Why I am thankful to be a small business owner
Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays. No gifts to buy, no costumes to assemble and no place to be other than home with the ones you love. As I reflect on 2016, I am especially thankful for the opportunity to work from home doing something I love. Being a small business owner, I feel a special bond with other individuals who work hard to grow their own business. It isn’t easy but the rewards are great. In honor of Small Business Saturday, here are the reasons I love owning my own business:
Ensuring excellent customer satisfaction. I want every client to come away from their experience with my law firm completely satisfied with their experience from beginning to end. Because it’s just me at the firm, the buck literally starts and stops with me. I am completely in control of making sure that I offer my best in every interaction with my clients.
I can try new things and be innovative. I enjoy using creativity in my practice. I like being inspired by other people, articles I read, things my kids say and the world around me. If I come up with an idea to use in the management my business, I can give it a try! I don’t have to arrange a meeting or get approval from anyone. If I try it and it doesn’t work, I learn from it and move on.
The sky is the limit! The growth and evolution of my practice is directly related to the work I put into it. There are many more people to serve and connections to make. While some days it sounds nice to have someone give me a list of work that needs to be done, there is something cool about going out and finding the work for yourself. After sixteen years of practice, I still get excited with every new phone call.
My clients rock. I feel very honored to meet so many different people from all different walks of life and in many different seasons of life. As a small business owner, these wonderful people are what makes my business work. I am thankful for all of you!
Showing my girls that you have great choices. As a mom of four girls, this is really important to me. When I was in law school, I didn’t envision the opportunity to be your own boss and set your own course. I had a lot of doubts when I first started my law firm over a decade ago but I had a plan and knew what was important to me. I want my girls to see me working and juggling different responsibilities, as all moms do. I hope that they will grow up knowing that they can make choices that work for both their families and their careers.