Apparently around 25% of small business owners feel today’s trading conditions are worse than they were at this time last year.
Positive thinking. 35% of us don’t believe Britain’s economy will recover for at least three more years. And allegedly 47% of us have had to inject extra cash into our small businesses from personal sources. To top it off 89% of small business owners find Britain an ‘unbearably expensive’ place to do business.
All of which paints a horribly gloomy picture. But there’s a mounting body of evidence that shows the more positively you think about your business, the better. It makes sense. If you spend all your time bemoaning how crap things are and bewailing your bad fortune, that’s probably exactly what you’ll experience. The world doesn’t just do things to you randomly. You help make them happen.
Instead of spending all your time ruminating about how awful things are, become conscious of your inner voice and change it so you’re running a positive rant in your head instead. There are few things less helpful to a business than a constant negative internal dialogue. It inhibits new ideas, prevents you from seeing new opportunities and fosters a hopeless outlook.
It’s catching too. If you’ve ever worked with a toxic colleague you’ll know what I mean.
Take a look at the stats and you’ll see that despite everything, Britain’s small business sector is booming. More of us are starting off on our own than ever. Millions of small businesses are keeping the country’s economy alive and vibrant. My advice? Put up and shut up. Make the most of every opportunity. Think positive. And join the millions of successful micro business managing to make a good job of it despite everything.