Small-business owners and entrepreneurs, you have a lot on your minds.
We asked you to tell ShopTalk about the No. 1 problem keeping you awake at night. From worries about having enough money to paying employees to balancing your work and personal life to figuring out how to run your business full time, you shared with us a range of answers in our question of the week contest.
The winning answer is from Joseph Grimes, owner of B&J Barber-Stylist Shop in Charlotte, who gets the $25 gift card from Blackhawk Hardware.
“In recent years, the economic crisis the country has faced has caused many sleepless nights,” Grimes wrote.
“My primary worries are financial. My business has been directly impacted by the unemployment increases and reductions in forces in the banking industry in Charlotte. Hair cuts and personal grooming fall to the bottom of an individual’s list of needs when they are trying to make ends meet.”
Grimes has run his shop in the same location, at 2200 Beatties Ford Road, for 21 years.
Here are some of your responses, edited for brevity: