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Have You Ever Wondered What It’s Like to Be the Boss?

Are You Really in Charge?

Tom Egelhoff
3 min readMay 1


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You get an idea. You don’t know if it will work, but you take the chance. You pour your heart and soul into it.

It might start with a card table and a phone. Then it morphs into orders and then more, and more orders, equipment, and a facility.

And suddenly, there is more to do than you can handle alone. Which is not as bad as it sounds — if you hire the right person.

The Boss Is Always Right

Here’s the problem. Sharing the responsibility of a business you built working night and day for years is never easy. So, the boss is always right until they’re not.

The first thing to realize is that when you change your hat from owner to employer, no employee will ever have the passion you have for what you are doing.

And that’s not a bad thing. It’s a different thing.

Why Work?

When you run that first help wanted ad, people will show up. Why?

Because, just like you, they have a dream. They need dollars to make things happen in their lives, just like you need dollars to keep your doors open.

You need to realize that people don’t ever work for other people. Everyone is self-employed.

As an owner, you have a vision and want it to come true. Your employees also have a vision, and by working “with” you, their dreams can become true too.

Your dream will never become a reality if you try to achieve it at the expense of others.

How To Hire the Right Person

A local business owner has a great philosophy with it comes to hiring. “Hire for attitude and train for skill.”



Tom Egelhoff

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