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How to shift from business operator to business owner

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Paul Siderovski
SiDCOR Chartered Accountants
So do you have a business? Are you a business owner or are you stressed all the time? Are you able to be strategic, or are you doing the same things over and over because you’re too busy to innovate and create more effective solutions? Are you able to step back and see the bigger picture?
If not, your new goal is this: become a business owner. Choose to make that shift in both your identity and your business. A business owner is the ultimate strategist. An owner maximizes his or her business by leveraging the talented individuals around them. Ensure that you have a team you can trust with this ‘baby’ you have poured so much love and passion into. Otherwise your business will always be limited by what you personally can do each day and you’ll always be stressed.
This doesn’t mean you can’t do the things you love or be a part of the business. By all means, you can still be the operator where it makes sense to be the operator. But allow yourself and your business to thrive by making this necessary shift in your mentality.
Changing your context to business owner v business operator is like giving you a new pair of glasses that will allow you to have laser focus vision on the things you should be doing as the owner v operator.
Easier said than done, I know I have been there, but make the choice to switch and the rest will fall into place.
For further information contact SiDCOR on 1300 743 267, email or visit
Paul Siderovski2 Paul Siderovski

The founder and Managing Director of SiDCOR Chartered Accountants, has 21 years experience since starting as a chartered accountant with PricewaterhouseCoopers in 1995. Paul started Newcastle-based SiDCOR in 2002. Paul has a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Newcastle and is a Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants and the Taxation Institute of Australia as well as the National Tax and Accountants Association.