Are there any business habits you need to change?
But First, The Good and Bad News About Holiday Binge Eating
Did you enjoy your Thanksgiving meal(s)? Did you go back for seconds on the stuffing and gravy? How about the sweet potato pie or the banana pudding? My personal vice is the deviled eggs. Thanksgiving 2019 is in the rearview mirror now and it served as the official start of the 6-week holiday eating binge we do every year between Thanksgiving Day and New Year’s Day. According to a study mentioned in MSN, Americans gain on average 1 pound during this stretch (pun intended). I bet that number isn’t as large (another pun) as you expected and that is the good news, but that’s not the whole story. The bad news is that most Americans will never lose this pound. We will just keep collecting them like ugly sweaters year after year after year…unless we change our habits.
Time To Change?
So, are there any business habits you need to change? Maybe you aren’t aware of any, but what about areas of your business that need improvement? What is that one thing that stresses you daily like a pebble in your shoe?
As a small business owner with remote employees, maybe it’s the constant struggle to make payroll. Or it could be frequent employee no-shows that put you in jeopardy of losing customers. These things could be indicators of poor business habits that need to change. It’s a hard pill to swallow, but your current reality could be the sum of all of the decisions that you have made and are still making. Garbage in, garbage out (GIGO) as they say in the computing world.
Examine Your Business From 20,000 Feet
Year-end is upon us, so it may be time to proactively reevaluate your business habits from a top-down, 20,000-foot view and ask yourself some tough questions. Be bold, dream about what you want your business and personal life to look like in 5 years, and work backward to define everything it takes to get there. Be willing to blow up any boxes that your thinking has slipped into and is limiting your company’s potential. As a mobile timekeeping solution for small businesses with remote employees, we talk to business owners every day and understand their struggles. From these thousands of conversations, we have gleaned a few questions that small business owners should frequently ask themselves.
Be Honest With Yourself
- What is your corporate vision for the next 5 years?
- Are you really building a business or have you just created a job for yourself?
- Are there things you need to keep learning to be an effective leader?
- Are you willing to delegate responsibilities? (You should really read the E-Myth).
- Do you have the right people on staff? (How do you get better employees?)
- Do you have customers that cause more stress than they are worth? (Do you really know what they are worth?)
- Are you taking care of yourself?
We hope that you enjoy the rest of the year and the holiday season. When you head back for seconds on the buttered yeast rolls, let that be a reminder to consider some of the questions we’ve posed here and then set time aside for honest self-examination. It’s your business. Work hard to make it what you want it to be.
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