In a recent blog, I focused on business planning as preventive medicine. Continuing along in the same vein, the next step is to evaluate your horse business regularly to keep your enterprise in tip-top shape. It’s like taking your horse’s temperature, so that you know what normal is and what cause for concern is.
As you’re well aware, every business has its issues and problems – it’s all part and parcel for an equipreneur. The key lies in how you respond to the issues. What do you do when a problem surfaces, or you notice that your business “has a temperature?” Do you go into denial, or do you tackle the problem head on? Successful equipreneurs become fond of problem solving, or of bringing the temperature back within a normal range. Diagnosing a horse’s health problem can be confusing and it’s not unusual to be led astray by focusing on a symptom rather than determining the cause. Your business is like that too. Sometimes no matter what you do to focus in on what you believe the problem to be, no relief is in sight and your horse business temperature remains elevated. This is a good time to take a step back, take a look at the big picture and broaden your evaluation.