Is your small business growing and achieving—or struggling and barely squeaking by? The recently released Small Business Success Index from American Express OPEN measured small business owners’ characteristics and business success and divided them into four categories: High Achievers, Strivers, Sustainers and Strugglers.
While all types of business owners are optimistic—84 percent or more of entrepreneurs in each of the categories say they have a “glass is half full” outlook—the high achievers are more likely to have a positive view of the economy. In fact, 93 percent of them think the economy is improving, compared to 71 percent of strivers, 46 percent of sustainers and 34 percent of strugglers.
High achievers are enjoying more positive results in their businesses as well. For example:
Do high achievers think things are better because things are better for their businesses—or have things become better for their businesses because of their actions? Like the chicken or the egg, it’s hard to say which came first. But if you want to improve your business, it certainly can’t hurt to emulate the things high achievers are doing. Here are some key areas where high achievers differ from the other categories of business owners (and particularly from the strugglers).
What do these results mean to your business? A positive attitude is a great starting point, but it takes more than thinking positive to succeed. You also need to take action to move you toward your business goals.
A SCORE mentor can help you plot out the best actions to take to give your business a positive result. Don’t have a mentor yet? Visit www.score.org to get matched with a mentor today.