So, small business owners keep grinding. Keep making those calls. Keep networking. Keep doing what you have to do to grow your business. Don’t give up. You build it and do a good job, they will come!
It is crucial to always look for opportunities. This is a statement that I have believed, but as a small business owner, it is really coming to fruition. This is a great quote from Thomas Edison. "Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work." Don't be afraid to roll up your sleeves and get your hands dirty.
There is just something about a new year. It’s an opportunity to reset your goals and come up with new ideas. I am looking forward to new and bigger opportunities. I believe to have a winning formula you have to have passion and vision. I love this quote from the late Christopher Reeve, “If you don’t have a vision, nothing happens.”
This is a great time to reflect on the year you’ve had and make plans for the future, especially business owners. I know I’m still a neophyte at this adventure, but I have a few tips I hope will assist as we ring in 2016. Take a few moments to think about your profit and how you can increase the bottom line. Examine your client base and find ways to improve services. Continue to network. Don’t be afraid to share what you do with others. Maintain your confidence and belief in your dream.
I remain excited about my new journey. I am learning that you gain and lose business. Any small business owner must know that patience is a virtue. This is a lesson I learned in the 11th grade after I wrote that sentence 50 times for my geometry teacher. But, that’s another story for another day. Back to the world of entrepreneurship. As you experience ups, downs and those times in between, you have to continue to go harder.
Don’t let any barriers get in your way. Sometimes, we can be our worst enemy. So, don’t let you get in the way of you. Push yourself! Even when you think things are going downhill, look for unique opportunities and think outside of the box.
Of course, not everyone will be on your side. Some people will question your abilities. They will push their insecurities on you. Don’t take it personally. Keep it moving! Don’t let any barriers keep you down. Remember, that sentence I had to write 50 times. Patience is a virtue. Write it down a few times if you have to. Good things take time. The next big opportunity is coming your way.
Do you remember those knock, knock jokes? Yes, they can be a little irritating, especially if a young person tells you five of them in row. But, as an entrepreneur, knocking is essential. I always tell our youth that opportunities will come your way and you have to take advantage of them. But, most importantly when they come, you have to know what to do with them.