One of the annual traditions of business ownership is making some tax planning decisions, usually late in the year. It includes things like buying equipment or vehicles to take advantage of accelerated depreciation through a Section 179 tax deduction or some other accounting jargon. But those aren’t really the surprises we’re talking about. We’re talking about those surprise tax bills you get from your CPA where you have less than a couple of weeks to come up with significant cash to pay your bill.
We all have doubts. It’s only human. Some of us are just better at hiding those doubts than others. One phrase that is often difficult for business owners to utter is “I don’t know.” There can be a pressure as an owner to know all the answers. Whether that pressure is real or perceived doesn’t matter because you still feel it. It doesn’t matter if you’ve been in business for a few weeks or several decades, chances are there are times when you feel like you’re in over your head. So what’s a business owner to do about it?
Well, it’s almost here. 2020 is nearly finished. And there’s promising news on the vaccine front with COVID so things are looking up heading into 2021. But there are several changes we’ve all had to make in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. As we head fully into the planning season, the question becomes what changes do you keep from this year going into next year? What changes are happening worldwide that are going to impact you and your business?
We all have lots of things to be thankful for, even in this crazy pandemic COVID year of 2020! Part of the beauty about this time of year is we get the chance to reflect on the year that was as we pull together our plans for the year to come. So our question tonight has to do with how you show your thankfulness to people. Because it’s good to be thankful, but it’s even better to show your thankfulness.
Some days it’s easier to stay positive than others. For instance, those days when you land a big new customer or finally bring on board that key new hire. But there are other days when it’s really tough to keep that positive outlook. Simply flip the scenarios mentioned before where instead of landing a big new customer you instead lose a customer that makes up 25% of your business. Or that key employee gives you two weeks notice.
We usually get a deer in the headlights response from our clients when they first hear us talk about how boring business can get when it’s running well. That deer in headlights look comes because most folks can’t relate to being bored with their business. Usually they have more colorful (and painful) words to describe how they feel about their business. Things like frustrated, excited, overwhelmed, exhausted. It’s rare that you meet a business owner who describes themselves as being bored.