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.
Taurus(April 20-May 20) Perhaps you have recently witnessed the close of a major business deal and spent a few weeks rejuvenating your spirits (and maybe having a few spirits to help along that process). Relaxation time is now officially over. Opportunities this month are charging full steam ahead and squarely in the Bull's direction, especially in the area of real estate. The smart business owner will jump at a chance to land choice office space, or renegotiate a lease, even if he or she has had bad luck with landlords in the past. Things will work in your favor.
Gemini(May 21-June 20) It's time to do the big no-no: Combine business with pleasure. We're serious—the new moon carries an opportunity to widen your circle of friends. So save and close those spreadsheets, and get out of the office a few nights a week. The stars have also aligned to blow a few great (but atypical) business opportunities your way. The guy who pitches an idea to you at the bar? Maybe listen to him this time.
Cancer(June 21-July 22) Entrepreneurs love growth, you especially. And good news: There's a chance for a growth in a new direction over the next few weeks, one that will satisfy your innate itch for adventure. Taking advantage of it may, however, be daunting. The planet of judgement is in a weak position for you this month, so consult with others before you make any big decisions. Here's a classic Inc. piece on decision making to help you on your way.
Leo(July 23-August 22) Even though the next few weeks are looking good financially, making any reckless decisions is not in the Lion's best interest this month. The planets are aligned to create good financial fortune in your house, but the impending retrograde is creating a lingering fogginess that affects your ability to judge the health of your balance sheet with any real clarity. Be sure to read the fine print before you sign a long-term contract. Now is not the time to let impulsiveness get the best of you.
Virgo(August 23-September 22) You've been struggling for air the last few weeks, we know, but you'll finally be able to feel optimistic again at the end of May when Mercury shifts out of retrograde. If you can delay any important business trips or capital expenditures until after May 13th, do so. It will be better on your wallet—and your psyche.
Libra(September 23-October 22) Partner up! Partner up! Partner up! For the last few months Libras have been bearing the weight of the world (i.e. their business) on their backs. It's time to let others lighten the load. Been thinking about hiring a new PR agent? Or even bringing on a business partner? Start the vetting process.
Scorpio(October 23-November 21) It's unfortunate that, even as Spring is picking up and nature is buzzing, the Scorpio still feels the lethargy of the dead of winter. Stay optimistic. The doldrums won't last for long. You'll see positive developments by June, so keep up your efforts.
Sagittarius(November 22-December 21) Mercury is in retrograde for Sagittarians this month, meaning that daily tasks might prove more difficult than usual. Work through plans slowly, and check for errors. The good news is the stars are aligned positively in the house of friendship and motivation. Sagittarians may meet an inspirational mentor this month who will prove invaluable for years to come.
Capricorn(December 22-January 19) Few people go the extra mile with the same gusto as you do. Late nights, weekend hours, skipped meals—Capricorn has done it all, without much complaint. This month, your hard work will finally be recognized and your efforts will pay off, as Saturn sits in the house of achievements and reward. Going forward, you may not have to log quite so many hours it seems. Need help cutting down your workaholic habits? Here are 10 ways to improve your work-life balance.
Aquarius(January 20-February 18) We're sorry to report that the financial burdens you may have felt last quarter are bound to pop up again in the next few weeks. Saturn is entering the 8th house of loans and mortgages, meaning that these kinds of financial obligations will prove to be burdensome for a short time. You have a contingency fund right? Phew, we thought so.
Pisces(February 19-March 20) The stars show that the last weeks of May will bring a big financial transaction into your sphere. Dare we say it might come via a Facebook friend? We know you tend to be a late adopter of such relatively new technologies so, if you're not up to par on social networking skills, see our tips for help on making the most of the experience.
Aries(March 21-April 19) You've been keeping some plans on the down low for the last few weeks, and you're not wrong in doing so. Aries are wise to keep the details to themselves until everything is perfected. The reveal can wait until this summer when your judgment and communication skills will be at their best.