Owning a Small Business is Very Educational

crimson_hillIf you are a regular reader of Beyond Lean,  you may know that my wife has her own small business.  It is just her and I.  She runs the business 24/7 and I help where I can on nights and weekends.

Both of us have learned about a wide range of business aspects over the last couple of years from her small business.  My wife has a background in marketing, but has learned a lot about IT and web design, materials, costing, production of a consistent product, using data to determine what the customers like and a lot more.

I have been working quite a bit with display booth setup and teardown (quick changeovers), preparing raw materials for usage and investment decisions.

When owning and running a small business a person can see everything from end-to-end.  How a packaging decision can affect sales?  How does shelf life of a product have an effect on the quality?  How do certain ingredients react when mixing for production?  Do they cause immediate quality issues?  Do they cause quality issues over time?

In our experience, we have seen how lean thinking can be more natural for a small business.  There is more of a concern about inventory and cash on hand, so there are many decisions that go into building to stock or building to order.  Using visual management to make things easier to see when work needs to be done or not.  I have some examples from my wife’s business that I will post at a later date as well as examples I have posted in the past.

I have learned numerous things from working with my wife in her small business that I carry on to my other job as lessons to apply.

Owning a small business is very hard work.  You have to learn about things that don’t necessarily interest you, but if you want to be successful you have to get it done.  In the end, it can be very rewarding and extremely educational.

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Posted on April 22, 2013, in Learning, Problem Solving, Quality, Tools and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Hi Matt

    There is another great advantage to being a small business owner, you often have to learn enough about anything before you go out and hire expert help. Unfortunately it is something that happens rarely in large organizations, hence they often hire and never realizemany of those supposed experts are in fact giving them either nothing at all or what they want to hear, turth is often in short supply. But than even if an expert give the truth, most times they would get kicked out the door, because many alrge organization leaders canot handle the heat, even though they want to stay in the kitchen.

    As I have often said Lean is actually common sense applied well, which is a requirement for successful small business. Good Luck to you and your wife.

  2. Small business play important role for fresher it is just like educational hey can learn much more things though small business and can improve our business.

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