Running a small business can be confusing. Many owners are just successful enough not to go out of business. The path forward is often unclear. Should they keep the business open in hopes of future success or close up shop?
What is that moment of truth that tells the small-business owner they will be successful? Here are 12 signs that you've got something going beyond survival.
1. Your company earns money while you're on vacation
Going on vacation and earning money at the same time means you have built a company, not just a job.
"I started my firm 10 years ago," said Paige Arnof-Fenn, of Mavens and Moguls. "For my 40th birthday, my husband and I celebrated by taking a month off. I honestly did not know if I would have a business to come back to. When I returned, I realized that my company had not just survived but thrived in my absence."
2. You show up on the first page of search results
The new main streets for the digital age are search engines like Bing, Google and Yahoo. Some business owners feel that when they organically show up on the first page of their favorite search engine, they have made it.
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