Do Not Despise Small Beginnings
“Do not despise these small beginnings…” -- Zechariah 4:10a (NLT)
In January of 2009, I set out on a mission to to help entrepreneurs manage their business finances – from goals to growth. Year after year, my company (Ajoy Management Enterprise) has accomplished just that and so much more. From providing financial literacy for business owners and offering expertise in accounting, payroll & tax services, to facilitating a variety of business workshops for entrepreneurs and professional internships to underserved young adults in NYC, the company has made strides in its efforts to help elevate the business network and inspire entrepreneurial growth at every turn.
When people ask me how I made it this far (ten years- woohoo!), I pretty much always tell them the same thing. JOY. By no stretch of the imagination would I have been able to make it this far without genuinely enjoying what it is that I do, or without knowing that even when the going gets tough this what I am supposed to be doing. Ajoy was built on the philosophy that every aspect of your business operation should be enjoyed- especially that which seems most fretful and mundane. Why? Well for one, Ajoy Management Enterprise specializes in bookkeeping, payroll, and tax services- some of the most daunting-yet-necessary tasks of any business established anywhere. I understand what it looks like to balance the ideals of your business mission with the intricate and imperative nature of tax compliance, and I can tell you from experience that if you meet your business challenges with the power of joy, it really will make an entire world of difference.
So many people, entrepreneurs especially, want to know what it takes to get ahead in life. They want to get ahead when it comes to their taxes, or their hiring, or any number of other things that might be aligned with their current interests. But what if I told you you already have what you need to get ahead? This might be the moment where you’re like “nah Tuesday, that ain’t it,” but I promise you it’s the truth! I’ve been there before (and recently)- putting in long hours to research and compare all the hottest and trending services, gadgets and smartphone apps on the market- after all, I am a small business owner myself, and I know that sometimes it can be so easy to look around and see all the things you don’t have in the moment. You might think (or say) things like: “We just need another team member,” or “the money is kinda tight right now… gotta cut expenses,” or “there just isn’t enough time!” In case you haven’t figured it out yet, these are the wrong statements to be making about your situation.
Mark Twain was once quoted as having said that “the secret of getting ahead is getting started.” So often people come up with these amazing ideas, and what ends up happening is that their ideas never take flight because they feel so burdened with the thought that they need to have this, that, the third and the fifty-eighth in place before their great new venture can actually get started. The truth is that it really doesn’t matter how big your business is, how long you’ve been in operation, or how much money you have at your disposal because the mark of success is always something you must work towards. If there were zero challenges for you to overcome, there would be zero need for you to exert any effort in coming up with the strategy for a sustainable solution and a profitable business model!
Now, to be clear, I’m not saying that a new team member isn’t a reasonable solution to an increased workload, or that you shouldn’t regularly evaluate your books (lol, what kind of professional advisor would that make me?). What I am saying, is that (even if it’s just you) your entire team ought to be motivated to conquer whatever challenges exist for your business, with the spirit of excellence and the power of joy. Put your best effort into focusing your energy on the areas in which you know yourself to be an expert, and leverage your team and outlying network (colleagues, and small business champions such as Ajoy) to accomplish the other aspects of your business which are just as important.
Beautiful reader, do not despise small beginnings. In fact, embrace them, and see just how far you are able to grow.