Are there any business habits you need to change? After enjoying a few Thanksgiving meals and countless deviled eggs, I need to reconsider my eating habits, but that’s another story. Let’s talk about your service business. What is the one thing that stresses you daily, like a pebble in your shoe?

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Be Honest about Your Business Habits

Your pebble may be the struggle to make payroll, especially if you have remote employees. Or it could be frequent employee no-shows that put you in jeopardy of losing customers. These labor issues are often indicators of poor business habits that need to change. The pill is hard to swallow. Your results are the sum of all of your decisions.

Examine Your Business From 20,000 Feet

Year-end is upon us. The time is right to reevaluate your business habits from a top-down, 20,000-foot view. Ask yourself tough questions. Be bold, dream about what you want your business and personal life to look like in 5 years. Then 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. We talk to business owners daily and understand their struggles. We’ve learned a few questions that small business owners should frequently ask themselves.

Questions to Ask Yourself

We hope you enjoy the rest of the year and the holiday season. When you head back for seconds on the buttered yeast rolls, let it 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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