post by Stephanie Nelson
With Friday the 13th coming at the end of this week, there’s a lot of talk about being unlucky going around. So let’s take a look at ways you can set yourself up to feel unlucky in business.
- Focus only on money.
Yes, money is great. And yes, there needs to be some focus on whether bills are being covered by the company’s income. But if raking in the dough is all you focus on, you’re setting yourself up for a world of headaches.
- Think you’re only going to work 9am to 5pm.
You have to have business hours, of course. And it’s fair enough to say you’re not going to answer phone calls or emails outside of those business hours. But if you’re not networking outside of those hours, planning outside of those hours, running business errands outside of those hours, you’re probably missing out on opportunities.
- Think you’re going to get a “real” vacation.
You can certainly plan for time away. And it’s a good thing for you to do so! But at the end of the day, that’s your business. Even if you delegate everything on your plate to your team, there’s a chance that something none of you see coming will hit. Your website could go down for the first time in its 15 year history. Your restaurant could experience a break-in. A key staff member could quit or sustain an injury that keeps them from working. You need to be prepared to be reached and make decisions.
Obviously, I’m being a bit facetious in these bullet points. But then again, there’s truth in jest. Do you feel lucky or unlucky in your business?