It may sound like a cliché, but you really are your own best business asset. However, you have to know how best to use yourself in order to make your business as successful as it can be. Use these tips to learn how to keep yourself accountable to your business and watch it prosper!

1. Stay Honest – It’s often tempting to tell yourself and your employees that things are going well even when that’s not true, but hiding the truth doesn’t help anyone. Even when the truth hurts, keep it in the center of your vision for your business rather than telling people what they want to hear. It’s less fun, but more effective in the long run.

2. Don’t Be Dazzled – People are always reinventing the wheel when it comes to business practices. Shiny new methods are often little more than distractions that will lead your business down a dangerous path. Stick with what you know, and when you do divert make sure it’s a calculated risk that you can rely on to succeed.

3. Keep Passion Alive – Accountability to your business is basically just passion made material. You got into your business for a reason. When you get discouraged, remember those reasons and reignite your passion. You will inspire others with your own genuine feeling for your work, and will create a business that reflects this.

4. Balance Big & Small – As a small business owner, it is your responsibility to see the big picture and steer your business in the direction it needs. But it’s also essential to be involved in the day-to-day minutiae because that is the foundation of your business. Check in with your teams and let them know that you are available to help, no matter how mundane the issue may seem.

At Inspire Federal Credit Union, we want to help you keep your business on the right track. Call us at (215) 788-5270, extension 308 for more information on how we can work with you and stay accountable together.