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 this month, we've decided to consult the stars.
Gemini(May 21-June 20) Remember how last month was your time to shine socially? Well, all your networking has paid off and this month is shaping up to provide excellent progress in your professional endeavors. An old friend with whom you may have recently reconnected will offer you a deal at the end of May that will look too good to pass up. But before you dive in head-first, brush up on our advice about how to make working with friends a successful venture.
Cancer(June 21-July 22) The length of the sales cycle may be frustrating lately, but Crabs will soon be out of the sales doldrums. This month Uranus, the planet of surprise, is entering Cancer's house of career for the first time since the heady economic days of 1927. This is no small deal. The shift is sure to bring unexpected RFPs your way over the next two months. Whether they'll be worth your time or not is yet to be seen, but one thing is definite: They won't represent the typical customer.
Leo(July 23-August 22) The fog has cleared from the Lion's horizon. Whereas last month was not the time to make impetuous decisions, this month the Lion's signature decisiveness is back. Particularly active over the next few weeks is Leo's 10th house of fame and honors. Now is the time to accept speaking engagements and maybe pump up your company's PR. The stars are aligned so that both your personal brand and your company's reputation will glow brighter.
Virgo(August 23-September 22) There's nothing particular on Virgo's plate to be so stressed about, but nevertheless Virgos are feeling acute anxiety this month. Come the end of May, Virgos will get an opportunity to get out of town. However worried you are about the health of your business, you would be wise to accept the chance to get away from it. A brief vacation will allow you to take a deep breath and regain perspective.
Libra (September 23-October 22) As Notorious once said, "Mo' money, mo' problems." An abundance of money is usually anything but a problem for the entrepreneur, but an excess of funds for Libra business owners will this month create some dilemmas. Do you pay off your line of credit? Invest in a new line of business? Give a deserving employee a raise? Choose carefully; extra money doesn't land on your lap all that often.
Scorpio (October 23- November 21) Last month, Scorpios were feeling foggy and down, but now a renewed sense of confidence will drive you to be a great negotiating force, especially during the latter half of the month. Perhaps it's time to revisit that nettlesome vendor contract? See our tips on how to expertly negotiate difficult topics.
Sagittarius (November 22-December 21) You pride yourself on your company's commitment to quality and superior customer service. This month, because Mercury is still in retrograde, hitting simple milestones may be harder than usual for the sign of the Archer. Try not to let the sense of slogginess frustrate you or pervade the organization. The end of the month brings a full moon to shine a clarifying light on all matters that perplex you.
Capricorn (December 22-January 19) Your creative side is set to steer this month, but don't forget that innovation needs to be expertly communicated within your company in order for it to pay off. What may seem like an excellent concept to you may not resonate immediately with your employees. Make sure you set aside time to explain thoroughly your vision for the company. Call an all-hands-on-deck meeting sooner rather than later.
Aquarius (January 20-February 18) We're sure you'd be as happy to report this as we are—the month ended on a high note for Aquarius, and the good fortune is set to continue through June, especially in Aquarius's house of fame and fortune. Expect to get much-desired positive publicity for a contract you fulfilled to the tee.
Pisces (February 19-March 20) Those born under the sign of Pisces will have Jupiter at their side this month, shedding light on managerial matters that are usually marked by self-consciousness and second-guessing. Make a decision this month. A major one. Whether it's in your personal life or involves a big shakeup in the business, you are likely to see dramatically positive results over the next year.
Aries (March 21-April 19) Aries are not born risk-takers. That said, this is an auspicious time to venture beyond your usual comfort zone. The stars are aligned to support big change for Aries this summer that may change others' view of you, as well as your view of yourself. Are dissenters standing in your way? Take a look at our interview with Chip and Dan Heath, authors of a book on change management.
Taurus(April 20-May 20) Now is an excellent time for you to plan a big event—whether its a trade show after-party, a viral-marketing push, or even a webinar for prospective customers. Just don't forget to involve your employees who can sometimes feel neglected when you put your energies into cultivating folks outside the business. Maybe it's time to finally get around to scheduling the company barbeque? Whatever you do, get those invitations in the mail.