Running your own small business can be tricky – and at times, scary too! Despite the many upsides of being your own boss, there are aspects of running a business that will unavoidably give you the jitters.
But odds are, your small business is haunted by a very specific kind of specter. What’s keeping you from getting a good night’s rest? We want to help reveal those monsters, once and for all: Which Halloween creature haunts your small business?
Feel something sucking your business dry? Watch out! You’ve got a vampire at your neck.
Here are some signs that you need to worry about the cash flowing in and out of your business:
The small business owner who struggles with cash flow tends to live through month-end drama, chasing up on unpaid invoices, waiting for checks to clear and wondering how they’ll meet obligations and pay bills.
The good news is you can put a stake once and for all in that cash flow vampire with a few simple steps:
Just a few simple practices and you’ll be saying, “Poof! Bye-bye, Dracula!”
The poor witch. So often in history she was simply a misunderstood woman.
It’s clearly just a marketing problem: Green skin, warts and a cackle that send shivers through those around her. No wonder everybody runs away!
Here are some signs that you may be haunted by bad marketing:
It really doesn’t matter how great your product or service is if nobody gets to experience it. You need to get better at tooting your own horn and standing apart from your competition.
Some steps to purge that witch from your business are:
Now you can have that gingerbread house all to yourself!
Bad clients are the ghouls of the small business owner. They creep away when invoices are due and are very likely to ask for more, for free.
You probably already know if you’ve got ghouls. Odds are, it’s the brunt of what you complain about!
Here are some signs you’re being haunted by ghouls:
Fortunately, you can chase those ghoulish clients away. Focus on establishing loyal anchor clients and learning a few easy tactics to tame scope creep on projects. Try:
Be haunted by ghouls no longer!
Feel that panic at the end of the day about what you’ve accomplished? Wonder if you’ll ever get a grip on your workload? If you’re haunted by a ghost, you may have a time management problem.
Some signs that you’re haunted by a ghost:
Like a ghost, time is hard to see and touch. But you’ll definitely feel when you’re on the wrong side of it! Exorcize the ghost of time management by taking control of your hours and minutes:
One thing all these haunting creatures have in common? Well, they’re not real, of course! We all tend to exaggerate the things we’re most afraid of. We hear things go bump in the night when there’s nothing there.
Whatever you’re most afraid of can usually be broken down into a pretty simple, easy-to-address problem. After all, there’s another thing these ghouls, ghosts, witches and vampires have in common: They can all be defeated.
Happy Halloween from your friends at FreshBooks!