A few weeks ago, I remarked to friend and business owner Thea Lopatka that I thought running a small business had a lot of parallels to raising children. The idea seemed to strike an instant chord. She recounted to me how, having read intentionally and deeply about pregnancy and childbirth, she could vividly recall her thoughts as she was handed her newborn son: “How did I not read anything to help me from this point forward?”
Wow. Did she get it right! There are tons of resources that tell you about starting a business but what do you do when you’re a year into it? Or 3 years? Or 10 years? How do you deal with its ever-changing characteristics, its different stages of development?
I’m hoping that those of us who are raising businesses– and children – can explore those parallels in my blog. Whether your business is a squalling infant, an unruly toddler, or a surly teenager I hope you’ll find some support here. And maybe be able to laugh a little. Stay tuned.