Starting a business can be quite the process. It’s never too early to start getting all of your ducks in a row and acting like a boss. In the beginning it’s likely you won’t have a bunch of “boss like” things to take care of daily. That’s OK. It’s better to be over prepared than to be in over your head at the first sign of a growth spurt. So now that you’ve got things started, how do you take it to the next level? Here’s a few things you can do to start taking yourself seriously as a BossBabe!
The goal is to look like a babe and act like a boss.
Focusing on how you present yourself is one way to get into the acting like a boss mindset. If you want to be a CEO, you should start looking and acting like a CEO. That means different things to different people because, let’s face it, when you’re the boss you are free to decide what that looks like to you.
Setting up a schedule is another way to get things started, and make the shift from wishing to doing. This can include items like meetings with your team; inventory checks; QC, packaging and shipping orders; etc. You may not be getting enough orders in the beginning to have regular shipping runs but you should add it to the schedule anyway. When you set a schedule, you may not have the appointments to fill up your calendar yet, but getting into the habit of maintaining a schedule puts you ahead of the game.
It’s not important to run out and spend a ton on branded office supplies and merchandise, but you should have at least a basic handle on your brand identity. Brand identity is something that develops over time so what you use as your signature now may evolve as you grow. In the meantime, however, if someone contacts you about a business proposition you should be ready to respond appropriately. Even without a fancy logo, a professional-looking letterhead and email signature can do the trick.
It doesn’t hurt to dress the part too.
Maybe you envision yourself having meetings with corporate heads to discuss partnerships. What do you plan to wear on those days? Maybe your company doesn’t have a dress code and you plan to be able to wear whatever, whenever. That’s cool too. What a designer might deem appropriate business attire will differ from what a boss with her own law practice may wear. What’s important here is physically representing your brand the way you want to be seen professionally.
Be who you want to be in the present moment and take the steps to evolve. This is a great way to progress toward your goal of being a boss. You’re already a babe so you’re half way there. Acting like a boss is just a slight attitude adjustment. They say fake it ‘til you make it. But we prefer to think of it as stepping into the life you plan on living. After all, we are the ones who create our own reality.