I have had many times when I needed some encouragement and had several of these business quotes on my private notice board.
Especially if you work alone, as I did for several years, you may sometimes question what you are doing.
Well if it helps, you are not alone.
I have collected twenty of my favorite quotes and hope that you will get some inspiration from them.
I had thought of adding my thoughts to each but decided against it.
I think they speak for themselves. Just one thing that I would add.
Think carefully about each.
The simpler it is the deeper may be the truth that it is holding.
In any case – Enjoy.
20 Small Business Quotes:
Paul Ryan – Politician USA
“Behind every small business, there’s a story worth knowing. All the corner shops in our towns and cities, the restaurants, cleaners, gyms, hair salons, hardware stores – these didn’t come out of nowhere”.
Michele Bachmann – American Politician
“Small business is the backbone of our economy. I’m for big business, too. But small business is where the jobs are generated”
Steve Jobs – Founder of Apple
Great things in business are never done by one person. They’re done by a team of people.
Kevin McCarthy – American Congressman
As any small business owner knows, starting a business is not glamorous work.
Tony Abbott – Australian Politician
“For small business people, less paperwork means higher profits, boosted sales and more time with the family”.
Guy Kawasaki – Marketing Expert & Author
“A large social-media presence is important because it’s one of the last ways to conduct cost-effective marketing. Everything else involves buying eyeballs and ears. Social media enables a small business to earn eyeballs and ears”.
“At the end of drama school, I made a contract with myself: I’d try acting for five years. I was 26. I had already spent eight years working in restaurants and gas stations. So I had seen enough small businesses to understand that that’s what acting is: a small business”.
Sam Graves – USA Politician
I have heard firsthand from several small business owners about their struggle to borrow and their fear of taking on additional debt.
Glen Mazzara – TV Producer & Writer
If you’re going to run a small business, you need to know what everyone is doing, be the first one in and the last one out, and work weekends.
Pablo Picasso – Artist
“I am always doing that which I can not do, in order that I may learn how to do it.”
Aristotle Onassis – Shipping Magnate
“To be successful, you must act big, think big and talk big.”
Peter F. Drucker – Management Consultant & Author
“In every success story, you will find someone who has made a courageous decision.”
Walt Disney – Film Maker–
“If you can dream it, you can do it.”
Bill Gates – C0-founder of Microsoft
“Embrace bad news to learn where you need the most improvement.”
Simon Cowell – TV Producer
“Good is not enough. You’ve got to be great.”
Rich Dad ( Robert Kiyosaki ) – American Businessman & Author
“The biggest challenge you have is to challenge your own self doubt and your laziness. It is your self doubt and your laziness that defines and limit who you are.”
Sir Alan Sugar – Rich Businessman & Presenter of The Apprentice
“The entrepreneurial instinct is in you. You can’t learn it, you can’t buy it, you can’t put it in a bottle. It’s just there and it comes out”.
“Once you decide to work for yourself, you never go back to work for somebody else”.
Richard Branson – Businessman & Founder of Virgin
“Fun is one of the most important – and underrated – ingredients in any successful venture. If you’re not having fun, then it’s probably time to call it quits and try something else”.
“You don’t learn to walk by following rules. You learn by doing, and by falling over”.
“If you want to be more productive, then start at the start: get there on time. Whether it is a meeting, a flight, an appointment or a date, it’s important to ensure you are there when you say you will be there. This may feel like an old-fashioned tip to give, but it has served me well for five decades in business”.
I think I’ll leave the last word with Richard Branson, after all:
” it’s a wise man that knows his own limitations”
Quote from me. Or maybe I heard it some where along the way.