Fine Tune Those Ethics
Is there something you are doing in your business endeavors that causes you to pause and wonder, "Should I be doing this?" or "Is this right to do?" If so, then you are more than likely engaged in behavior that is a bit questionable and need to listen carefully to your inner voice.
Many times people will get caught up with the desire of success, whether it is; to have the highest volume in sales, the most traffic to their website, or wanting to look better than a competitor. When these feelings of greed, envy and power take over, beware. It is at this time you need to be the most honest with yourself and take inventory on how you are conducting your business.
Remember that old saying "what goes around comes around", and even though things may appear "rosy" now, there may be times ahead where you reap the consequences for your current behavior. Play it smart and always use integrity in your actions and words. Be consistent in doing business the honest way.
Ask yourself the following questions and see how you measure up:
Am I using copyrighted or licensed material without permission? (this includes both large company's and small company’s material that you may be using)
Am I putting down others and their services to try to gain more business and look better than my competition?
Am I original in my ideas or do I copy what others are doing to get ahead?
Am I truthful to my clients, peers and other companies I do business with?
Am I being responsible and paying my bills?
Am I keeping my word and abiding by written contracts I've signed?
Think twice before making a decision, especially if you have questioning thoughts. There are eyes upon you and your business at all times. You never know who is watching and the reach that they may have in the ability to hurt or help your business. You have either everything to gain or everything to lose by the manner in which you do business. The choice is yours.