How to be boss of the year? Work for yourself. (Simon Booth)

10 TIPS FROM BUSINESS AUTHOR TOM PETERS ON WORKING FOR YOURSELF

1 Be able to describe what you do in eight words or less.

2 Try doing it part time before doing it full time.

3 Use your network contacts to drum up business.

4 Keep good books. Cash in must exceed cash out.

5 Never be overconfident; under-confidence is a better driver.

6 Don’t overbook yourself because your quality will suffer.

7 Read your tail off, because you must stay ahead of the curve.

8 Engage in social media to attract like-minded people.

9 Don’t post a website unless it’s a very good one.

10 Never be late for an appointment, service call or deadline.

Source: Tom Peters interview

— Bruce Horovitz