National Small Business Week 2019

In honor of National Small Business Week, I just want to take a second to recognize those of you who have bravely taken the plunge into self-employment and started a small business. Unless you’ve experienced it for yourself, it’s hard to accurately depict the rollercoaster of emotions a small business owner experiences on a daily basis. The thrilling highs, the disappointing lows, the gut-wrenching twists and turns—they’re all part of the ride.

Something many people may not realize is the innumerable amount of hats that small business owners often wear. Not only do they bear the financial responsibility of the business on their shoulders, they likely also play the roles of manager, secretary, bookkeeper, web designer, social media manager, content creator, photographer, graphic designer, and employee—just to name a few. 😉  Now, I know this isn’t the structure for all small businesses, but I guarantee you, the majority of businesses with just one or two employees operate just like this. Trust me, I would know; I’ve been sharing all of those hats with my husband for over 5 years now. 😉

I mentioned this in my Small Business Week post last year, but I think it’s important to remember: rarely will you drive down a street in Lubbock (or any other city for that matter) without passing a logo-wrapped car/trailer or a car with a magnet on its door.

This is small business.

It’s a mom or a dad staying up after bedtime packing boxes to be shipped in the morning. It’s a high school student mowing lawns after school and in the summer to save money for a car. It’s two friends loading their kids in the car and taking them along to deliver their products. It’s the grandma packing up her homemade brownies to take to a local market.  It’s all of these things and more.

When you support a small business, you are supporting an actual person’s dream—a person who shops at the same grocery store as you, attends the same church as you, and whose kids go to school with yours. It’s a person who gets excited every time they get an email for another order or a phone call to set up a meeting. Yes, when you support a small business, you are personally making an impact on someone who has poured their blood, sweat, and tears into their business.

Supporting a small business makes a big difference.