I started Draft.dev almost two years ago, but I only recently started to feel like I had earned the title of CEO.
Some of it is my own insecurity, but it's also because you aren't really a CEO when you just have a couple part-time employees supporting you.
You're a CEO when you have built an organization that allows you to step back and look at the big picture.
The thing is, many founders don't really want to do this because they have to stop doing the things that they were already good at (writing code, doing sales calls, etc.).
I think a lot of would-be entrepreneurs should think more about what they’re committing to before getting started. Many of the founders I speak to don't really like the idea of hiring, firing, and coaching other people, so they set a very low cap on their business’ potential.
As a CEO, I'm more cheerleader and coach than player, but that's the way it's supposed to be. I find a lot of satisfaction in helping others reach their potential, so being the CEO of a small company has been very rewarding. But, it's not for everyone, as I point out in my latest blog post.