When you work for yourself, you wear all the hats, and with those hats come decisions.

Small business owners are experts at research. We study all the possible routes, then choose from them the best we can. However, without first going down a path, we can’t be one hundred percent sure where it leads. Because of this, there are times when we look back and see that we should have gone a different way.

At these times, rather than veering off into self-blame, celebrate all choices you have made. Know that the lessons you learned from them are permanent, while the decisions themselves seldom are.


When faced with overwhelming problems in the world, it’s easy to become disheartened. Rather than feeling you are too small to make a difference, remind yourself that you’re a capable human being with lots to offer.

Do you know where you’d like to lend a hand? If not, consider trying several different paths to determine which volunteer activity suits you best. Do you love being physically active? Do you want to use your computer skills? Who do you want to help? Try a little bit of everything and see what fits.

Even taking a day to loan your time can go a long way to reversing any feeling of helplessness.


“Life’s challenges are not supposed to paralyze you; they’re supposed to help you discover who you are.”

– Bernice Johnson Reagon


Is your business making regular donations yet? Choose a charity close to your heart and decide that for every project, product or service sold you will donate a certain amount. Doing so can increase sales, tipping customers who may have been on the edge of buying over to your side. Plus, it makes everyone feel good.