Being the CEO of a business is a great accomplishment! You're number one--the head hauncho or Queen Bee--and you ultimately get to call the shots. That privilege, however, comes with a price: responsibility. Because you make decisions, you also help steer the direction of your business, whether you’re self-employed, a freelancer, just beginning a startup, or the CEO of a major corporation, and in order to steer successfully, you should master the following tips: 

1. Manage Your Time 
In order to avoid overloading your plate, you’ll need to manage your time more efficiently. While small tasks such as quickly answering a client’s email or call are easy to postpone, after awhile these small tasks start adding up. If something can be done quickly, it’s best to do it right away. Additionally, keeping track of appointments with Google Calendar or Microsoft Outlook can significantly help you juggle the many tasks you’ll have on hand, and help time management significantly.

2. Give Up Control and Establish Trust
As the boss, we often don’t realize that we hold on to tasks because we want to be able to control them. Bbeing a great CEO and running a successful business requires a certain level of trust in your colleagues.  Most people want freedom, and although oversight is a must, nobody wants to be micromanaged. Give your employees the power to do their jobs. When you empower your employees, you will create more motivated workers that are committed to doing their best for your business. 

3. Develop Relationships
While talent and hard work are important, business success ultimately boils down to relationships. On your next call or in-person client meeting, before talking business take the time to get to know your client and have a general interest in their life. What are their hobbies? What are their kids up to? What are they planning for the holidays? In the end, client satisfaction will increase if they feel genuinely connected to you.

4. Get Involved
While you should always try to follow Step 2 and give up control, it also doesn’t hurt to get involved sometimes. Roll up your sleeves and show those you work with that can connect with them, no matter where they are on the organization chart. By creating projects that you can work on with your employees, you’ll demonstrate that you not only care about your business on all levels, but that you care about them, too.

5. Stay Informed
The only way to stay at the front of your industry is to stay up-to-date with the latest industry news. Set aside 30 minutes to an hour every day to read the latest articles and posts in your industry. Follow major players in your industry on Twitter, track the latest blog posts with RSS feeds and subscribe to professional journals for your industry. 

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