The question above might seem kind of silly. “Of course, I’m getting what I want out of my business—I’m getting paid, aren’t I?” you might reply. But bear with me. I’m talking about more than just money. And not getting what you want out of your business is an all-too-common problem.
Maybe you started a business because you wanted more flexibility to work the hours you want, or you wanted to work from home, or be able to pick up your kids after school. But suddenly, you take on a couple big clients who want you on call 24/7, and while your bank account may be thriving, your spirit isn’t, because you’re run even more ragged than you were in the corporate world.
Or maybe you began planning your company with one goal in mind—say, to open an organic bakery–but after listening to other people’s advice on how to get there, you’re pulled in so many directions that you’re not sure what your business model is anymore (Catering? Wholesaling? Retailing?).
Here are some questions to ask yourself, both during the startup stage and regularly thereafter, to make sure your business is working for you:
Once you’ve decided what you want, the harder part is figuring out how to get there. Fortunately, your SCORE Mentor can help. Don’t have a Mentor? Visit the SCORE website and get matched with one so you can get free business counseling 24/7.