7 proverbs every business owner should discover
18 October 2009
BIG IDEA help people be successful in business thru biblical wisdom
*DO* STORY BENEFITS
Business people in the Bible
- Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Job
- Matthew, Peter whose partners in business were James & John, Paul, Priscilla & Aquila (tentmakers like Paul)
Significant managers – Joseph, Daniel
Jesus refers to business owners – Luke 16 business owner sacking a manager,
James & John, Andrew & Peter were businessmen
! the 7 proverbs
*/# 1 first plant your fields then build your barn /*Prov 24:27
*Right priorities at the launch of your business*
*Don’t start a business without a written plan*
- clearly defined measurable outcomes
- what am I in business for?
Fundamentally – to make money
- strategies to get there
- what would indicate I have succeeded?
*Carefully watch your cash flow* – cash is king, last 12 mths in our church business affairs
*# 2 /Dear friend if bad companions tempt you, don’t go along with them/ *Prov 1:10
The people in your business determine your success
YOU \\ OTHERS
– staff – let others make you successful, release people – outcome oriented more than process fixated
– advisors - get the best financial & legal advice you can afford Prov 19:20 /listen to advice/
– mentors~/coaches – discover successful people & ask questions
– customers – look after good customers
*# 3 /God hates cheating in the marketplace; he loves it when business is above board/ *Prov 11:1
*Integrity & honesty -* primary place of integrity
Looking for a snack in city – walked away – I knew I was being ripped off … short term value of ripping people off in price or service
*# 4 /Slack habits and sloppy work are as bad as vandalism/ *Prov 18:9
Power of focus
*BIG PICTURE FOCUS* Why are you in business?
What’s the main point?
*ANNUAL FOCUS *What are we trying to achieve this year?
Work ON your business not just IN your business
*WEEKLY FOCUS *Well managed diary – tradies who never turn up on time
*DAILY FOCUS *Downside of multi-tasking
*# 5 /A farmer too lazy to plant in the spring has nothing to harvest in the fall /*Prov 20:4
Understand seasons – lazy business people do not understand seasons
*BUSINESS SEASONS* – low, mid, peak
*SEASONS OF ECONOMIC CYCLES* -
*PERSONAL SEASONS* – young family – don’t ruin your family to establish your business
*ENERGY SEASONS* - manage your energy – daily (morning~/nite person), weekly (ebb & flow of your week), annually (warn my staff of approaching holidays & my tiredness)
*# 6 /A twinkle in the eye means joy in the heart & good news makes you feel fit as a fiddle/ *Prov 15:30
*You are the thermostat* - your attitude infects everyone in your business
*Twinkle in your eyes* (joy, smiling, happy, upbeat, positive, hope filled) brings joy to hearts of your workers
*Good news brings health to a business* – get good news happening!
Staff meeting – white board good news!
*# 7 Trust God from the bottom of your heart; don’t try to figure out everything on your own* Prov 3:5
Trust in the Lord New Plymouth business guy, owns 2 car yards, investment properties, started commercial & residential electrical business
Power of prayer, when he walks onto the yard cards sell!!
*PRAY FOR BUSINESSES*
Priorities, people in your business, integrity, focus, discernment in various seasons, joy, faith