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September 14, 2010

"The firm that pays me", you say. While I would not argue with that obvious truth, take a moment to look more deeply into the question, and consider a different possibility. What if who you worked for was first and foremost, yourself? Lots of people want to have their business, so what would happen if you took the view that you were an entrepreneur in your own career?

Maybe it sounds silly, but let's explore this idea for a moment. You are now, as of this moment, in your own business. Let's call it "Me, Inc.". You obviously want to succeed in your business, so what are some things that you would do to help make that happen?

Would it make sense to clarify the mission or purpose of your business, identify your customers, and decide on what you need to deliver to them? Certainly the firm you work for would be a top customer. There’s also the people you report to in the firm. Would you consider them to be customers of Me, Inc? What about the clients served by the firm that you do work on, or have a relationship with? Aren’t they customers as well?

As a successful entrepreneur, would it be important for you to take the time to ask questions to make sure you understand what your different customers expect from you, and then do your best to deliver it? Perhaps checking in with them on a regular basis to see how you're doing?

The way I see it, you are the one constant that will always be with you throughout your career. Share with me your thoughts and comments on whether or not taking this unusual view of your career could serve you, and if so, how?

As a consultant and trainer for the past two decades, Rick Solomon, CPA, both challenges and empowers accountants to reach higher levels of success. Making more money in fewer hours, doing more enjoyable work, and having an awesome life/work balance are just part of how he defines success. He is chief executive of RAN ONE Americas.

Comments (2)
This is definately empowering. It inspires us to be proactive and to take control over our career. Thanks for the awakening!
Posted by ddarnell | Wednesday, September 15 2010 at 9:59AM ET
As a knowledge worker, the means of production is your brain. Any professional who does not see it this way should seek employment elsewhere.
Posted by | Tuesday, September 14 2010 at 3:47PM ET
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