Posted by: Admin | January 11, 2012

Hard Times & Thankfulness

One of the first letters my husband opened this New Year was from a firm of Administrators telling him that yet another of his customers has gone bust. In addition to the tragedy for that company and its staff, it sent shivers through the office and battered morale as his staff contemplated the hard work that will now remain unpaid and wondered how it would affect their own job security.


A seam of optimism in the rocky road ahead

Happily, business has been such that the design team was expanded only recently and our risk is sufficiently spread so that we were not dependent on this one client. Losing 20% of income owed will inevitably hurt, though, and there have been sleepless nights and raised blood pressure on the other side of the bed to me.

Many people (ignorant people) think that running a business is a ticket to easy street. They think that being “one of them” (a Boss) as opposed to “one of us” (an employee) automatically makes you a greedy, ruthless bastard, living off the sweat of the “working” man. Fact is, the staff are always paid first, the Boss works longer hours and all the financial risk is his and his alone. He might drive the 20,000 miles a year he covers in a Jaguar, but the car belongs to his business. He might take four weeks holiday a year, but he’ll work back almost every day of that at weekends and over bank holidays. And he’ll pay for every recession in stress-related attacks on his health and peace of mind.

I seem to have veered off the gratitude track there and moved onto a rant… 🙂

So – I am thankful today that my husband’s hard work and fortitude, coupled with his loyal staff’s hard work and talent is helping the business weather this awful recession and keeping them all in employment. I know that I am fortunate indeed, and to anyone reading this who is looking for work, I wish you a speedy return to financial security.


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