Everyone has a boss to serve

ARE you ever really the boss?

I'm sick of being told what to do and how to live my life, so I'm going to start my own business and be my own boss.

I can't tell you how many times I've heard people say that - and subsequent events usually demonstrate the stupidity of that comment.

It's an unfortunate fact of life that everyone has at least one boss, and often many more than one.

Allow me to explain.

There's always the obvious boss...your spouse. But we won't go there.

If you earn your income as an employee, the person who pays your wages will (at some stage) assume the title of boss. Whether this is deserved or an illusion, he who controls the purse controls the power.

The taxman has a unique way of bossing you around.

There are many laws that are used to control your spending and earning behaviour, and of course the regular financial pain caused by the taxman is a constant reminder that you are not in total control of your financial resources.

For a self-employed or small business owner, there is one boss that may not immediately spring to mind and that is your customer.

Whether or not you agree with the saying 'the customer is always right', let's return to the idea of he who controls the purse. You need to at least be mindful of the wants and desires of your customers if you plan on staying in business for any length of time.

Finally, despite the fact that you may pay the wages, to a certain extent you are controlled by your employees.

He who controls the purse needs to also remember that everyone is a volunteer, and there are usually other fish in the sea. A disagreeable boss can soon become an ex-boss.

All of these 'bosses' (even the wife) have this one thing in common - you can't live with them, and you can't live without them.

So perhaps offer whoever is your boss at the moment a kind word today.

You never know how many bosses they're dealing with.