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Are you just beginning your journey as a business owner? You’ve been planning and imagining all the things you’re going to accomplish. It’s fun to daydream of the future, especially when you’ve reached your first few goals and things are going well. However,  when it comes to getting started it is pivotal to have a clear idea to focus not only on creating your own business, but continually maintaining a successful one!

Here are a few pieces of advice for anyone beginning in business.

Create a Support Network
Being a business owner can feel isolating at times, especially when you’re just starting out. It is important to stay active in your local business community and spend time networking to build relationships that will last.
Having a mentor is a great resource for those beginning their own business. You will run into problems and have questions, this is where having support is absolutely necessary. It’s a good idea to create a support network that includes all walks of life. Of course you need an accountant, but you’ll also want to have someone that understands marketing and someone that possesses the skills it takes to create or move your product.

Your team should be able to pinpoint a problem and create solutions together. By surrounding yourself with people that see your passion and share the same values, you’ll gain confidence that your business is  well-rounded, and in turn, more likely to succeed.

This goes hand in hand with creating a support network. As a business owner it is unavoidable, you’ll need help! There are going to be certain areas of the business that you aren’t the most talented in. This is why it’s important to have employees that can do the things that you cannot. As your company grows, you can continue adding departments and building a team. Together, your team will bring a plethora of new skills and perspectives to the table. Collaborations are a wonderful thing. Hold meetings with everyone and listen to the ideas being bounced around. Focus on what you do best, and continually check on everyone involved.

Set Specific Goals
Break big goals into multiple, smaller ones. This will benefit every aspect of your business. For instance, when looking at revenue, break it down into smaller numbers. This way you’ll know exactly what you need to obtain each quarter and will be able to plan more accordingly. Having smaller goals will mean checking in more often on the plan and will help to keep focus on the tasks at hand.