Member Natasha Hawker of Employee Matters was featured in the article ‘What keeps small business owners up at night?’ in the Sydney Morning Herald on 2 March 2016.
The story focuses on common concerns among business owners that make them toss and turn in their sleep — be it cashflow issues, contracts on the table, reliable of staff, not being able to spend enough time with their family and the list goes on.
Natasha was quoted as saying: “Cash flow is my greatest concern. Despite being in business for more than four years, it is still a constant worry. The other big issue is will my children forgive me for spending so much time at work? What will they think of me when they get older?”
She also shared ways on how to resolve these issues: “There is a lot of stress involved but I deal with it by asking for payment in advance and ensuring the business pricing model is correct. I practise saying no and I am also not afraid to probe further when something isn’t right, rather than just ignoring it.
“Resilience is a requirement of all entrepreneurs, as is stamina and the determination to keep plugging away.
“I also always make sure I have time for a hug for family members, no matter what.”
Congratulations to Natasha!