Own things, don’t run things. Entrepreneurial success goes beyond merely acquiring or opening a business, then putting your blood, sweat, and tears into it. It comes down to whether you are truly an owner.

Reid Tileston’s

Grit It Done

A Low-Risk Guide to Enterpreneurial Business Ownership

Most Americans want autonomy, calendar control, impact, and the ability to own the upside of their work that’s typically thought to come with small business ownership.

America believes in small businesses. A June 2023 Gallup poll found that 65 percent of Americans have a great deal or quite a lot of confidence in small business, compared with 14 percent who have confidence in big business and only 8 percent having confidence in congress. Why are we so confident in small businesses? 29 percent of this confidence derives from the perception that small businesses represent the American Dream and are the backbone of the economy and another 28 percent comes from the business owner’s ability to be personally invested in the company . In fact, Americans are 6 percent more confident in small business confidence than they are in science .Not only that, but entrepreneurial business ownership is good for society. The country benefits from more. Two points worth reviewing about small business:

  • The Job Creators: According to the Small Business Administration (SBA), small businesses (fewer than 500 employees) generated 12.9 million net new jobs between 1995 and Q2 2021, meaning small businesses have accounted for 66 percent of employment growth over the last twenty-six years.
  • Economic Engine: 43.5 percent of Economic Activity (Gross Domestic Product) is attributed to small businesses.


  • Reid provides key-note speaking and seminars about the step-by-step process for buying a business at any stage of your life.
  • Reid provides key-note speaking and seminars to business owners about how to achieve satisfaction with your sale where he presents cutting edge doctoral research that he conducted.
  • Reid provides key-note speaking about the economic importance of small business.
  • Reid provides consulting engagements for those looking to learn more about ETA.

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