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July 3, 2006

The Health Of Your Business Is All About Choices

When I first started my business, I heard all kinds of things about small business people being able to set their schedules. In their minds this translated into starting late in the morning, escaping early in the afternoon and unlimited days off. I even saw this business model in action. This person had managed to whittle their business hours down to three hours a day and couldn't make it to work on time, often leaving their clients waiting a half hour or 45 minutes. After a while, people began to see this person as unreliable and unprofessional.

The reality is that if you want your small business to succeed, you have to treat it like a job. Show up when nobody is there and be available if the phone rings. Owning your own business is harder in many ways than working for someone else. That's why I decided to work today. I started out giving just a couple of clients appointments and planned to take a half day off. But with so many people having today off, the request for appointments grew and now I have a full day.

I am grateful. Being self-employed means that the days I don't work are the days I am not paid. It's already a short week because of the Independence Day holiday, so my bottom line will take less of hit if I work today. After all, the bills still need to be paid even when I am on vacation.

Posted by linda at July 3, 2006 7:18 AM

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