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10 Things Small Businesses Should Be Grateful for This Year

With Thanksgiving right around the corner, I thought I’d share a few things that I am (and likely you are) thankful for as a business owner.

1. We Get to Call the Shots. Whenever I see friends suffering under the rule of a bad boss, or not getting raises because of cutbacks, I’m thankful that I’m my own boss, and that I don’t have to put up with working with or for people I don’t like. Sure, I might make more if I were in Corporate America, but I wouldn’t trade the balance in favor of more money for anything.

2. We’re Pursuing our Passions. Sometimes I have to force myself not to check my email. But because I genuinely love helping people with marketing, I’m always eager to see what’s awaiting me. If you love what you do, be grateful. Not everyone has that luxury.

3. We Can Work from Home. People ask me how I can stand it, working from home every day. I love it. I’ve carved out my home office, and actually get much more done here than I would in an office surrounded by distractions. Plus I rarely have to suffer in painful heels like people that work in offices do!

4. We Can Choose Who We Work With. Many people have said, “surround yourself by people that are smarter than you.” As a business owner, you can do that! I enjoy finding writers to work with that complement my own skill sets, and who “get” why I love writing.

5. We Get to Write Off Business Expenses. Spending money is hard for small business owners, but at least we know we can write off that business trip or lunch.

6. Seeing Our Name on a Business Card is Thrilling. Admit it: every time you see that title of President or Owner on a business card, you smile. If you’re like me, you still can’t believe that you run a company. I still feel like “little ole me!”

7. You’ve Got Low Overhead. This may not be true for everyone, but because I run a services company, my inventory is in my head. I don’t have to buy stock and have it sit there. Makes for high profit margins!

8. You Can Take a Week (or Two) Off for Thanksgiving. Or take the day off just because it’s Tuesday. I love having flexibility, though I often feel like I should work just because that’s the expectation.

9. You Don’t Get a Standard Paycheck. Okay, for many of us, we miss the steadiness of a regular paycheck, but when you realize you can make more than you did before, it’s fun to invoice and start seeing the money roll in.

10. You’re Limited Only by Your Own Imagination. If you want to start a second company or add a product line, you can. You’re in charge of your own destiny.

What are you thankful for?

CorpNet is thankful for small business owners like you. Whether you’re starting a business or have been running a business for a while, we salute your dedication and bravery. Happy Thanksgiving!

Photo: Sugar Daze on Flickr

Susan Payton

Susan Payton

Susan Payton is the President of Egg Marketing & Communications, an Internet marketing firm specializing in content marketing, social media management, and press releases. Susan is also the founder of How to Create a Press Release. She blogs about marketing on her blog: The Marketing Eggspert Blog, and also writes on Small Business Trends and BizLaunch. Susan has written several books, including DIY Press Releases, 101 Entrepreneur Tips and Internet Marketing Strategies for Entrepreneurs. Follow her on Twitter @eggmarketing or on Google+

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