As a small business owner, I am constantly hiring new employees and am immersed in the hiring process. I love the beginning of the process, particularly looking through resumes. Each resume has a story. The single piece of paper has years of hard work, dedication, experience, and discipline. I often ponder at my own experience and wonder “what’s my story, and what’s the next chapter?”
During this unusual time with COVID-19, I have seen many business owners roll up their sleeves. They have been proactive and looking for ways to overcome this challenge. Some entrepreneurs have steeper hills to climb and a rocky road ahead, but we all have one thing in common… We’ll have a story to tell.
I would encourage anyone that is enduring their “small business battle” to take a moment to reflect on how far you’ve come. Think about the early stages of your business and all the times you weren’t sure you were going to make it. Talk to a friend or partner about just how scrappy things used to be and how it can sometimes feel like “success” is just barely out of reach…yet you always seem to muster the energy for the next leg of the race.
Taking a look back will add perspective to your situation now and give you the energy you need to press on!
Ben Sutton is the founder of Mazuma USA, an accounting firm providing tax, bookkeeping and payroll services to small businesses. Since founding Mazuma, Ben has established himself as an expert in the small business world. He’s still driven by that same desire to provide accounting help to all small businesses – from photographers, bloggers and creatives to lawyers, doctors, and dentists, everyone needs affordable accounting help. Ben is a Certified Public Accountant, and a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. But Ben considers his greatest achievement and credential to be his happy wife and four children.