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What Are Your Ups & Downs in Business?

Jess Lybeck


Running a business is difficult. But most of us face the ups & downs alone. Share your raw experience with entrepreneurship in the comments - the good, the bad, the ugly. There's a GOOD community here to support you.



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  • Josie55

    It's been 15 years since I turned the key to my small business. Looking back, I wish that I had a mentor that would have sat me down and MADE me do the following;
    1. Mission Statement
    2. Employee Handbook
    3. Training Manuals
    Even when you start with 1 employee, you must have these! These are the basis for what you want to achieve and what your expectations are for you employees.
    Knowledge is power! Constantly be learning SOMETHING!
    Appreciate those who are genuinely interested in their success, and don't waste to much energy on those who don't.

  • Michael Schroeder

    Ever had an idea that you thought was just too good to collect dust? I did. Looking back I've had many. After starting seven companies, you would think I've got it down pat. Not even close. I've made so many mistakes, I would not know where to begin. My latest venture started off as one of those ideas that tingles the nerves down your spine. I could not put it out of my mind. That was nine months ago. This past Tuesday I unveiled it to the world. In these posts, I will try to cover the ups & downs, the good, the bad, the ugly. Jess, thanks for the topic. Stay tuned.

  • Michael Schroeder

    New all around.. I'm new to and just started a new business, doing very new things, and making new friends in the process.
    Newbie question alert: If I've accepted a "To Do" like this one, how do I "Do it"? Just comment in this section or start a new post? If I start a new post it's not connected to this one.
    Thanks in advance, Michael

    • Jess Lybeck

      You can add your "do it" in the comments here so we can all follow along. Thanks!

  • Michael Espero

    the good: Realizing we were serving integrated preventative health services to several hundreds of people after only a few month of being open.

    the bad: Firing an employee because of a poor performance with the most potential to contribute to the company long-term because of pressure to act as a young leader.

    the ugly: Changing cities/offices within a big four accounting firm after being recruited for showing initiative and entrepreneurship. When I got to LA they told me, "This is not an entrepreneurial position. Stop talking to people."

  • Todd Jones

    Communicating expectations and inspiring people to deliver their best work have continuously been my greatest challenges. Sometimes running a business feels like you're conducting an orchestra on a boat in choppy waters.

  • John Wynn

    Jess, so awesome of you to post this "To Do." We are a small business going on 26 years of operation and we sometimes feel that there is no where to go for support in this difficult glad to have the opportunity to participate!

  • normal

    Where do we do this? Here in the comments?

    • Jess Lybeck

      in the comments is perfect!

  • carmen.reis

    Remind yourself daily of why you started this journey, and let that sustain you during the ups and downs.

  • Michael Schroeder

    Great start. If there is one way to cut through the noise on this subject the GOOD community may be it!