The Willful Spirit of the Small Business Owner

Apparently... The week of April 30th is Small Business Week (according to the SBA anyway) in this blog entry, I'm celebrating the "willful" spirit of all small business owners. It's 6am in the morning (my best time to catch up on office work), or I'd be raising a glass to you all. I'll have to do that later...

I have recently become more appreciative of the talents of small business owners. It takes a certain kind of person to be able to do, or to want to do it. Sure, the flexible schedule is great. It's how I manage being a single parent, but on the flip side you're always at work.  Last night, I was cooking pasta while invoicing and running a bath for the 11-year-old.

In any given week I can be topping barrels before I visit wholesale accounts in Portland; doing blending trials on my kitchen counter while I cook the family dinner, or updating Quickbooks or my CRM software while I supervise homework, plan strategy with out of state distributors or manage social media. 

At times, often times, it's exhausting, but it's also kind of exhilarating. I love to create things, make new connections with people, build new sales avenues, come up with the best wine blend I can with what I've got.

It's definitely not for everyone, but it's definitely for me. So... here's a glass to all the crazy people who decided to follow their hearts and dreams and go for broke. I admire your passion, dedication and commitment, because you wouldn't be in business if you didn't have all of those. Congratulations to you all!