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Small business owners, pay attention to your moods


Like everyone else, small business owners can be moody. Sometimes we’re grumpy, tired, stressed out or frustrated. Other times we’re enthusiastic, optimistic and feeling on top of the world.

One of the major advantages to running your own business is the chance to do things when you want to do them. That’s why it’s important to pay attention to your moods. You’ll simply be more effective at different tasks if you’re in the right mood.

Feeling negative, grumpy, or tired?

Don’t make that important phone call to your biggest client or keep that meeting with potential investors. Reschedule it to a time when you’re feeling more positive.

Stressed out?

You’ll likely appear or sound scattered and maybe even a bit insane. That’s not the impression you want to give to certain customers, suppliers or the media. Avoid meetings and phone calls until your stress level subsides.

Are you happy today?

That’s the best time to get out there and do some sales calls or meet with your staff for a rah-rah session. Lead the charge when you’re feeling your best.

Remember, owner burnout is one of the reasons small businesses fail.

Take time out from your business to recharge your batteries by going for a walk, reading a book or escaping to a relaxing weekend retreat. You’ll do damage to your business if you proceed to perform important tasks when you’re just not up to it.