Archive | March 2013

Running a Business on a Shoestring

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Shoe Laces… (Photo credit: Heartlover1717)

 

I run my business on a shoestring. Actually, it’s more like half of a shoestring that’s missing an aglet. That is to say, my business budget is very, very small. When it comes to getting the things I need to run my business, I have to get creative. Some of my creative money saving attempts have been successful, and some have bombed horribly. But with the costs of running a business on the rise, I have to keep trying. None of my ideas are what you would call earth shattering, but they may be something you haven’t thought of or they may spark an idea of your own. So, here are some of the things I’ve tried.  Read More…

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Stress and the Small Business Owner

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Scream Cropped (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I am a small business owner, and I am stressed out. Between keeping up with my work projects, taking care of my family, and trying to stay healthy, my life can be overwhelming. Sure I get to set my own hours and work from home, but that often means I work late into the night and skip meals to run errands. Sometimes I feel like I’m barely staying afloat.

As it turns out, I’m not alone. According to the Bank of America Small Business Owner Report of May 2012, small business owners find managing their business the most stressful thing in their lives, twice as stressful as maintaining a healthy relationship with their significant other and almost three times as stressful as raising their children. The survey also revealed that small business owners make sacrifices in the other areas of their lives to run their companies, regularly giving up free time, exercise, and other personal priorities. So, not only are we stressed, we’re giving up the very things that can help us cope with that stress. Read More…