Why The Perfect Small Business Owner Doesn’t Exist

June 22, 2010

I had to laugh when I read that the most successful small business owners are brilliant at every single aspect of running their business. I don’t recall where I read it, because I don’t bookmark crap.

You see, I’ve never met any of these perfect small business owners and I bet you haven’t either. The truth is, when you first start your small business, you’ll probably be running every single department yourself and if you’re struggling away and learning from your many mistakes, you’re doing a pretty good job.

Consider the average management trainee in a reasonably large company. How long do you reckon it would take him to become skilled in every single department? I’m betting he would have to spend at least 2 years in each one, including accounts and finance, operations, marketing, sales and HR etc. etc. It would take him several years to become proficient in every single one.

Most small business owners start out running all those departments themselves, so they can’t expect perfection from the word go. Yet so many small business owners beat themselves up because they’ll never be good at marketing, or they can’t get the hang of accounts.

I’ve done it myself. I used to suck at recruitment and training. And all the books and courses in the world didn’t help. It got to the point where I was embarrassed to admit that I’d fired another employee for stealing, or someone else had quit because they couldn’t cope with the pressure. And I felt like a complete failure – I would suck at business forever because I just couldn’t get this one thing right.

The truth is, you can’t possibly run a business and learn to be a genius in all these departments overnight. If you’re learning and trying – you’re probably way ahead of most small businesses.

Have you beaten yourself up because you suck at certain aspects of business? Or are you afraid to start a business because you’re not skilled in particular areas? Please share your thoughts in the comments section.

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