Sarah Duran on Developing Your Boss Mindset | POP 953

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Have you switched from working for other people to working for yourself? Are you charging for your time on a business scale? How can you start to curate your unique boss mindset?

In this podcast episode, Joe Sanok speaks about developing your boss mindset with Sarah Duran.

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Meet Sarah Duran

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Sarah Duran is an operational expert who has spent over a decade helping people and organizations turn their ideas into action. On top of her business strategy expertise, she’s also a coach who helps solopreneurs live up to their highest potential. She takes her expertise as a consistent six-figure freelancer and combines it with her background in curriculum design, facilitation, and coaching to give solopreneurs the support to get what they need out of their work every day.

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In this Podcast

  • How to start developing your boss mindset
  • What to start doing with a boss mindset
  • Challenges to overcome when leveling up your boss mindset
  • Sarah’s advice to private practitioners

How to start developing your boss mindset

Sarah thinks about the optimal “boss mindset” in three parts: your work, your worth, and your wisdom.

Regarding your work, you have to be both a visionary and a doer at the same time.

When we work in organizations, we are often told that you can only be one or the other, especially hierarchical organizations … When you work for yourself, you have to be able to do both. (Sarah Duran)

Of course, some people are more naturally inclined to one side or the other, but when you are working for yourself you need to be adept at both. So figure out which one you are naturally good at, and then look for some additional support for the other.

Understand that finding your niche takes time. Don’t put off starting until everything is “perfect”, because perfect doesn’t exist, and it’s on the journey that you discover more of what you like and what you don’t like.

Additionally, you will come to learn how to work effectively as your own boss, and when to work as well as when to rest.

We get to redefine what work looks like for ourselves. We get to redefine what time and money look like, and we don’t have to fit into the same boxes and structures that existed for us when we worked for other people. (Sarah Duran)

What to start doing with a boss mindset

1 – Prioritize yourself: as the boss, you need to take care of yourself both physically and mentally, and that means investing in your health and education.

Developing ourselves is not a luxury. It is something that is crucial to our growth as humans, as solopreneurs, as business owners, and we have to support that, prioritize that, and see it as something important to our business development. (Sarah Duran)

2 – See numbers differently: you need to be pricing yourself like a business.

You can’t be pricing yourself the way you did when you were working for someone else, so you need to consider all the other aspects of your business.

3 – Benefits and time-out: again, price yourself like a business so that you can cover the costs of needing time off to rest since you are the business owner and doer unless you have people working for you.

Challenges to overcome when leveling up your boss mindset

You may have a great system for yourself as a boss when you’re a solopreneur, but that might not always seamlessly carry over if you decide to hire people.

Before you decide to hire someone and be someone else’s boss, consider if you want to be a boss for other people.

I think a lot of us get to this point in our business where we’re getting more and more work and the natural thing that people tell us to do is, “Well, it’s time to hire a team!” And that may be the right path for people, but I’ve seen a lot of people who end up taking that step and then they realize that they don’t like managing people. They would rather just be doing the work, instead of managing other people that do the work. (Sarah Duran)

You can still work while managing other people – the crux of the matter is whether or not you would like to manage others, and if that is something that you think your business needs.

Sarah’s advice to private practitioners

Stay true to yourself and follow your instincts! Don’t think that you have to run or make your business in the same way as other people around you.

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Meet Joe Sanok

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