Today I had to make a few dozen deliveries for a job we’re just finishing up. While at first I dreaded the idea, I ended up enjoying it very much. Got to chat and visit with fellow business owners, catch up on the latest, see what’s new in their shops. It’s good to get out and chat a bit. It’s was more invigorating than a latte and certainly more entertaining that a new something or rather. I was energized for the rest of the day and it occurred to me that sometimes we shop for that very purpose. Not for the thing but for the interaction of buying the thing. Living in a small town is especially beneficial in this case as I know many of the owners. So, as a quick shout out to fellow business owners this soon to begin season of shopping frenzy, please shop local. Your money goes further and your patronage is more meaningful.
Talk to the big kids
I had a tough day at the office. Nothing major. Just the weight of some deadlines and some budget constraints and that nagging feeling that some days I would be better off working at Tim Horton’s if my work was only about making money.
I suspect, in fact, I know, that many business owners have days like this. Owning a business is very rewarding, very challenging, very motivating but not always very profitable. Small business is the biggest business we have as an economy and business owners take a great deal of risk to ensure their own employment as well as the employment of their employees, their contractors and their suppliers. It’s a team effort. But when you own it, you’re the captain. Which means, when the ship goes off course, even slightly, it’s your responsibility and your dime.
Anyway, that aside (I would write about owning a business for a living if I could make a living at it, truth be told) toward the end of the day, I met with a prospective client who is an inspiration. I’ve watched on the sideline as she’s expanded her business to our area. We got to talking and I realized that it’s really all about perspective. Our numbers are proportionately the same – hers just have more zeros than mine. It doesn’t matter how big you are, if you’re small, and not backed by a giant money, well, you’re small and not backed by giant money, so you have to make it work sans excuses or drama or pity. Just make it work.
Which is what I’ll do tomorrow when I head back to the office to face the day. I just might do it with a bit more perspective.