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There are a lot of excuses for skipping celebrations. You don’t have the time or the resources. There’s too much to be checked off the list.

We know there are challenges in sustaining and growing a small business, but we also know small business owners are achieving success daily, in spite of those challenges.

Why should you celebrate?

A little celebration can go a long way. It’s good for morale, motivation, and team building while reminding you to enjoy the moment.

Celebrating shouldn’t be saved for the major milestones: years in business, opening a new location, or making the “best-of” list in your area. Yes, those things should be celebrated, but what about the small, everyday victories?

What about satisfying another customer, hitting a monthly goal after a few hard months, or finally crossing off that thing sitting at the bottom of your to-do list? Don’t they deserve their own personal fist pump?

To help you get in the habit of recognizing the little things, try one of these small celebrations with big impact.

Ring a Bell

Play a victory song. Have a company saying or chant. When something great happens in your business, use sound to commemorate it.

Sticker Charts Work for Adults Too

Create a visual way to collect and measure the great things happening in your business as a reminder to you, your employees, and your customers. From compliments to number of sales, track progress openly and visually.

Out-of-the-Blue Treats

Do a coffee run. Show up with your favorite cupcakes. Treat yourself and your team to something that everyone can share. Show you’re paying attention with an unplanned acknowledgement of the hard work being put in.

Break Out the Bubbly

A classic celebration technique, it’s not a bad idea to keep a bottle of sparkling wine in the fridge–just in case. Here are five under $15. Toast to a job well done.

Create a Virtual Party

It’s easy to put together a festive slideshow with titles and music from pictures snapped on your smartphone. Try the Flipagram app (it’s free). You can keep your mini-movie private emailing the link to a select few or share on social media to your biggest fans.

Pass it Along

Have a special object that is passed from person to person. When you see someone doing something worth celebrating, pass the object along. Then it’s that person’s turn to find the next reason to pass it, and on and on it goes. It could be a trophy, a hat, a pin to wear–anything physical that says to the world: “I just did something great!”

Remember, a celebration doesn’t always have to be planned and orchestrated or take a lot of resources or effort. A good celebration feels spontaneous and connected to the moment. Aren’t the best parties the ones that aren’t planned downed to every last detail?

As easy as it is to get bogged down in everything that has to be done, taking the time to celebrate a job well done is also good for business.

Our mission at Swift Capital is to unleash the potential of every small business by providing them with fair and convenient access to working capital. We harness data and technology alongside personalized human expertise to see the true potential in every business. Did you like this post? Tell us what you’d like to see on our blog. Email us at newsletter@swiftcapital.com or tell us here.

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