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Entrepreneur With an Employee Mindset

Recorded:
November 16, 2021
Released:
November 24, 2021
Modified:
November 24, 2021

In this episode Matt and Mike discuss the differences between the entrepreneur and employee mindsets, and how getting stuck in the employee mindset as a business owner can spell disaster for your business. The duo also discuss the related topic of blowing things out of proportion, specifically making small decisions into "big decisions" and hesitating when making them for way too long - wasting everyone's time. Then finally they discuss the what work they bring mobile, how they use their mobile devices to bring their work with them - or if they leave all that for their workstation/desk setup.

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HTML All The Things is a web development podcast and discord community which was started by Matt and Mike, developers based in Ontario, Canada.

The podcast speaks to web development topics as well as running a small business, self-employment and time management. You can join them for both their successes and their struggles as they try to manage expanding their Web Development business without stretching themselves too thin.

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In this episode Matt and Mike discuss front-end development, covering a roadmap of skills that can be used as a sort of guide through the many front-end technologies. The duo go over a list of topics that you can use to learn front-end development starting at vanilla HTML + CSS, and working into more complex topics like frameworks, JavaScript, some backend tech, and much more.

Show Notes

An entrepreneur with an employee mindset

  • Getting “stuck” in a contract or working relationship where you just do the tasks you’re given by a client and that’s it for the day
  • It’s easy to fall into this routine of just being your clients’ employee over the years, especially when you have a lot of clients
  • This is very common among people that have worked as an employee before, or those that have been in the “traditional” school system where you effectively wait to be given a task, you complete that task, then you get a reward for that task such as money, or a grade
  • Can really bog down the potential of your business and make your clients’ problems your problems
  • For example, you can easily fall into hard times when they do, and you both fight to get out of it - when you could have just left them and gotten a new contract
  • Obviously it’s not as easy as just leaving sometimes, especially if you know them, or have worked with them for a long time. Sometimes it’s better to stay if you believe their product will take off some day
  • There needs to be a balance of you running your business, and you taking on the tasks that they’re assigning you from their business. Remember you’re offering a service, you aren’t an employee
  • Knowing when to leave or stay with someone is extremely difficult, we mess this up probably every day
  • Footnote: You spend more time doing what you’re told than making decisions and running your business

Hesitating on “big” decisions

  • We all hesitate, rightly so, with big decisions. For entrepreneurs, the decision can take a long time and can even turn into some attempted social engineering
  • Trying to tailor conversations and social situations so that they fit a certain scenario almost never works - this commonly comes up when you have a difficult phone call, or email to send off - we can imagine the full conversation in our head, their responses and ours, but usually the conversation doesn’t follow such a linear path - remember they have their interpretation of the situation too
  • Hesitating on investing with something that you won’t miss.
  • We’ve all been in scenarios where we hesitate for hours and even days on whether we should sign up for some service that costs $10-20/mo
  • In the meantime, that service may give us access to some software that makes your process better and even gives you ideas for new services and/or products to offer yourself
  • At the end of the day if you forget to cancel that subscription, you won’t miss the $10-20/mo realistically (do cancel subs that you don’t use as they add up, but don’t fret over a forgotten month or two)
  • We spend a lot of time hesitating over things that won’t sink us anyway
  • Use that time to make decisions on truly big decisions that may sink you/your business, or affect you long term

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