Survival Kit for the Small Business Owner
Being a small business owner is truly a journey. Along the way, one will experience seasons of bountiful success and seasons of drought. In both situations, challenges will arise and your ability to sustain will be tested. However, your endurance is less likely to falter if you're properly equipped for survival. Below, I’ve highlighted some key items to pack as you journey along.
Rest and Relaxation
Everybody needs a recharge. As business owners, the demands and ever-changing environment can create conditions where lack of sleep becomes "par for the course." Despite popular (or even your own) belief, we are still human. While 8 hours of nightly rest may not be realistic, identify an optimal amount of rest that re-energizes you and be diligent about obtaining it. If all else fails, regular napping can help to supplement scarce hours of overnight rest.
Exercise goes hand-in-hand with the aforementioned point. In addition to improving the quality of sleep, exercise yields significant benefits ranging from physical health to emotional health.
Resources - financial, human, technical - are the gold. We need them to do what we do. Simply stated. Protect them and manage them responsibly.
The pain of procuring resources can be eased a bit by sustaining strong relationships. In a healthy small business ecosystem, pooling resources can lighten the burden (and budget) of procurement. Furthermore, building a sense of community can serve as an outstanding support system. It is always comforting to know that you are not alone in the struggle. Additionally, by way of our relationships, we can glean wisdom from each other that will ultimately strengthen our influence and impact in the global marketplace.
In business, it can be difficult to discern motives and identify who truly has your best interest in mind. Therefore, it is important to have a few real friends who care about your holistic wellbeing and are truthful with you at all costs.