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6 Things Small Businesses Should Be Thankful for This Thanksgiving

November 25th, 2010 :: Rieva_L

By Rieva Lesonsky

It’s Thanksgiving Day and traditionally time for giving thanks. As busy as small business owners are, I hope you have time to stop and think about what you’re thankful for this year.

While the pundits and experts will tell us the recession ended back in 2009, 2010 was still a tough year for most entrepreneurs. If you are having trouble finding things to feel thankful for, here are some ideas:

  1. Be thankful you’ve made it through. Though it may not feel like the recession is over, I think most of us would agree that things are (finally) looking up and that the light at the end of the tunnel is getting closer—and brighter. If your business has survived the past two years, you’ve got something to be proud of.
  2. Be thankful for your employees. No business can survive without its employees—especially in the past few years. If your employees are like most, they’ve risen to the occasion, pulled together and done everything they can to help sustain your business in tough times.
  3. Be thankful for your customers. Customers have more options than ever in this constantly connected world. It’s easy for them to seek out new solutions when you’re no longer meeting their needs. Don’t ever take them for granted.
  4. Be thankful for the Internet. Innovations like cloud computing, social media, myriad free online tools to help start and grow businesses, and the rise of virtual employees and remote workers—all powered by the Internet-have helped small businesses do more with less.
  5. Be thankful for your support system. Whether it’s your family, your friends, your colleagues or some combination of all three, no small business owner can go it alone. Today, more than ever, we’re relying on each other for moral support, ideas and encouragement.
  6. Be thankful for the lessons you’ve learned. You don’t make it through an economic landscape like today’s without being smart and savvy. Tough times teach us things, and the lessons we’ve learned in the past few years will help us run better, smarter, more profitable businesses in any economy.

Got gratitude? Great—now, show the people you’re grateful for just how much you appreciate them. I know I’m grateful for you readers and everything you do for your communities and the nation. Enjoy your holiday!

Image by Flickr user Pink Sherbet Photography (Creative Commons)

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