Running a small business is TOUGH.. you’re Sales, Marketing, Customer Service, Finance and everything else in between! Days off are rare as you never fully switch off, whether its calling suppliers on the school run or writing down new marketing ideas during dinner - your business, your livelihood and your career are always at the back of your mind. Here are the top 10 reasons to be proud of running a small business:
You’re in charge
You’re the key decision maker, you don’t have to answer to anybody else. If you want to decorate the office bright pink or take a 3 hour lunch break, you can!
When you plan your working week you can design this around your existing commitments to promote a healthy work life balance. This could be around childcare, gym classes or your monthly hair cut!
Risk / Reward
If you put yourself out there and take the big risks, you can also reap the big rewards! Nothing ventured, nothing gained.
You’re the boss
When you’re the boss you can never get turned down for a promotion or face rejection over a pay rise request, if your company is performing well you can reward yourself with that pay rise without negotiating (except maybe with your accountant!).
You’re able to instil your own values and belief systems within your business, whatever is important to you can be passed on to your customers.
Work anywhere, anytime that works for you - with huge leaps in technology, working from anywhere in the world is actually possible and not just a dream.
Always wanted to learn about Sales? Or Marketing? Take a course. You’re in charge of your own destiny and whatever you think will improve your knowledge, if you want to learn something new - no-one is going to stop you.
There’s no glass ceiling, there’s no working 40 hours a week for someone else to drive the nice car - there is no limit. You get out what you put in!
Every time you secure a new customer you do a happy dance - a HUGE sense of achievement at every stage.
To be financially independent is empowering and absolutely possible when you’re running a small business.
Whilst it’s relentless being your own boss, it’s also something to be incredibly proud of. The next time you’re having a hard day, look at this list of reasons to be proud and remember why you’re doing it. Think about who you’re doing it all for, whether its your family or for yourself, it will all be worth it in the end.