Learn to Celebrate our Businesses

On this July 4th weekend, everyone is celebrating our country’s independence from England.  There were barbeques going on this entire weekend and we millions of people lined the docks to watch the Macy’s fireworks light up the sky.  It is televised annually and everyone looks forward to having the day off.  Why don’t we do the same things to celebrate our businesses?

  1. Celebrate the anniversary that you started your businesses.

Most businesses don’t take time to mark their first year in business.  It comes and goes without so much as an acknowledgment.  The only time we remember it is if we didn’t make it to the 1-year mark.  Go to dinner and thank your employees, if you have any.  If you don’t, treat yourself to a cupcake – anything to mark such a memorable event.

  1. Celebrate your first employee.

According to US Census Bureau statistics, while there are more than 27 million businesses operating in the United States, only 655,587 of them employ 20 or more employees.   But first, you have to get your first one!  Be thankful that you were able to get someone to buy into your dream by helping you to manage your business.

  1. Celebrate your first profit!

It’s important to realize that huge businesses like Amazon run themselves for years without making a profit.  Be thankful and celebrate – that does not mean blow your profits, but make it known to your bookkeeper and yourself.  Simply write down the date so that you can know when you become profitable – I don’t mean break even.

  1. Celebrate the little things in life.

There are so many little milestones that add up to the bigger ones – you got a new computer, you opened a store, you got a first client, entered a new industry, etc.  Take time to acknowledge these little things because they are all “firsts” that lead to bigger things for your business.

Many of us do not take time to celebrate because we are so caught up in the day-to-day of simply putting one foot in front of the other and keeping our doors open.  Each day that you are open for business is cause for celebration.  Use personal holidays to mark your own business holidays.  Throw a barbeque!