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How To Be Your Own Boss

by Adam J. Kurtz

How To Be Your Own Boss – Adam J. Kurtz for Design*Sponge

Dreams come true and now you’re achieving your goals while doing the thing you love. Life is perfect and every day is wonderful. You’re sipping coffee at your workspace and ready to dive in when you suddenly realize, “Holy crap, I have responsibilities… to myself. Oh my God.” The best and worst parts of being a creative entrepreneur are the same: you are in complete and terrifying control, fully accountable for every element of your business.

This wasn’t a guide I was prepared to write when this column began, but a few years later I’ve experienced plenty of battles with myself. It really boils down to acting like any boss or manager. Hold yourself to realistic standards and encourage yourself to get through the tough or less-fun tasks. (Just in time for tax season!) –Adam J. Kurtz


How To Be Your Own Boss – Adam J. Kurtz for Design*Sponge
How To Be Your Own Boss – Adam J. Kurtz for Design*Sponge
How To Be Your Own Boss – Adam J. Kurtz for Design*Sponge
How To Be Your Own Boss – Adam J. Kurtz for Design*Sponge
How To Be Your Own Boss – Adam J. Kurtz for Design*Sponge
How To Be Your Own Boss – Adam J. Kurtz for Design*Sponge
How To Be Your Own Boss – Adam J. Kurtz for Design*Sponge
How To Be Your Own Boss – Adam J. Kurtz for Design*Sponge
How To Be Your Own Boss – Adam J. Kurtz for Design*Sponge

 


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Adam J. Kurtz Adam J. Kurtz is a Brooklyn-based artist and author of several books including the international-bestselling 1 Page at a Time journal. His dark (but optimistic) humor comes to life in an offbeat line of gifts and small trinkets. Follow @ADAMJK for more.

 

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  • I love all of Adam’s posts they always seem to come at just the right time, and say just the right thing to make me feel better and give me a little kick up the butt. I can’t wait for the new book to come out!

    – Natalie

  • I’m struggling with sticking to a schedule. I was a librarian until the end of last year. I quit my job to become a potter. It’s funny how things can be scary and exhilarating at the same time. This article helped me realize that structure is necessary in order to feel normal and grounded. I’m going to put these tips into motion this week. Thanks guys!

  • YOU.NAILED.IT….. Love every single one of your posts Adam and wish you every success – you deserve it.
    And now I shall forward this post to my husband – such good advice!

  • I’m in my fifth year of working from home as a small business owner and this is the first time I’ve sat down and W/RTFM!

    …I just made an initial draft of my Offical Company Business Manual for All (just me) Employees. :D Thanks for this genius inspiration, Adam! You’ve got a follower for life over here!

  • This is just what I needed today. I am in the midst of a pre-planned career change and being my own boss is central to my master plan. Thanks for sharing practical wisdom.

  • being an own boss isn’t easy job… It requires ultimate strength, vision, ideology to grab something, and the most important, devotion and dedication to the cause. Because you’ll have to be steady for many years in the same way without looking back…