Does Your Business Have an Exit Strategy?

Does Your Business Have an Exit Strategy?

Why would I ever need an exit strategy? You may be asking yourself that after seeing the title of this post.

 

In the past six weeks I have been asked that by three separate potential clients while we were meeting. Of course they prefaced it with, “we don’t expect it, but just in case.”

 

They all had a great point. You never know what is going to happen. People move. People die. Not all businesses live forever.

 

For me, with the work ethic I inherited from my dad, I could do this until I am old and gray (ha!), but most likely not. Whether your plan is to have your business for 10 years, 20 years, or build it to where you can merge with another, you need to know what the plan is when that days comes.

 

Having an exit strategy in mind will help you run your business better. After thinking about it, I did a little research and found some great insight into this.

 

Having an exit strategy will make you document everything – including your processes.

 

Imagine trying to explain 10 years of doing things to a person in a week. Without having anything written down. Documenting what you do and how will help in the end – it will also help if you hire people and delegate or if you have to step out of your role short-term.

 

Having an exit strategy will help you know how to value your business in the event someone does make an offer to buy your business.

 

Even if you have zero plans of selling your business, you never know who is watching you. I’ve had a few people over the past six years casually mention the word ‘partnership’ to me, but that isn’t something I am personally in it. I would love to buy another marketing agency and merge into that if the stars aligned (major long-term goal here). THAT would require an exit strategy.

 

Having an exit strategy takes some of the stress off of you, the business owner.

 

I am a plan-for-the-worst type. I like to have all bases covered, just in case. So knowing what my exit strategy is takes some stress off of me because I know what will happen and how things will go. Now, I do not plan for that to happen for MANY, MANY years (my husband has to retire first!) but it’s there… just in case.

 

All that being said, hopefully it’s given you something to think about. So, what is your business’ exit strategy?

 

 

References:

https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/249065

http://quickbooks.intuit.com/r/business-planning/5-reasons-why-you-should-start-with-your-exit-in-mind/

5 Elements to Being a Successful Business Owner

5 Elements to Being a Successful Business Owner

I want to be successful because I like to win. I’m not being arrogant, those who know me best know just how competitive I am. That competitiveness drives me to aim for success in whatever it is I’m doing.

 

Success, for you, could mean an important job title or it could mean a lot of zeros on a paycheck. Success could be staying with the same company for 10+ years or it could be simply doing something that makes you happy. It could even mean getting to a point in your life where you can just walk away from it all.

 

Regardless of what kind of success you are working towards, it doesn’t come easy. It requires blood (sometimes literally), sweat, and tears. It means staying up all night to finish a project. Missing some of your children’s activities. Putting off a large purchase. To modify a quote from one of my favorite TV shows, success comes at a price.  YOU determine the price by how YOU define success. It doesn’t always mean $$$.

 

I’ve owned this company for six years and have been successful with it. However, there is always something to learn and people to learn from. As business owners, we need to continually seek out ways to grow, both personally and professionally, draw from the experience of others – and learn from them.

 

Take a look at these statistics from Small Business Trends, published in November 2016, on the success of small businesses in America –

 

  • A bit more than 50 percent of small businesses fail in the first four years.
  • In fact, of all small businesses started in 2011 (when ME Marketing Services started):
    • 4 percent made it to the second year
    • 3 percent made it to the third year
    • 9 percent made it to the fourth year
    • 3 percent made it to the fifth year
  • Leading causes of small business failure:
    • Incompetence: 46 percent;
    • Unbalanced experience or lack of managerial experience: 30 percent;
    • Catchall category (includes neglect, fraud, and disaster): 13 percent; and
    • Lack of experiences in line of goods or services: 11 percent.

 

Success is a hard-fought battle that not everyone wins. Sometimes the success is just that you fought. Here are five brilliant observations I have learned from other business owners over the past few years that has helped me, and hopefully they will help you too.

 

5 Elements to Being a Successful Business Owner

 

1. You have to know your definition of success.

 

Like I mentioned above, success doesn’t always equal zeros on a paycheck. How successful you will be depends on how you define it. Here are some examples…

 

  • More time with your family
  • Being able to purchase a home (or even a second home at the beach)
  • Industry recognition or awards
  • Speaking engagements

 

Know your definition of success before you do anything else. This will also help you set your personal and professional goals in life.

 

2. What are 1 or 2 things you can do differently to set yourself apart?

 

It’s been said birds of a feather flock together. If that’s your case, how will be people know who you are? In a competitive business world, to be noticed you have to stand out. It could be from your hard work, your job title, or who you know.

 

Ask yourself – what is your “it” factor? You aren’t born with “it”, you have to develop it. What sets you apart from the other ‘birds’? To steal a line from a graphic floating around, be a Jackie Kennedy in a world of Kardashians.

 

3. Find a mentor and build a support system around yourself.

 

All successful people surround themselves with a good support system. Having a business coach or mentor is the first place to start. Surround yourself with people who want to help you succeed, not hold you back. This could be a spouse or partner, friends, family, co-workers. Whoever it is, be very selective in who you choose. They need to help set you up for success, not failure.

 

This person should also be someone who can give you honest, constructive feedback on what you may not be doing right. Surrounding yourself with “yes” men and women will not help you grow.

 

4. Set boundaries.

 

Knowing what you will and won’t do will help to define who you are and what your success is. Boundaries are important because not only will they help you stay focused, it will keep others from tempting you with things you have no business doing. This could range from business ethics to simply saying “no” to helping out at an event.

 

This is something to keep in mind every time a friend calls and says, “can I pick your brain about <enter your profession>.” Your time is money, don’t give it away for free.

 

5. Remember the Golden Rule.

 

I cannot stress how important this is. How you treat others says a lot about your character. Go into everything treating other people how you would want them to treat you. It may not work all the time, but you’ll be able to sleep at night. Being the competitive person I am, I will be the first to admit I struggle with this. I want to win every pitch I make. I want to win every project I bid. This includes being respectful of your competition as well.

 

One thing to ask is how can you serve others? By serving others, you’ll see your generosity come back to you. This can range from giving a college student an hour of your time to mentor them. It could help with your organization’s fundraiser. This could simply be showing compassion. Serving is a big part of my business – we donate money and time to many worthy causes in our area. It’s one of our cornerstones. We’ve been blessed over the years and it’s only right to pay it forward.

 

 

One of my favorite quotes on this topic is from Sir Winston Churchill – “Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.” Success can be fleeting, so enjoy it while it lasts, and hopefully it will last a long time.

 

Do you think you have what it takes to be successful? What attributes do you think a successful person needs?

 

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If Work/Life Balance is a Myth, How Do We Manage?

I have come to the conclusion that there is no such thing as true work/life balance. Anyone who has it figured out or is telling you how to achieve it is feeding you nothing but BS.

 

Everyone is uber-busy and as much as we’d like to achieve balance between our work and professional lives, it doesn’t exist in the form we like to think. You cannot manage time, you can only manage tasks.

 

In all of our lives, balance is not the ultimate goal, it’s just an average of what you are doing. We all juggle multiple things at once in our lives – businesses, kids, spouses, friends, charities, etc. To say you are not trying to do it all is a lie.

 

61% of Americans say they do not have time to do what they need to do. Click To Tweet

 

I’ll be the first to admit I can be an absolute hot mess at times. I’m married, have 2 daughters, one of which started middle school this year, own my own business and am deeply involved in my community. Late nights are nothing new. There are days that I’d rather sit and read Outlander than be productive.

 

Life keeps going and so must we.

 

Kiz Adams, Work/Life Balance Coordinator at the University of Georgia has become one of my new favorite people. A former UGA Law School professor (true story – she taught my husband when he was in law school there), she now holds a new position at our alma mater, working to help UGA employees balance out their professional and personal lives (kudos to the Provost for creating this role). Kiz spoke at the Terry College of Business Professional Women’s Conference I help with each year and her session alone was worth the price of the entire conference.

 

How do we manage all these moving parts in our lives? Here are some of the key takeaways from Kiz, and the biggest time wasters you will encounter, and hopefully by knowing these, you will be able to restructure your time so you won’t go about your day as one hot mess.

 

Five Takeaways

One of the first things to know is that…

Efficiency is not Effectiveness

Urgent does not mean Important

Clock is not a Compass

 

Set Goals

Make Professional Goals, then prioritize them. Make Personal Goals, then prioritize them. When making your goals, ask yourself, “What’s important at this time in my life?” This will dictate A LOT. We all go through seasons in our lives. My goals 5 years ago are different from what they are now. Once you make your choices, own it!

 

Brain-Dump Frequently

There’s a graphic floating around social media that talks about your brain functioning like an internet browser with multiple tabs open. It can get quite overwhelming. Doing a weekly brain-dump is a great habit to get into. If you’re not familiar with a brain-dump, it’s when you write everything that needs to get done on a list (this can be personal things or professional) and then prioritize it all. I do this every Sunday evening. Of course, things will get added throughout the week as I remember or as they come up. You can also do this via Google Docs or in your smartphone.

 

Figure Out Where Your Time Goes

You only have 168 hours every week. Do you know how you are spending your time? For one week, a normal week, log in your time – yes, every time you check your email, every time you look at Facebook, every time you blog, etc. – and at the end of the week, total it up and see what you spend your time on. Evaluate that.

Here are some questions to ask:

  • How much is applicable to my goal(s)?
  • Do I need to reevaluate my goal(s) (time-invested v. time-spent)?
  • Am I underestimating how long tasks are taking?
  • Am I interrupted often?
  • Do I procrastinate?
  • Have I taken on more than I was originally hired to do?

 

Restructure Your Time

It’s not enough to recognize when you have a problem managing your tasks, you have to change the behavior. Start with one area – don’t try to change it all at one time. Schedule your important, high priority stuff first. Also, tackle the stuff you don’t want to do first. That always makes things easier!

 

Stop Wasting Time – The Time Wasters that Haunt Us

It’s bad enough our attention spans are now shorter than a goldfish. We are easily distracted and good at wasting time. Some of these time wasters are ones you wouldn’t think of, so have an open mind.

 

No. 1 – Email

How many times a day are you clicking over to your inbox or checking in on your phone? Stop checking this constantly. Set aside 2 or 3 times each day to check your email (unless there is something urgent you are expecting). For example, check it at 8am, 12pm, and 4pm – and ONLY at those 3 times. Also, organize your emails with tags, reminders, folders, etc. to make your inbox easier to decipher.

 

No. 2 – Multitaskingimg_0416

 

You would think this would be a time-saver, right? Wrong! This is a myth. It takes more time to switch between tasks. Studies have shown that after a mere 30 second interruption, it can take 5 minutes to get on track and research has shown that most workers switch tasks every 3 minutes (Kiz Adams, Terry PWC Conference Presentation). So that’s about 160 switches each day. Doing Kiz’s math from the conference, you can also see in the picture, 160x5min=800 minutes of lost productivity (13 hours). Her suggestion? “Batch” your tasks in 90 minute- 2 hour time segments. That’s about all your brain can handle at one continuous time. I’ve started doing this and I get more done.

 

No. 3 – Meetings

Plan meetings carefully and always have an agenda and focus. Do not just meet to meet.

 

No. 4 – Reports & Memos

Avoid any unnecessary narrative if possible and use bulletpoints. Charts and spreadsheets can get your point across quite effectively.

 

No. 5 – The Internet

I could write a novel here, as I’m sure you could Google this and find more articles than needed. Just be specific on what you are doing and have a time limit.

 

No. 6 – The Chatty Coworker

Fortunately for me, I’m the only one in my office. My chatty coworker is a dog who likes to bark at anything that moves outside the window. However, for those who do work in an office, if you can, just close the door or invite that person on a walk. If all else fails, just gently talk with person about their talkativeness.

 

No. 7 – The Boss that Gives You More and More and More

It’s great to have the vote of confidence from your boss that you are doing a good job and that they value your work. However, sometimes that can be taken advantage of when they pile stuff on your already-full plate. If this is you, kindly ask your boss to prioritize the new task(s) and ask yourself if you have to do this and if you have the skills. And if need be, you may have to talk with your boss and come up with another plan.

 

No. 8 – The Travel/Commute

If you are one of the ones who spend a good bit of time in your vehicle (or on a train or bus) getting to and from work each day, you know you have time to waste. This is the perfect opportunity to catch up via audiobook on some business books, or compose notes on your tablet or smartphone for a project. Maybe you can just use the time for some coveted “you” time (the moms everywhere are jealous).

 

No. 9 – Procrastination

I am so guilty of this. The advice Kiz gave was spot-on and I couldn’t have said it better. Just jump in. Do something to force your hand. Narrow your focus. Break things into 10-20 minutes segments. Most people procrastinate because they get overwhelmed thinking about everything that has to be done, that’s why breaking it up is a good way to start.

 

No. 10 – Perfection

Perfectionists are the worst. We will tinker with something just to get it right, wasting who knows how much time just to make sure we have the right font, or something is spaced right, or we have the right wording. Here is where we need to let go or just outsource.

 

Wrapping it all up, what can we do to help make our lives more manageable?

Wake up Early

Get up early in the morning and get going. Getting an early start always sets you ahead for the day and makes you feel like you’ve gotten something accomplished before the day really starts.

 

Do the highest priority/most important task first

Doing the most important task first usually takes the biggest weight off your shoulder for the entire day or week. Same can be said for the most dreaded task!

 

Be 100% focused on whatever you are doing at the moment.

It doesn’t matter if you are pushing your child on a swing or writing a business proposal, be 100% focused on the task at hand. Your child or partner will remember the undivided attention you gave them. You will also find when you are 100% focused on what you are doing, you’ll be more effective and efficient because there won’t be anything to distract you.

 

Learn to unplug and put the electronics up.

This is hard, but you just have to unplug at times. We can frequently go into information overload and working in social media, it happens more than I care to admit. When your business is 24/7/365, it’s hard to unplug but trust me, you just got to. Your eyes, mind and family will appreciate it. After a refreshing break, you’ll find yourself more focused and ready.

 

Just say “no”. And do not feel you have to explain why.

You do not have to agree to everything. There is not enough time in the day to be superwoman (or superman). Busy makes us feel important, when in reality it doesn’t. We choose to be busy. We think if we go on and on about what all we have to do, we will be perceived as being someone important. We have to prioritize what we do. It could be your children, your spouse or something else. When you do say no, unless specifically pressed, you do not have to explain your reason(s) why. It’s no one’s business but your own why you are declining something.

 

Realize that YOU are in charge.

Only you have the power to say yes and no. No one else speaks for you. Do not concede to putting it in someone else’s hands. You have more power than you think.

 

Draw the line and defend it.

Being a working mom, I have boundaries. You need to have boundaries too. You need to know what you will and won’t do and defend that. This could be time with your kids, ethical business situations, things that pertain to your religious beliefs. We all have lines we won’t cross and when tempted, we need to defend it. On the same lines, find your family time and defend it as well. If your family time is from 5-8pm, for example, do not take phone calls or work during that time. Sometimes that balance means turning clients down. Remember, if they want to work with you bad enough, they will work with you on this.

 

Last but not least…

 

Success is finite; aim for significance.

Success can be a new client or an award. Significance means you made a difference. We all want to have success, but that really only lasts so long. Aim for something that you will be remembered by. If you are too caught up in the everyday busyness of our lives, we’ll never achieve that long-term success (significance) we are looking for.

 

How are you working your life out? How are you managing it all?

 

 

Another Hard Lesson Learned in Business

Another Hard Lesson Learned in Business

I have a confession to make. I screwed up this week. Royally.

 

I’m not a perfect person (or business owner or mom or wife or friend), nor have I ever claimed to be. I do, however, believe in walking the talk, and that’s where I failed.

 

As a social media professional, I have given umpteen talks about being cautious about what you post on social media – both as an individual and as a brand. Words can be taken the wrong way, interns can totally mess up a business’ image, accounts can get hacked – we’ve all heard the stories.

 

I have one to add to that list because I, Mandy Edwards the professional, did it to myself.

 

One of my business’ mantras is to always conduct itself with transparency and with complete honesty. We’re always upfront about everything, so every question can be answered. And this can be for better or for worse, but I have found through long, tough experience, transparency and honesty will get you a lot farther in business than lies and cover-ups.

 

So in that spirit, for better or for worse, I share this with you so you can learn from my mistake. See, you can be fresh out of college and new to this, or have been in this business many, many years like myself. Mistakes happen to everyone but how we handle them, I feel, says a lot.

 

This past week, I had a few business “events” (as we will call them) not work out like I had hoped, which left me in not a good place. At about the same time this last “event” fell through, I found out about yet another business “event” that I missed out on, which was what I call, the straw breaking the camel’s back. This all took place around 10:30-11:00pm (nothing good happens after 10pm – we should all just go to bed). Being the self-admitted hot-headed redhead I am, I sent out three cryptic angry tweets, one vague Facebook status, and an Instagram quote on my business account, which I re-grammed onto my personal account. Oh, and a ranting blog post as well. No organizations, businesses, or individuals were named in any of it. But I knew better. I knew better.

 

Feeling somewhat vilified, I go to bed and wake up six hours later feeling like the most horrible person in the world (and still felt that way for two days). Within a couple hours of waking, all the tweets (and the few replies) and the two Instagram posts were deleted. The Facebook status was getting a lot of response from a lot of business owners so I left it (it was joking about how being a business owner needs a guidebook on handling the emotional rollercoaster that comes along with it). The blog post got buried deep in the website thanks to backdating.

 

But in those 6-8 hours it was all up, even though it was the middle of the night when everyone was asleep, people took notice. The ones I was upset with took notice. Everything was taken down, but I still didn’t feel right. I felt bad because I knew better. I knew I messed up. I knew I did something I shouldn’t have – I didn’t walk the talk. I failed myself.

 

So I did what I thought was best – I publicly admitted (without the details) to my followers what I did and owned up to it. If I can’t be transparent and honest in my business in a time when there’s so much fake-ness going on online, then how can I be a good steward to my clients? I own up to them if I mess up, so I feel I owe the same to you.

 

I also reached out and messaged an individual who was upset about the posts and apologized to them. My fingers were shaking as I typed it. I felt like I was going to be sick. But I knew I had to – I felt the Lord telling me it was the right thing to do. I knew I was in the wrong and I had to own up it.

 

In our sermon in church Sunday, our Pastor made a statement that made me reflect on all of this. He said the words we speak reflect what’s really in our heart. It made me think, did I really mean those rash things I said as a result of a hurt ego and wounded business pride? No, but it’s a statement that’s made me more aware of what I will say in the future.

 

As a business owner, I royally screwed up. Someone recently called a good friend and mentor of mine a “loose cannon”. That’s the best way to describe what I was the other night. It’s not fun writing about this. Believe me – I’d MUCH rather write about 10 tips to increase your Instagram engagement or creative ways to use Facebook Live during the holiday season.

 

I just hope that if you are reading this, you see this as an example of what not do “in the moment” when you’re upset or so angry about something you need to vent. Social media is a great medium for a lot of things, but venting or releasing your feelings over something is not the place.

 

Mark this off as a lesson learned.

 

 

35 Reasons it Rocks to be an Enterpreneur

35 Reasons it Rocks to be an Entrepreneur

“Choose a job that you like, and you will never have to work a day in your life.” -Confucius

As an entrepreneur, I can honestly say that I have chosen a job I like. Yes, I do have to work. A lot. And a lot of hours. But I do work I enjoy and I get satisfaction from.

My business celebrated its fifth birthday this year and man have I learned A LOT in five years of owning my own business but I wouldn’t trade being an entrepreneur for anything.

Here are 35 reasons it really does rock to be an entrepreneur and be your own boss –

 

#1 – I get to set my own schedule. If I want to get up at 6am to get started, great! If I want to work from 8pm-12am, great! The ability to set my own hours is freeing.

 

#2 – Speaking of freeing, the freedom. I get to do what I want when I want. There’s no boss to check on you, however you do have to have some sort of accountability going on.

 

#3 – I can be ‘mom’ and ‘business owner’. I LOVE being able to take my girls to school and pick them up. I love getting to go on their field trips or take them to dance. It’s the little things.

 

#4 – Feeling accomplished. Owning your own business gives you that feeling that you’re really doing something – you are following your dream and seeing it come alive.

 

#5 – Not wearing makeup. Have I mentioned how much I hate wearing it?

 

#6 – Working in my pj’s. Yes, every entrepreneur has done it or will at some point.

 

#7 – The tax deductions. Ah, I love being able to write stuff off so Mr. Taxman won’t take as much.

 

#8 – Meeting awesome people. I wouldn’t know about half the people I know if I didn’t own my own business. You meet so many interesting people who are walking the same path as you.

 

#9 – I get to really use all of my college education. If you told me when I graduated college (with a marketing degree) that I would actually use the 3 accounting classes I took, I would have laughed at you. I’m not laughing now. Also, thank goodness my college BFF/roommate is now a CPA!

 

#10 – The recognition. I would be lying if I said I didn’t like being recognized for my work.

 

#11 – More opportunities than I could imagine. When I started ME Marketing Services over 4 years ago I had no idea that I would be, in 2015, working with one of the biggest names in my industry AND teaching through our local college and tech school.

 

#12 – The swag. I love me some swag. Thanks to Canva and Sprout Social in particular 🙂

 

#13 – Becoming global. Everyone who owns a business wants to see it take over the world. Well, maybe not literally. I know people on just about every continent. I’ve been on a marketing podcast based out of Africa. I have contacts in Europe. I have a client in Canada. Still amazed.

 

#14 – Having pool time. Yes, that’s the bribe to my daughters for letting me work during the summer – afternoon time at the pool.

 

#15 – Unlimited vacation time. Gone are the 10 days per year, bring on the unlimited days per year! Of course, like all business owners, if we don’t work, we don’t get paid, so we can’t go crazy.

 

#16 – Gym time. I love to work out. Since I have the freedom (#2) I can go work out, then come home and work without worrying about taking time off or getting up at 5am.

 

#17 – The ups and the downs. As bad as the downs can be sometimes when owning a business, the ups are pretty dang good, if I may say so. You have to have those downs to appreciate the ups.

 

#18 – Mobility & flexibility. I can work from anywhere. Now, not every business owner has that ability, but since I work from an office at my house, I can take my work with me – to the pool, to my parents’, on trips, etc.

 

#19 – Being able to treat my family. I’m a solopreneur with a part-time marketing assistant. I don’t have a lot of overhead. 2014 was a really good year. Because of that, my husband and I were able to take our daughters to Disney World before Christmas to celebrate their birthdays (one is in November, the other December). I love being able to treat my girls to special things and I couldn’t do that without my business.

 

#20 – The never-ending learning. Working with social media especially, there is always something new to learn. Continuing education always keeps our minds fresh and staying on top of the latest gives us an edge too.

 

#21 – The people I get to work with. When you own your own business you get to work with some pretty awesome people. From peers I’ve collaborated with to working with an industry giant, it’s pretty cool. Being the (American) football but I am, having a NFL player as a client isn’t too shabby either.

 

#22 – The hustle. As a business owner, you are always promoting and selling your business. At school, at church, in the grocery line – there’s always an opportunity to talk about your business. Being one who loves to talk, I could talk endlessly about social media and how you can use it for your business.

 

#23 – The rare, precious quiet times. There are weeks where I feel I’ll never get it all done, but when I finally do, it’s nice to sit on the couch with my husband, have a glass of wine and enjoy a favorite TV show, not worrying about something that didn’t get done.

 

#24 – Showing my daughters that women can do it. I’m not one of these psychotic feminists, but I do believe women should have the same opportunities as men. Owning a successful business and my daughters getting to see it and be a part of it is amazing. They’ve been able to see first-hand that they can do what they set out to do. If they want to own a business, they can do it. If they want to go to med school, they can do it.

 

#25 – Getting to help others. I do my best not to do a lot of free work, but if it’s for a worthy cause I will. For example, we may not be able to write a massive donation check to our daughters’ private school, but I redesigned their website for free. There are times when giving your time and knowledge is just as valuable as a monetary donation. Be selective though or you’ll get taken advantage of.

 

#26 – I’m never bored. Seriously. There’s always something new to work on or tinker with. If I am bored, something’s wrong.

 

#27 – I get to say “my company.” There’s something about saying you are a business owner that makes you puff your chest out a little bit more.

 

#28 – The challenge of it all. I’m a VERY competitive person by nature, so I’m always working to get on a list or bring in more sales than the previous year or just be better in general. The challenge of owning a business is enough motivation to keep all the wheels rolling.

 

#29 – A post-graduate degree isn’t necessary. When I graduated with my undergrad from business school, everyone was talking about where they would work for a few years, then where they would complete their MBA. Here’s something about me – I don’t have a MBA. I don’t need it. For what I do and the industry I work in, you really don’t need a college degree (if definitely helps though). For me to get a MBA now would just be for vanity reasons and as much as I would love to have one, it’s not worth the $60,000+ just to put those 3 letters behind my name.

 

#30 – No 2 days are the same. The exciting thing about owning a business is that each day is different, especially in social media. I enjoy looking forward to what each day brings.

 

#31 – It’s okay if my home office doubles as my daughters’ playroom and it’s (most of the time) messy. Right now on their half of the room there are Wii games out, Barbies on the floor and books that need to be put up. It reminds me of what I’m working for – them and their future.

 

#32 – It sums up a few of the points above, but when you’re a business owner (especially a solopreneur), you get to what you want, when you want and how you want. There’s not better freedom than that.

 

#33 – I’m the boss. The buck does stop here. My first grade teacher told my parents I was bossy and I got in trouble all the time for it. She said it would help me later in life, but just not in first grade. Well, Mrs. Benton, look at me now, LOL.

 

#34 – I feel valued. I had a previous job where my boss’ wife (who also worked at the business) made me feel like I didn’t know anything and always made me feel like I wasn’t valued. When you own your own business, you feel valued because it’s you – you’re doing the work, making it work and reaping the rewards. You make yourself feel valued just from what you do.

 

#35 – Lastly, I get to hang with the best fans and followers any business owner could want. Without you, my business wouldn’t be here, so thank you from the bottom of this redheaded football-addict’s southern heart 🙂

 

Those are my reasons, so what’s yours? Share below in the comments!

 

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