It’s natural at this time of year to give thanks to family, friends and health. But what about thanking your business?

As an entrepreneur who is finishing year 5 as a self-employed Internet marketer, I realized that no matter how hectic things get or how much work seems to pile up, I wouldn’t have it any other way.  But as my business has expanded I’ve taken to heart the principles so well-articulated in books like “The E-Myth Revisited: Why Most Small Businesses Don’t Work and What to Do About It which basically tell you that as an entrepreneur you can’t go it alone and should replace yourself at every turn.  You have to surround yourself with good people, invest in them and let them do their jobs.

As someone who worked for over 20 years, commuting in and out of New York city by train, bus and car, often faced with delays, bad weather, the inhumanity of mass transit in general, not to mention city-wide blackouts and 9-11, the grind of the whole experience was wearing me down to the nub.  And I hated nearly every minute of it.   

While only fools believe that starting your own business allows you to kick back and “be the boss”, I’ve never worked harder or more hours in my life.

But I enjoy every day as a new set of challenges and more importantly, every day is a new set of opportunities.  What project will come through?  What deals will I make?  What interesting people will I meet?  Plus, I now have the privilege of working from a home office (combined with a local office rental) which I have to pinch myself sometimes I love it so much.  Which is probably why I work more now because I can work until 7pm and call it a day and be home instantly as opposed to working until 5:30 or 6pm and then commuting home for an hour.

So back to those “Thanks”. 

I’d like to give thanks to the following groups of people who make my entrepreneurial dreams come true every day:

VENDORS/SUPPLIERS:  My vendors who supply my business with services are pretty important in allowing me to focus on the aspects of my business that I enjoy while knowing they’re doing their jobs.  My valued vendors include my bookkeepers, my accountant, my Internet host, my project management software company and my hosting and email marketing suppliers.

PARTNERS:  Partnering up with smart and capable people who compliment my skill sets and are smarter than me in their areas of expertise has proved priceless.  Special thanks to Viviani PR, BL Media Solutions and Woodpecker Press.

FREELANCERS:  I really enjoy working with really smart, eager, talented programmers, designers and coders.  A ton of thanks to Kristy Lee, Ian, Dave, Tom, Tim and my “Main Man” Chuck.  And to Ali, one of my newer discoveries.

CLIENTS:  Because without their support and trust, none of this would be real.  So thanks for your faith in me and the capabilities of my company.  We know you have a lot of choices out there and without you, none of this would be possible.

And lastly, thanks to my wife Nina and my son Sam for supporting me and my goals and enabling me to go for the brass ring.   And grab it firmly with two hands.  Thankful?  Yes, indeed.