If you look in the shops it’s hard to forget that Christmas is coming. One of the great traditional Christmas films is ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’. The story line being that James Stewart’s character, George Bailey, is considering suicide until his guardian angel shows him how much better his town is as a result of his life.
George Bailey is running a small business. I don’t think his experience is so very different to many small business owners. We have to deal with a whole load of hassle:
- We create jobs and feel quite paternalistic about our staff…but then, from time to time, we have to deal with disloyalty and other problems.
- If we slip up we have to deal with complaints and laboriously sort out any issues – whilst all the good work quickly goes through.
- We have to worry about paying the bills, collecting money, competitors…….
It really helps to be pretty robust to run your own business. Before this blog starts to look like a suicide note, the reason I write this is because I think it is so very important for all business owners to remember and celebrate the success we have. For me this means:
- Celebrating the great team we have and how I enjoy working with them.
- Celebrate the £Hundreds of thousands of tax we save our clients.
- Celebrate the client’s businesses we have improved.
- Celebrate growth of 25%.
- Celebrate our clients who refer work to us, which means they really trust us.
- Celebrate helping people with their personal finances.
- Celebrate creating 10 jobs.
- Celebrate being self employed and self reliant.
My challenge to all businesses owners is to think of 5 things to celebrate before we get too far into the Christmas period.