Being a small-business owner has its perks. You get to do something you’re passionate about and be responsible for shaping your own destiny. You’re allowed to make your own schedule and see firsthand the impact that your life’s work makes on your clients. And if things go well, you could end up making a boatload of money.
But for all its many bonuses, owning your own business can also be quite trying. Wearing so many hats can weigh you down, and slow seasons can even make you wonder why you decided to strike out on your own in the first place. If you’re feeling the small-business blues, take heart. Here are some quotes to keep you inspired.
When sales are down and new customers are scarce, you might wonder if it could be time to throw in the towel and go job hunting. But any successful entrepreneur will tell you that tenacity is key.
One finds limits by pushing them. – Herbert Simon
I’m convinced that about half of what separates the successful entrepreneurs from the non-successful ones is pure perseverance. – Steve Jobs
Far and away the best prize that life offers is the chance to work hard at work worth doing. – Theodore Roosevelt
Every accomplishment starts with a decision to try. – Unknown
The only place success comes before work is in the dictionary. – Vidal Sassoon
Wondering If You’re Crazy?
You knew that your crazy new business idea was brilliant, and you conducted the market research to prove it. But when things aren’t going so well, you may question your own sanity for taking the plunge.
Whenever you see a successful business, someone once made a courageous decision. – Peter F. Drucker
If you see a bandwagon, it’s too late. – James Goldsmith
Successful people are the ones who are breaking the rules. – Seth Godin
Imagination is everything. It is the preview of life’s coming attractions. – Albert Einstein
The business world is dog-eat-dog, and sometimes the pressure to stay ahead of your competitors can be overwhelming, but it’s all part of the game.
Live daringly, boldly, fearlessly. Taste the relish to be found in competition – in having put forth the best within you. – Henry J. Kaiser
Always forgive your enemies. Nothing annoys them more. – Oscar Wilde
Business is a combination of war and sport. – Andre Maurois
Victory goes to the player who makes the next-to-last mistake. – Savielly Grigorievitch Tartakower
You can’t please all the people all the time, but don’t let dissatisfied customers get you down. In truth, they’re a valuable opportunity.
Statistics suggest that when customers complain, business owners and managers ought to get excited about it. The complaining customer represents a huge opportunity for more business. – Zig Ziglar
A calm sea does not make a skilled sailor. – Unknown
The golden rule for every business man is this: put yourself in your customer’s place. – Orison Swett Marden
Your most unhappy customers are your greatest source of learning. – Bill Gates
It is not the employer who pays the wages. Employers only handle the money. It is the customer who pays the wages. – Henry Ford
Quality in a service or product is not what you put into it. It is what the client or customer gets out of it. – Peter Drucker