It’s Thanksgiving week, which definitely seems to have come too fast this year.
Because of the holiday, things are a bit slower — but not by much. With so many changes for the business owner in this year’s tax code, we’re having lots of conversations with clients in Frederick who are taking proactive steps to get ahead of the year-end tax planning rush.
So, speaking of Thanksgiving, I think this is the perfect time for us business owners to take a little stock of where things are.
And around here, we try to practice what we preach … so I’m thinking back a little about the beginning of *my* particular business.
I still remember what it was like to take this dream I had for my Frederick firm and put it into reality. I was a little bit scared, and a little bit hopeful. I remember the friends and other business-owners who helped me along the way … and how risky it all seemed.
It helps me to NOT take for granted that you have chosen us to walk with you and your business as we give you advice and help take care of your financial picture, especially around tax time. It’s hard to reveal the kind of sensitive information that you provide to us, and we don’t take it lightly.
And I look around the nation, the chaos that we seem to always be seeing, and I also look back… I remember and think about how it was in the middle of the Civil War that Lincoln established Thanksgiving as a national holiday.
When I remember this, I realize that if 1860s America can find the seeds of gratitude, so can we.
And, as a business owner, I think there is a very good lesson there.
Declining (or rising) revenue, staff issues (or the lack thereof), market share issues … all of these things can conspire against our internal momentum.
But if we could take a moment for gratitude, to recognize the gift of what we have been given, we might even be able to shift that momentum. And this week is a great time to start.
So look — I’ll start: For my part, I’m simply grateful for YOU.
I’m grateful for your trust, for your attention to my blog ramblings (which are taking on a bit of a different flavor this week), for your allowing us to serve you, for your referrals … for so many things.
I don’t forget that it’s people like you who enable me to do what I do — to breathe life and hope into businesses, their owners, and their financial situations. And to help them enjoy the fruit of their labors, while carrying the peace-of-mind that the ever-grasping hand of taxation reaching into their pockets is minimized.
So here’s my Thanksgiving thank you. For everything.
Feel very free to forward this article to a Frederick business associate or client you know who could benefit from our assistance — or simply send them our way? While these particular articles usually relate to business strategy, as you know, we specialize in tax preparation and planning for families and business owners.
J Allen & Associates