Changing Your Employee Mindset

When we leave our day jobs to become entrepreneurs we have to “unlearn” what it means to be an employee. It took me a full year to rid myself of the employee mindset!

You can also listen to this blog post instead of reading it. Hit the play button on the player below. 

One of my clients gave me a much-needed kick in the pants. She explained to me that I was not her employee and therefore did not need to share everything I did in my business. All that time I was thinking she was my BOSS not my CLIENT – big mistake!

When you become an entrepreneur it requires a change in your mindset.  So, remember…

You are the boss; not the employee.

The buck stops with you!

You make the decisions – the decisions are not dictated to you!

Don’t look to your clients for direction.

You determine:

  • Who you work with
  • What you do
  • When you do it
  • How you do it
  • Where you do it
  • And for how much

Set Business Policies And Stick To Them!

Making the transition from employee to entrepreneur is a life-changing experience!

Take the time to embrace it. 

I’d love to hear your comments. Please take a moment to leave me a comment and share your thoughts.

Please share if you know someone who might benefit from this information.

Thanks for reading!

Enjoy your day – Susan

Join the FREE VA Training Vault

You’ll have immediate access to more than 15 hours of how-to video information about the VA industry. Get to know The Techie Mentor™ and learn how to get started, find clients, and much more.

Written by Susan Mershon

Susan Mershon started The Techie Mentor™ in 2013 to teach Virtual Assistants her no-fluff approach to the systems and skills they need to build and automate a successful business.

With a strong base in project management, Susan brings her love of systems and teaching to offer in-depth training and mentoring to new and experienced Virtual Assistants.

She’s taught over 5,000 students her unique systems and strategies that focus on offering high-end skills that give you the freedom to work when and where you want.

To learn more about The Techie Mentor™ and the systems and skills she teaches without all the fluff or hype go to The Techie Mentor website.


Other Blog Posts You May Be Interested In…


    This was true for me as well when I ventured into business for myself. I found myself still feeling like an employee and giving way too many status updates to clients as if they were my boss. I soon realized I had to “unlearn” my employee mindset and learn my new role as a business owner. I needed to view my clients as other business owners who looked to me for solutions for their business. To see this as a business partnership between my client and myself. As I helped them grow their business, I was essentially growing mine because they trusted me enough to hire me for services. Great post Susan!

  2. Deb

    Great reminder! I’ve struggled with this one after being an employee for 20 years. I appreciate your reminders that I am the boss now. The list of “You Determine:” is a much needed reminder and may end up on my desk! Thanks!

  3. Marianne costello

    Once again… exceptional content from Susan Mershon! Great reminder…

  4. Sue Harrawood

    Ahhh so true Susan! This is paramount as we coach newer VAs and our Exceptional Subcontractor students. Us veterans can get caught sometimes too. It’s important we keep this in front of our eyes at all times. We must remember that if our clients wanted an employee they would have hired one. 🙂

  5. Diana Ennen

    I love it! Great reminder. Even being in business for a while you can get caught up in that. Sometimes from the “aim to please,” and often times not at all the client’s fault. I love thinking like an entrepreneur! Thanks for the tips. Diana Ennen

    • Susan Mershon

      Amen Diana, me too!

  6. Valerie

    One thing also to remember is that people are hiring you to have solutions, not to just give you work and tell you how to do it. You must add value!
    Good topic.

    • Susan Mershon

      Great tip Valerie – thank you!

Submit a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

The Techie Mentor

Pin It on Pinterest