It's December, which means small business owners have a lot on their plates. While I'm sure everyone is feeling the pressure of holiday crunch time, entrepreneurs are also trying to manage the flurry of activity that comes at year end. My advice? Despite the chaos, take some time to get organized and start thinking about what lies ahead. Conquering these small tasks now can make a big difference in the new year:
The pitch you spent days or weeks preparing for is over. You think you made a good impression. After scanning the room and looking for feedback from your prospective clients, you get no sense of whether you have won the business.Thank them for their time, shake hands and make a decisive but gracious exit. The real test begins.
Face-saving entrepreneurs will call this a "pivot," which basically means, "I was doing this one thing, and now I realize I should be doing this other thing instead." You might feel like a fool for not getting it right the first time around, but I challenge you to find any entrepreneur who got everything right from the get-go.