Over at Life Optimizer, Donald Latumahina writes a great article on “How to Make Yourself Your Own Company.”
It’s a great perspective. Most of us have, perhaps, thought of ourselves as “consultants” or “independent contractors” with our work, but I think that putting a “company” label on it offers up some good advantages:
- A company has a mission more than a consultant. A successful company drives activities to the mission and is more proactive than a passive consultant.
- A company has measures. Success or failure, there are measurements in place to evaluate progress against goals so that activities can change to meet goals.
- A company has finances. An individual may not have “profit and loss,” but financial measures bring a new dimension to our work.
- A company has projects. As individuals, we often don’t think of ourselves as having projects, only tasks. But companies have initiatives for the longer term.
- A company reviews performance regularly. Top to bottom, how the company performs is reviewed — just like our work should be reviewed.
Check out the ten ways Donald provides for helping to see yourself as a company. It’s a good read.