This week is small business week, so instead of our usual safety tips and techniques; I would like to extend a congratulatory “Thank You” to small business owners everywhere. I do not have the exact stats in front of me, but I have heard that a huge majority of businesses, tax dollars, and jobs are directly related to small businesses.
In my opinion, and as a small business owner myself, I firmly believe that small business is the backbone of America. It shows everything that is great about our Country and our resolve to ‘beat the system’ and succeed in our passions. It also shows just how crazy we are. I know several business owners that have given up decent salaries and benefits to venture into the unknown. What kind of crazy does one have to be to give up that kind of steady and dependable income? Well, it’s the best kind of crazy! Many people will not willingly go out alone and venture into a new field, or offer a better way of doing things. After all, most of us have families to feed and bills to pay. Being a small business owner and/or a “solo-pranuer” can be extremely frustrating, financially and emotionally draining, and very taxing on marriages and relationships.
Just think about all that a small business owner has to do. I, for example, am the Janitor, Receptionist, Training Manager, Sales Team, Lead Generator, Payroll Specialist, CFO, CEO, Public Education Specialist, Community Outreach Coordinator, Social Media Guru, and many, many other things. Some of these things I do very well, most I have had to learn on the fly. I am responsible for all of it, and it is not easy. I often rely on my beautiful (and tremendously understanding) wife for honest feedback on a new idea or design or approach to something. For every 10 ideas I have, I get at least 9 “No!” responses. And that is actually a good thing as that helps me focus a little better. For all the jobs I do not want, cannot do, or refuse to do; she usually catches the short end of that deal. For without her and our amazingly beautiful 10-month old daughter; most of what we do here at HHP would not be possible.
To coin a radio advertisement; I may be by myself in these ventures; but I am never alone. As a career firefighter and a small business owner, my best advice to other small business owners is to find and collaborate with people many times smarter than yourself (not hard in my case); and to outsource what you cannot do yourself. It may seem expensive, but it really pays off in the end and frees up your time. After all, a business ceases to exist if we spend all of our time working IN our business, instead of ON our business.
In closing, thank you and congratulations to small business owners everywhere. Keep up the good work. After all, it is us who will make this Country great again, not some rambling politician that lies 200 times a day or makes false promise after false promise.
Until next time, stay safe my friends!
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