How many of you small business owners are Ross? How many are Rachel...and who will admit, yup, they are a Chandler!?
There is no denying this is a strange time. Businesses cannot, and feel free to argue, cannot really make projections for each quarter. We can guess, and can even make calculated quantitative plans, but...if March 2020 taught Canadian business owners anything...it's "Nice effort, but nope."
If I said this 7 months ago, you would've said I was crazy. But here we have it, we are adapting...and already some of you forgot.
Please don't forget. Put it in your journal. In your calendar. In your CRM as a popup.
Don't get comfortable.
The fact is, we are not in control. Any time a mandate can change everything we worked for. So rather than blindly rolling with it and putting your hand out to whatever help you "graciously take". Plan. Prepare. Protect!
Look at worst case scenario...really look. Take off your Canadian conditioned glasses (which happen to be red and white, which colours also happen to make a lovely rose colour.. ahem ahem...just saying)...and really look.
Next, look at best case scenario.
Now bring those two hands together and meet somewhere in the middle. This usually falls in the area of "reason" "averages" "most probable".
Now pivot there.
What does your business need to do to be prepared for this "hands in the middle" scenario? What does your business look like? What do your financials look like? What does your family look like?
Rather than staying stuck in what you do now and what you've built, can you adapt to the "new norm"? Can you look at this as a long term plan, rather than "it's only for a few months"? (So many of us looked at it that way!!! No shame!)
We are in this together. And this is HOW we are in this together
▶️ By saying the hard things, working together and protecting each other!
So are you a Ross? Determined! "With a sketch and everything"? #wevegotthis
Are you a Rachel? Goes along, with little investment, but goes along. Heavy lifting. Carrying the burden blocks. Going in whatever direction she is told. #agreeable
Are you a Chandler? Reluctant to be there and is ready to quit. #imdone
Cris Mac is an entrepreneur through and through. She refers to her businesses as "projects" and is constantly working on something new, helping others along the way.