My Small Business: Spud Wood Works #4: Slow and steady wins the race... If you can stand it.

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Blog entry by Ethan Harris posted 03-05-2013 03:52 PM 1881 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Hello Readers!

Ever heard the saying “Slow and steady wins the race”? Or “The early bird gets the worm”? Or even “Use your head for more than a hat rack”?

I’ve heard these plenty of times from my mother when I needed to pace myself, or from my father responding to something dumb I had done. But these never really made more sense than now… Owning a business will give you a new perspective I suppose.

Starting out now over the past 3 months (December – February), it has been a slow pace, I can see the value of my business and the work that goes into it first hand, but still I wonder at times if I am really getting anywhere. Well I have come to the conclusion that this slow start-up pace is exactly what I need to succeed. Having this pace will allow me to get better and LEARN how to do what I do more efficiently. That should be my slogan “Get Better and LEARN”. The knowledge I gain from this experience will make me better and more prepared for the busier days and months and years to come.

Maybe now I should make a hat rack…

-- Ethan, CT: Check out my Small Business at & also follow me on twitter

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#1 posted 03-05-2013 08:48 PM

Got a new slogan for you that should be your new mantra when starting a business: “Early to bed, early to rise, work like hell and advertise”.

Best of luck,

And here’s another one for you: ONE DAY AT A TIME

-- Jake from "AMERICA'S HOME TOWN" Plymouth, Massachusetts

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Monte Pittman

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#2 posted 03-06-2013 12:24 AM

Personal business is definitely a marathon and not a sprint. Very easy to get burned out and discouraged early. You need to plan it out. Understand that you don’t win every day. Gains may be measured in months not days. Failure is easy, success takes effort. Some days are fun, some days are not so much. Keep your vision and never assume anything will be handed to you.

Keep it up sir.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#3 posted 03-06-2013 06:45 AM

Look into (and think about) how you can develop
capacities and specialties that will make you a
“go to” provider in your market.

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Ethan Harris

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#4 posted 03-06-2013 05:03 PM

Thank you all for your comments!

John: Awesome Slogan, I might use that!

Monte: Definite words of wisdom!

-- Ethan, CT: Check out my Small Business at & also follow me on twitter

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