Even if you’re not a subscriber to ideas like The Secret, which teach that if you put good out into the universe, you get good back, it’s impossible to ignore the very real benefits of being grateful. Developing an attitude of gratitude makes you happier and more successful, two things that every business owner wants and needs. Here are ten things you can be thankful for as a small business owner.
- An improving economy. While we’re nowhere near where we were before 2008, the economy is getting healthier by the day. This is, of course, good news for every small business owner.
- Social media and digital marketing. Social media marketing and digital marketing are both inexpensive and extremely effective. As a small business owner, these two media are the best way to get the word out about your business and it costs much less than contacting the same number of people would have cost you before the internet.
- Politicians care about small businesses. Not all of them—but many of them, like the Speaker of the House, are small business owners themselves and know the importance of fostering small business, as well as big business. When politicians are on your side, it helps your business grow.
- Obamacare regulations are loosening. The steep healthcare regulations for small businesses that came along with the implementation of Obamacare are relaxing slightly, which means rate decreases, which in turn should cut the costs of doing business.
- Your impeccable employees. If you have people on your staff that love you and your business and give their all, every day, to make it better, make sure you’re showing them your gratitude for their efforts. Rewarding your staff is always a great way to show them how much you care for them.
- Plenty of workers in the market. If you don’t have great employees or you need more employees, it’s a business owner’s job market out there, with a skilled workforce growing every day.
- People prefer small businesses. They just do. People want to buy from other people, not from corporations.
- You don’t have a boss. Well, you do—but it’s you, and does that really count?
- Better technology. There are more technology options now than there ever have been before, which makes your life easier than it ever has been before. Many of them are also free, which makes it cheaper than ever to own a business.
- Flexibility. When you own your own business, you have unparalleled flexibility. When you kick the cubicle life, you gain control over your life and can do what you want, when you want.
What would you add to the list?