on 30-06-2016 10:29 PM
A lot of entrepreneurs tend to say that they set-up their own thing because they are impossible to be managed or just can't be an employee.
I'm curious whether that's the case with you? Or do you have other dominant drivers as to why you want to create your own business?
on 30-06-2016 10:46 PM
I don't feel like I can't be managed. I have volunteered since, being a supervisor at a charity (arguably I am still the one magaing others in this case!), but I still have someone above me who I reported to. There were regulations, a structure, and certain ways of doing things. That was fine.
I certainly can't see myself being a typical employee, however. I would say that's only happened after having chosen the route of entrepreneurship. I was never like that in the first place, but now I've had a taste of it I can't go back!
The autonomy means a lot - I do enjoy a fairly flexible life. The other great thing is that I can set out the vision. I have so many ideas it's crazy, however to see at least one of them become reality is amazing.
on 01-07-2016 01:23 PM
Again I certainly feel like I can be managed, even in my own business now. I know where my weaknesses are and that is why our business benefits from having more than one person so that together we can exceed our clients needs and wants. If a project comes in that is not mey strength, I will happily be managed by a co-director or another person to ensure the job is done well!
Empine Print Management Ltd
on 02-07-2016 11:49 PM
Really interesting thoughts @jameshamstead - definitely share similar thoughts on this one and it has been more the case after making the decision to fully enter the world of entrepreneurship.
Curious though, once getting to a level where investors are on board or you have an Advisory Board of sorts, will that chance your approach to being managed at all?
on 03-07-2016 08:03 PM
@oli not really sure. It's not on my radar at the moment. We do have two investors, however they're fairly hands-off. I'll see when I get there, however it almost certainly won't be my current business that presents this scenario.
on 03-07-2016 10:26 PM
@jameshamstead - Interesting, thank you! Was it part of the appeal with those investors, that they take a fairly hands-off approach with you and your business?
on 04-07-2016 11:20 AM
@oli We knew them already. One of them had already worked with my father in the past on various projects. As such, they were easy to approach and we knew who we were dealing with, and vice-versa. So in a way, yes!