As small business owners, we are always looking for opportunities. (I know I certainly look around.) It is important to know and understand the possibilities. It’s even more critical to know what works and does not work for your company. You have to weigh the options. I recently had to examine a project and determine how it fit in with my vision.
It’s almost summertime! Entrepreneurs, do you have any big plans? It can be hard to get away. We always have a project to complete. We always have calls to make. (I know I am always on my phone.) We try to always be there to answer our clients’/customers’ questions. We have emails that need immediate attention. Oh, don’t forget those extracurricular activities. We have board meetings and events. The list goes on and on. We have to find time to unplug and put up the out of office sign.
When I was in college at The University of Texas at Austin, I took a Radio-Television-Film (RTF) class. It was one of the requirements I needed to obtain my bachelor’s degree in Journalism. The most important lesson I learned was CYA. This is a lesson I will never forget. My fellow students and I chuckled when the professor told us what this meant – Cover Your A--!
It’s National Small Business Week! This is a time to celebrate small business owners. Research shows small businesses account for half of our workforce. Support is essential from those looking for services/products. How can we as high growth entrepreneurs continue to work with our customers and provide the best we can?
Another candidate has thrown his hat into the ring to run for president of the United States. We could see more candidates running. How do they stand out? What makes them different? How do all candidates attract voters on both sides? I am not going to focus on politics specifically. But, let’s talk about small business owners setting themselves apart from their competition. Two different worlds. But the rules are universal.
I am writing my blog a little early this week. I ran across an interesting article about staying focused on your business during the summer. We all know there are so many distractions. For some, the kids are out of school. You may be going on vacation or spending time with family. Perhaps, business is slowing down just because it is summertime. How do you handle it? How do you handle the summer blues?
I’m sure you’ve heard over and over to always ask questions. Entrepreneurs, don’t be afraid to ask questions, even the tough ones, and expect answers when you are conducting business. It is always good to be flexible but know when to let your guard down and with whom. I want to continue sharing tips from fellow business owners. I believe it is so important that we share ideas on ways to grow and improve our companies and strategies.
Wow! It’s been a couple of weeks since I last blogged. I have been busy (that’s a good thing). Thank you for the support and the confidence. I enjoy sharing the unique business lessons that I learn along the way. I also like hearing from you. What is the best piece of advice you have received to help with your success? Do you know of any great training courses, seminars or workshops? It is good to hear how others have gotten to the top. It is also important for us to be willing to give that advice. So, let me hear it!