7 Things Any Small Business Owner Can Be Grateful For

Being a business owner certainly has its perks. Here are a few to remember this Thanksgiving holiday.
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Being a small business owner can be stressful, but there's also a lot to be thankful for. Find out what other small business owners love about their job. (Photo: Rawpixel.com/Shutterstock)

The holidays are a time for family, friends and traditions. At Thanksgiving, many families celebrate the tradition of each person taking a turn to share something they’re grateful for. As you join friends and family around the dinner table for your Thanksgiving meal this year, what will you say?

In the spirit of the holiday, NCR Silver asked several small business owners to share some of the things they are especially grateful for as entrepreneurs. Here’s a roundup of what they said.

The ability to choose your own staff

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“I’m grateful for the ability to choose my team. In other jobs, I know how hard it can be when you have to work alongside someone who can be difficult. Being able to choose colleagues, knowing whether they’d fit well with the rest of the company and that they can contribute to its growth is probably the best perk of being an owner, in my opinion.”
– Jay Labelle, owner of The Cover Guy, which sells hot-tub parts and accessories

Location independence

“I am grateful for location independence. Running my own company means I can work where I want. I enjoy traveling abroad and experiencing new countries and cultures — there is nothing like it. Travel is also a key part of our brand, so I’m thankful to have the opportunity to travel while I work and build a company that stands for something I am passionate about.”

– Joshua Moore, co-founder of travel-inspired fashion brand Res Ipsa

Empowering employees

“One thing I’m grateful for is the chance to give others the opportunity to find the best in themselves. I really enjoy being able to give [employees] autonomy in their roles and to let them find the way they work best. This is not only good for the business, but for them personally as well. It’s so rewarding knowing I’m helping people help themselves — something I wouldn’t get if I wasn’t a business owner.”

– Sean Mallon, CEO of Bizdaq, a platform for buying and selling businesses

Autonomy

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“I’m grateful that I can do my work my way. When you work for someone else, you have to follow their systems and their framework — even though you may think you have a better way. It’s such a treat to be able to work with my clients the way I feel best suits them and not in a ‘cookie cutter’ way that may not work for everyone’s needs.”

– Michelle Messenger Garrett of Garrett Public Relations

Personal development

“What I am grateful for as a small business owner is the opportunity to wear different hats while building and managing my business, which forces me to be pushed outside of my comfort zone, constantly learn new things and expand my horizons, and hone my skills in various areas. It is a great feeling to know that I am continuously growing both personally and professionally.”

– Liat Tzoubari, CEO of craft home goods provider Sevensmith

Fostering change

“As a small business owner who is also a person living with disabilities, I have so much to be grateful for — like the ability to schedule clients and events around doctor appointments and treatment schedules. I am grateful for the ability to give back to the community of people living with disabilities through my work because it leads to greater accessibility and safety in workplace and community environments. This will hopefully lead to greater inclusion of people living with disabilities in all aspects of society. I am grateful that my career allows me to travel the world and will hopefully leave a lasting legacy.”

– Nicholas Sicora, CEO of Disaster and Disability Consultants

Time with family

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“In my business, I am so grateful to have the freedom to drop my kids off at school each day and pick them up and take them to swim practice or whatever event we might have going on. Being able to have the freedom to spend time with my family when I want is truly the greatest gift. I also am grateful to be able to bring families together through creativity which is my purpose in life. There is nothing better than spending my day doing something I love.”

– Adrienne Jopp, founder and creative director of art-box subscription service The Little Archives

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