She understands me
When I’m having a bit of a blah day my boss gives me permission to have some much-needed time out. She understands that I do my best work when I’m at my best. She doesn’t make me feel guilty and I never have to worry about workplace repercussions.
She believes in work-life balance
If it is my turn for tuckshop duty or I want to spend time with my preschooler – that’s okay. I can adapt my work hours around my family commitments.
If I need a couple of weeks off to drive my family out into the middle of nowhere to look at dinosaur fossils, she’ll help adjust my timetable accordingly. Family time is her priority.
She doesn’t judge
If I *gulp* disappoint a client in any way, I don’t get chewed out by my boss. She knows that I am harder on myself than anyone else. There’s no public shaming. She lets me be held accountable by the right people – our clients. She knows that I am committed to our clients and will take the necessary steps to address any shortcomings and mend the relationship.
She pays me on time
Okay, sometimes if she’s busy she’ll pay me a bit late. She’ll also do a pay run for me immediately if I mention it – I don’t have the inconvenience of having to wait for that next pay cycle.
She supports a relaxed workplace
While I love dressing up all businessy when I go out to visit clients, when I’m at home I can wear what I want. If I’m running a bit behind in the mornings after getting the family organised, that might mean pyjamas. Mostly, it’s whatever I’d wear to school pickup.
My attention is devoted to doing my work, not having to look perfect for the benefit of those in the next cubicle, in my case, my pet birds. Luckily they aren’t as judgemental as some of my past work colleagues!
She wants me to succeed as a solopreneur
If I’m struggling or need assistance, I have permission to seek the expertise of others, whether it is a business coach or a fancy schmancy copywriter. I don’t have to write a business case or plead for funding. It is in her best interest that I succeed.
And yes, I know I’m no Richard Branson, and I’m also not the world’s best boss. But I am exactly the kind of boss I need right now. The perfect boss for me. I have created a business world that suits me. I make the decisions, and workplace politics and bureaucracy dare not enter.
Solopreneur, what do you think of your boss?