I try to count my blessings year ‘round, but there’s something about November that just gets me really thinking about all the things I’m thankful for, including being a business owner with a good sense of work/life balance. Here are a few of the things on my list of gratitude.

1. I Can Enjoy Life

While I work harder than anyone I know to grow my business, I’m also aware that I need time off to balance that hard work. My family takes a few vacations together every year, and I usually manage to sneak off to Vegas or New York by myself or with Phil.

The Lesson for You: All work and no play doesn’t make you a well-rounded (or stress-free) entrepreneur. You need time off…even if it’s just half a day. And if you can help it, don’t work while on vacation. It reduces the effectiveness!

2. My Kids Inherited My Work Ethic

Whether or not any of my four kids become entrepreneurs or join us in the family business down the road, I am super proud of the lessons they’ve learned in watching their entrepreneur parents. They know anything worth doing is worth doing right, and that nothing comes without hard work.

The Lesson for You: If you have kids, do you talk to them about your business? You should. It helps them better understand the world, as well as opens up possibilities for them. Not everyone has to be an employee of someone else!

3. I Have Amazing Employees

Phil and I are so completely grateful to have such a fab staff. Many of them have been with us from the start, and they’re all equally passionate about helping people start and grow their businesses.

The Lesson for You: Really spend time on the hiring process for your business. Hiring the right people might mean you don’t have to replace them every year, and that is worth its weight in gold.

4. I Never Have to Work for Anyone Ever Again

Early on in running our first business filing company, I sometimes wondered when we’d wake up from the dream and have to get “real” jobs. That, fortunately, never happened, and Phil and I have continued to be our own bosses. We’ll run CorpNet until we’re old and gray (and probably beyond that, too), happy to have lived our lives as entrepreneurs.

The Lesson for You: Look at the big picture with your business. Even if you’re struggling now, you’re working for bigger goals. As long as you keep that in mind and make smart decisions, you can be your own boss as long as you want.

I’m also grateful that at CorpNet we help so many small business owners realize their dreams of running a business. Let us help you start a business today!