You been slaving away for a year or two, and it appears that your business is going to survive. Customers, expenses and employees have stabilized. Maybe it's time for a break. Suddenly you are confronted with an entirely new range of issues. Who can you put in charge while you are away?
Most small-business owners are consumed by the daily challenges of running their business - satisfying customers, managing services and products, tracking finances and suppliers, and personnel scheduling.
Year-end is a natural time for reflection. With the recent election and the "fiscal cliff" constantly in the news, it's easy to get distracted. It helps to establish some guidelines about what is still important and what can be delayed until broader fiscal issues are resolved.