Can you believe 2017 is almost over? This has been an interesting year with a few changes for me. Change can be difficult or different, but it’s what you make of it that matters. Change can also be a good thing. Sometimes, you need to step back or remove yourself from a situation to realize that bigger things are on the horizon. As Oprah once said, “Turn your wounds into wisdom.”
As one year ends and a new one begins, this is a great time to reevaluate your goals. Think about how you plan to attract new customers. What will it take for you to increase your business output and revenue? First, get rid of the bad habits and negative thoughts you had in 2017. A friend gave me a piece of great advice to take into 2018. It’s simple and you’ve probably heard it before: “THINK BIG!”
I am a firm believer that you do something because it is the right thing to do. You cannot let others interfere when you are doing what is best for you or your company. As an entrepreneur, you know that some people will absolutely love your product. There will be some who disagree. There will even be times when competitors will be at the same event or vying for the same client. This is all okay. That’s a part of life.
Collaboration is essential for small business owners. We have big ideas. We are constantly on the go trying to find ways to grow. So, having those extra set of eyes or that partner to enhance a project can be beneficial. As entrepreneurs, we must encourage and assist one another. Success is the ultimate goal.
We all know owning a small business can be tough. The days and nights are long. But, there are many benefits such as being your own boss and setting your own hours. You set the tone for how you run your company and treat your customers. At the root of it all, you must be passionate about your dream.
I have written about this before, but it’s important that we, as small business owners, know our worth. And we can’t be ashamed of it either. I recently talked with an entrepreneur about his pricing and he didn’t flinch. He was very confident when he stated the costs for his services. Let’s think about it, when you go to the grocery store or a restaurant, the person taking the money tells you the total and you pay.