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Starting a small business is hard enough

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Starting a small business is hard enough. If you own a small business you know this is true. There are city, county, state and federal loopholes you must jump through. You can write a business plan but, when the rubber hits the road, so many assumptions fall apart. Please don't make it harder on yourself.

Don't make it harder on yourself by not appreciating what people are doing for you. If someone does you a kindness, pay them back double or treble. Don't assume that this person is acting out of the kindness of his or her own heart. Maybe the person already has a successful business or is wealthy. If she does for you, do a kindness back for her.

Don't make it harder on yourself by failing to follow up. Your first clients or customers can give you important guideposts. Did you give them good value for the money? Was your location convenient? Were directions to your establishment easy?

Don't make it harder on yourself by failing to follow the competition. You may have the greatest new idea since Steve Jobs and Apple. You can bet your bottom dollar that he kept his ear to the ground with the other geeks to make sure that he new what they were doing in their garages. Lift your head up from the grindstone and look and listen.

As Frank Podlaha from Street Jelly said, "When you start a business you are bombarded with 500 different things, but you have to stay focused."

On the other hand, don't make it harder on yourself by losing your good manners and thinking of others.

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