Small Business Survival in Business Cycle

Small businesses have it rough in America, as they do not have the huge lobbying monies that large corporations do. When the economy gets tight, large companies reign in credit and slow their out going payments. If you own a small business with corporate accounts this means they string you out as long as possible and you will notice invoices conveniently lost and checks 180 days out? Basically you become a bank for the big corporations, isn’t that the silliest underhanded bunch of bull you ever heard? They slow your checks down when you need them the most. More than one small business owner has said to me; “Those Bastards!”

When we are in an up business cycle the corporations suck up all the labor, making it tough to get good help and when the business cycle goes South, all of a sudden the Corporations start laying off all those folks they promised all these great benefits to, that the little guy could not compete with. Interesting that the corporations are now not honoring such promises and reneging on their pension contributions, after preventing you from recruiting the labor you needed in your small business. You know damn well if you did something like that, they would throw you ass in jail. If you are a small business you need to plan for those slow downs in the business cycle to survive. It is a rough world out there and you need to face reality. So, consider all this in 2006.

The Secrets of the Business Cycle

Don’t get beat by your business! In macro economics the business cycle of ups and downs is well understood. Those who work for themselves or in small business need to understand that it also applies to enthusiasm and effort. Here are some tips for finding success after traveling through the valley of financial darkness.

Since we know how these cycles run, it should be a simple matter to predict them and ride through them. But so often it turns out that people new to online business will quit at the first sign of adversity.

This signals the end of the company.

But there is even a much more sinister result. If a person does not learn how to get past obstacles then success will never be thiers. That goes for online or offline. And it applies to life outside of business as well as within it.

At the beginning you don’t anticipate the dip in the cycle. Actually it’s usually exciting and fun at first when a new business gets started. There is generally a lot to learn. Excitement and anticipation of results run high. It’s easy to dream about where the new venture will lead and picture the fruits of clever labor.

Everything at this point is all profit projection, fame and fortune. This lays the seeds for future failure, as inevitable obstacles will surely arise. On the surface these don’t seem fatal. The fading away of the initial excitement usually begins the downward spiral.

After the initial excitement has worn off the process of settling in to the daily tasks begins. This is really the danger zone of losing interest which leads to quitting the business. That, of course, leads to business failure.

This is when the daily tasks of web site promotion, support calls, testing, tracking and tweaking can get monotonous. If this is a new venture, then the business is likely not making a profit yet and that also becomes a weight on enthusiasm.

Knowing this ahead of time will help your success grow like wildfire! Realize that you will likely lose money in the first few weeks and months. That’s just part of the cycle. It’s called investement. Depending on the business, you will be investing money, time or both money and time. These are all precious and that’s why it’s so hard to keep pushing forward when you don’t see immediate results.

Even though this is one of the hardest parts of making it in your business, it will be one of the most rewarding moments. It’s rewarding when you can look back from the top of your success and look with pride upon the tough times.

Your plan included the long hard march before reaching the ocean of success.

And this is the reward for the hard work and persistence. By having gone through the hard times and seeing how the cycle works first hand, you have the knowledge ingrained on how to repeat that success as many times as you choose.

Have you ever wondered what separates the super successful from everyone else?

It is this: that the very successful people have gone on when other have quit. They’ve learned what it takes to succeed by experiencing it. By getting though to the other side they have new confidence that what they’re doing works.

Next time it’s just a matter of refining the process and trying to improve results.

So as you start your business project, keep in mind this cycle. This applies to network marketing, internet marketing, offline business and online business. Riches are not to be had overnight, but they will come with persistence.

One last interesting tidbit: you know about “overnight successes”, right? Well, how much work went in ahead of time before that overnight appeared? There were likely months of behind the scenes work to make success happen in a short period of time.

Why Not Learn About the Business Cycle and Policy Making Manipulation in Economics

Most people do not really understand the economy, business cycles, how the Federal Reserve works or how on Earth this terrible crisis occurred that ended up taking down the whole world, causing the global crisis we are now in. But in case you are one of them, and if you care to learn a little, might I be so bold as to recommend a very good book to you?

“Meltdown – A Free Market Look at Why the Stock Market Collapsed, the Economy Tanked, and Government Bailouts Will Make Things Worse” by Thomas Woods; Regnery Publishing (2009)

Woods is very critical of politicians that tell us that it is the “Free Market that failed” as he says; NO, that’s just not so. So what was the government’s role in this, well consider the Community Re-investment Act, Freddie Mac, Fannie Mae, and the Federal Reserve System and their manipulations and intervention of the moving market to achieve the desired results.

This book boasts that it answers the following very important questions: (1) Which brave few economists predicted the economic fallout–and why nobody listened; (2) What really caused the collapse; (3) Why the Fed–not taxpayers–should have to answer for the current economic crisis; (3) Why bailouts are band-aids that will only provide temporary relief and ultimately make things worse; and (4) What we should do instead, to put our economy on a healthy path to recovery.

And I would submit to you that he’s done a very good job of showing how our manipulation of the business cycles is nothing more than a scam at times. The author says that the people that believe in Freedom are the smartest people in the world. And you may recognize his name, as he also wrote the bestselling book; “The Politically Incorrect Guide to American History.”

He is a free-market guy, and rightfully so, best of all he writes with conviction in an easy to understand format that even a novice can comprehend. I very much recommend this book to you. Think on This.