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This week our nation is once again celebrating “National Small Business Week” (NSBW) 17-21 June. We honor & recognize business innovations, successes, & milestones. It is a time of inspiration & motivation for all our nation’s Small Businesses.
Small Business Week, and I started to reflect on what it means to me to be successful in my own small business. Every business owner wants and needs to make money. However, I think it needs to be more than that.
Giving vs Getting. For me, True Success goes beyond what I can Get, to what I can Give. I believe it is possible to be “generous & giving” in our business practices and still have a healthy “bottom line” – in fact, that bottom line may even be better because of it.
Applying Karma. Since I am a firm believer in Karma – and particularly the “Golden Rule” – I have found how to apply these to my business. I think aligning your core beliefs with your business practices makes for a strong foundation for success.
“How people treat you is their Karma; how you react is yours.” Wayne Dyer – Motivation Speaker
Karma = Cause >> Effect. It is centered on this belief in “cause & effect”. Much like the “Golden Rule”, “Do Unto Others as you would have them Do Unto You”, they embody the idea of “what goes around, comes around”. When you treat people as you would like to be treated, you create a general feeling of good will. This just makes sense. So, How can you translate this into your business?
- Really Listen. Taking into account your customer’s and employee’s suggestions and feedback shows you care about their opinions. People that feel acknowledged become loyal employees & loyal customers, particularly when you take their ideas and put them into action.
- Treat Your Clients Fairly. Be upfront & truthful in how you do business. Do what you say you are going to do and stand by your word. Your clients will appreciate this and come to trust and rely on you. Want to do more business with you.
- Think of Yourself as a Partner & Advisor. Approach your Customers in the spirit of what you can do to help them [advising them how to make it better] and not by focusing on what you will gain. How can you help each other fro mutual benefit? With this as your mindset you cannot go wrong. They’ll want to do more business with you.
- Encourage & Collaborate with other Small Businesses. Think of yourself as part of a bigger community of Small Business Owners. Lend your support where you can and find ways to work together. Creating a community of Small Businesses really strengthens both of you and will open up opportunities for more business.
The Results. Following these 4 tips really helps me incorporate my belief in Karma & the Golden Rule into my own Small Business. Because of this, I know my business is run ethically and honestly. I have been able to build upon this and develop a company “Mission statement” that makes both me & my Customers happy…..and that is the kind of success that means the most to me!
“Remember, all the answers you need are inside of you; you only have to become quiet enough to hear them.” Debbie Ford – Business Book Author
Comments: What are your ideas on how to use Karma & the Golden Rule in your business?