Something interesting to ponder on….Facebook was born in a college dorm room, Apple started in a garage and the idea for BN Business Solutions came to be when a young boy in boarding school refused to dream small. The point in this is…it may be a small business today but given time and dedication, it can grow to be one of the biggest businesses in Africa and the world yet.
Your business may not have done as well as you hoped in the past year. You may find yourself wondering why you are still dedicating time and resources to it when total failure seems inevitable. You may even compare it to other businesses in the field and find yours wanting. DON’T. One of the advantages of a new year is that you have a choice when it comes to how you handle your ‘small business’. You can either wipe the slate clean and use last year’s failures as a learning curve or you can wallow in self-pity and run your business to the ground. The choice is yours.
People who start businesses always have an overall vision for the business; where it starts, where it is going, how it will get there as well as how it will stay there. One of the must-dos of a business owner is to keep your eyes on the prize, always. The economy may shift, clients and customers bail and your employees resign, but if you know the vision for your business, you will always find a way to keep doing what you do.
Small businesses are categorized under the small business banner not because they are small, but because they are not big. They have all the ground in the world to grow, hence should not be discouraged by their current ranking. Regardless of how monotonous ‘one step at a time’ sounds, it really is the best way to get to the top.
Some business leaders in the world have this to say: surround yourself with reliable and able employees and allow them the opportunity to do what they love best (John Stonecipher), find a mentor who will be a sounding board and ask you questions that will lead you to the answers to your problems (Judith Huck) and don’t let anyone look down on your abilities because of your age and background; and if you have a dream, pursue it with all you have (Bakani Ngulani).
Take time to reflect on how far you have come as a business and how far you still have to go. This will motivate you to never think small.
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