Posted on 05 Dec 2019
Are there any business habits you need to change?
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.
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.
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.
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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