I have to say, it is pretty cool to be my own boss. I’ve worked for other people before and decided that it just wasn’t for me. I worked as much as I could and spent as little as I could until I found the opportunity to open the repair kiosk at the mall. I don’t want to say that it was the thing I’d always dreamed of doing with my life, but it has turned out to be a great thing for me. The work I do directly affects how much money I’ve got, it doesn’t get trickled down to me by somebody else who sits around all day “managing” me. If I don’t feel like going in to work one day, the only person that I have to answer to is myself. I’m also not going to make any money that day, of course. However, it is much more of a motivating factor to get my lazy butt out of bed in the morning or to get to sleep at a decent time than it ever was when I worked for somebody else. Of course, I don’t work every single day that the mall is open – that would be nuts – and I don’t always work every day from mall open to close (again, insanity). I know that I lose business when I’m not open, but I also want to have a life. So there’s a sort of balance that needs to happen.
Eventually, I would like to get some employees. It would be nice to not have to deal withevery single thing that goes on. I don’t mind the responsibilities of being a business owner, the decision making and all of the different aspects of being a business owner. It’s the day to day time that can be an issue. Having some employees would probably help. Sometimes when I am really busy, a friend or two will pitch in and do some work for me, and of course I give them a fair cut of the profit, but on a daily basis there’s just me sitting at the kiosk.
I also have to pay a lot of attention to when that new “it” thing is going to be released and be sure that I’m working those days. Because I sell cases and the like at my store, I know that people are going to come looking for a cool case when the newest iThing or Galaxy or whatever is released. And I also have to be there for them when their newest thing suffers some sort of terrible tragedy (does anybody remember the ‘drill a hole in your iPhone to find the secret headphone jack’ thing or the sites telling you to dry your phone in the microwave if it gets wet? Bad for stupid people, good for business) so soon after they slap down money for the thing.
I love being my own boss!