you and do that at THE BEGINNING of the week so that you don’t continually put it off. For instance, is it hard for you to market yourself? Schedule in some time to write blog posts on Monday.
  • Build friendships with other therapists in business. Be each other’s accountability buddies.

What else do you do to maintain accountability?

Let me know in the comments below!


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Elizabeth Earnshaw is the owner of two businesses – a thriving private practice in Center City, Philadelphia and an online school that offers psychoeducation and therapist training programs. She is passionate about helping therapists to create a thriving career so they can live abundant lives. To read more about her, click here.

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