5 things business owners should be thankful for

I think Thanksgiving is one of the most overlooked holidays. Over the past few years, November 1st has marked the beginning of the Christmas season. Walmart’s aisles have Christmas items loaded up on the shelves, the local radio station starts playing Christmas music, and every freaking commercial has sleigh bells playing the background.

…what happened to Thanksgiving?

Whether 2012 was a good or a bad year, there is still plenty to be thankful for. Here are 5 things in particular that business owners should be thankful for:

1. It’s not 2008. Or 2009.

I think we all took quite a hit then. And maybe you’re still licking your wounds, but be grateful it’s over. And be grateful you’re still running your business, as so many others didn’t make it. Well that’s as long as Congress doesn’t twiddle their thumbs again and we fall off the fiscal cliff January 1st.

2. Interest rates are crazy low.

Even though Bernanke is buying more debt to keep interest rates low, it will help you score a great interest rate on your mortgage, or make it cheap to borrow money so you can expand your business building. That’s good, right? (Well, that is, if you can get a loan.)

3. You’re not the only business owner who’s scared sh*tless.

You, like thousands of other business owners, want to hire a new employee or add a new product line, but you’re not sure what 2013 is going to have in store. U.S. businesses are holding on to a ton of cash right now, amounting to over $5 trillion. They’re holding on to dear life by holding on to cash instead of investing it. Which leads me to…

4. The world hasn’t ended yet.

The Mayans predict that December 21st is the end of the world. But, chances are you don’t believe it if you’re reading this instead of building your bunker and stocking up on supplies. Maybe you’re like my dad who thinks the world’s doom is looming and it won’t be long until the Chinese take us over, but right now it’s not happening. So be thankful.

5. You’re the boss.

Think of how many people out there wish they could start their own business? You get to call the shots, build a company, a culture and team, and make an impact on the world. Some people don’t have the balls to drop the corporate job and start their own business. But you did. Give yourself a pat on the back. Be grateful for the opportunity to be in business, be your own boss, and still kickin’ butt.

That’s my list. What are you grateful for?


Devan Perine

Devan Perine works with small business owners on their marketing and multimedia efforts. She's passionate about helping businesses build their presence online, and giving Gen Y a voice in the workplace. When she's not working, she loves to make a mess in the kitchen, and play with her band around Chicago. She loves to chat! Give her a shout on Google+, Twitter or LinkedIn.

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