Comebacks in small businesses can be a hard and long path

I met an entrepreneur the other day who lost everything in his small business. At one time the small business was highly successful. He took a back seat, moved to a another town and went into semi–retirement. Disaster struck. His manager who he’d trusted to run the business stole everything out of the business until there was nothing left. Continue reading “Comebacks in small businesses can be a hard and long path”

Are you a value creator or value taker?

I enjoyed this old architecture while visiting Windhoek this year. Photo credit: Chesney Bradshaw. Copyright 2016. All rights strictly reserved.
I enjoyed this old architecture while visiting Windhoek this year. Photo credit: Chesney Bradshaw. Copyright 2016. All rights strictly reserved.

A family small business owner has been running a small business for several years now and it has continued to be successful. The staff who have been employed by the family business team have stayed with this business for years.

That tells you something, doesn’t it?

The staff are happy and deal with any one of them and you’d be delighted by their customer service.

Despite those who claim that small businesses take advantage of employees, this small family business has created jobs for community members. Continue reading “Are you a value creator or value taker?”

Are you really a business owner or still trying to be someone else?

Copyright Chesney Bradshaw 2016
Copyright Chesney Bradshaw 2016

I came across a business owner the other day, someone who now owns a franchise in a large national chain, but on his LinkedIn profile, he said he was still open to corporate opportunities. It makes one think about small business ownership and whether it can satisfy people who have been in the corporate world and enjoyed it. Sometimes it’s not by choice or design that people buy a franchise that because circumstances in their career in a large company have changed. Continue reading “Are you really a business owner or still trying to be someone else?”

What’s it all about?

Sunset over the Atlantic Ocean, Kommetjie, Cape Town, South Africa. (Copyright © 2015 by Chesney Bradshaw, all rights reserved)
Sunset over the Atlantic Ocean, Kommetjie, Cape Town, South Africa.
(Copyright © 2015 by Chesney Bradshaw, all rights reserved)

I want to give you my thoughts before I attended a memorial service and wake for a long-standing friend who died tragically in an air accident not too far from where I live. He was a great guy, successful at business, full of life and laughter and a kind, loving man. His passing makes one wonder what it’s really all about.

Small business ownership, when you get right down to it, is seldom about the money. It’s always about the passion, a means to an end, which is to spend more time doing the things you love and being with the people you love. I have seen people who were mainly in it for the money but they lived mean, miserable, barren, soulless lives. It’s the ones who have used their money from whatever business activity they have been involved in or created themselves to bring joy to others, to share and to help and support others. Continue reading “What’s it all about?”