Running a small business takes a gift for anticipation, if not clairvoyance. To help you predict the changes that will affect your business and your industry, we've decided to consult the stars.
PISCES(February 19-March 20th) Well, lucky Pisces, it looks like the next few weeks could shape up to be one of the best phases of the year for you. The Sun meets Jupiter in your sign around the 27th. Sales will come easily, and your natural imaginative powers will yield new opportunities. Whatever hardships last year brought, this year will ease. And whatever ideas you come up with this month may set the tenor for your company for the year to come.
ARIES(March 21-April 19th) Follow-up! Follow-up! Follow-up! It's no secret folks born under the Aries sign are good at introductions, but when it comes to sustaining a network of relationships, you often struggle. So take a few hours to browse your Outlook contacts and update your LinkedIn profile. These long-dormant connections may prove to be a wellspring of new business.
TAURUS(April 20-May 20) This month you Taureans can have your cake and eat it too. The stars are downright conspiring to make things smooth for you. A new opportunity such as a speaking gig or admission to a choice gathering will open up and you alone will have the exclusive knowledge to snag it. That is, if you happen to notice it. Don't mope, even on the most exasperating of days. Look up. Opportunity calls.
GEMINI(May 21-June 20) You built your reputation—and your company's customer base—by staying up on all the latest industry gossip and knowing all the right people. And though things are looking good for the Gemini sign in the coming weeks, one ill-advised comment could mar an otherwise successful presentation at the end of the month. So be sure to practice this age-old maxim: Think before you speak.
CANCER(June 21-July 22) The New Year has probably been uneventful for you. While the status quo in business is not always a bad thing, you tend to get restless very easily. Well, wait no longer: There's a big surprise in store for you at the end of February—perhaps a new joint venture or an angel investing opportunity—that could prove to be both lucrative and rejuvinating.
LEO(July 23- August 22) Those who've been hanging around you lately are probably sick of hearing you complain about your downtrodden luck. Well, they're going to have to lend their ears for another few weeks. You're feeling sluggish, and things aren't stacking up like you'd hoped they would. Use this time to take a step back, reconsider your strategy, and assess your organization's strengths and weaknesses.
VIRGO(August 23-September 22) This month is all about teamwork, Virgo. Fostering collaboration isn't just a sound management principle; over the coming weeks, you will find that it is integral to your company's success. Moreover, getting a group to work well plays to the strengths of a communicative person such as yourself. Take care to run your ideas by others whom you trust. They may be able to transform your random musings into a truly innovative idea.
LIBRA(September 23-October 22) February has treated you divinely—you were able to achieve greater work-life balance while still attending all the usual industry events and get-togethers. But the full moon on the 28th will inspire in you a craving for introspection, and you'll want to spend some time alone to get ready for the busy months ahead.
SCORPIO(October 23-November 21) Even for a person who routinely exudes optimism and bubbles over with creative new ideas, you are experiencing a particularly fecund period. (You can thank the alignment of Mercury for that.) With everything coming together at your company, you'll feel in control and confident. As long as you're at your very best (and before that next mood swing), schedule the important meeting you've been contemplating for months now.
SAGITTARIUS(November 22-December 21) You love spontaneity so much that often when it comes to make important decisions—like where to set up a company's headquarters, or what VoIP system to buy—the seeming permanence of the decision makes you anxious. But later this month, when the ruling planet Jupiter hosts the Sun, you will be able to see clearly what to buy and what to sell. Don't be afraid to act on these observations with an ease uncharacteristic of your usual self.
CAPRICORN(December 22-January 19) Your industry has been changing on an almost minute-to-minute schedule of late. Of course, as a Capricorn, you are naturally resilient, and have been dealing with the flux admirably. Still, in an effort to truly absorb developments, let yourself off the hook this month. Spend some quiet time with family and friends, or take some days simply to recuperate.
AQUARIUS(January 20-February 18) That elusive line of credit just may be coming together for you, Aquarius. The planets are aligned to create good financial fortune in your house, coupled with confidence, which is always a winning combination. Though do be sure to read the fine print before you make any personal guarantees. Excitement is no excuse for recklessness.