I read an interesting article in The Philadelphia Inquirer. It was written by Gene Marks, a CPA and owner of the Marks Group, a technology and financial management consulting firm in suburban Philadelphia.
Gene rightly stated that small-business owners are, especially now, under lots of stress and may benefit from a trained professional. But do they need a business coach, a life coach, a therapist, or a psychologist? The answer obviously depends on the individual, and the degree of their stress. As we all know, stress can lead to serious mental health issues.
Even before COVID-19, business owners faced the stress of meeting payrolls and other decisions that impacted the lives of employees, customers, vendors, and partners. Now with the pandemic, concerns about these people have multiplied in many cases. That’s a lot of stress for anyone and doesn’t factor in other pressures such as an individual’s home life, health issues, financial situation and the many other forces that impact one’s life.
As Gene points out, “Running a business – whether in the middle of a pandemic or not – is a stressful thing to do. It’s important to have someone – a professional without an agenda and in a neutral setting – to discuss the problems we face, both in our companies and in our personal lives.”
If you’re feeling alone and stressed, please reach out to me. Let’s talk. Maybe I can help you and if not, I will certainly point you in the right direction.