What does it take to start and run a successful business? Your business will not thrive just because you have prepared a to-do list or because you think it’s a great idea. Running a successful business takes more than completing a to-do list.

What will determine the success of your business? What will break or make your business? Let’s find out.

Tips for Starting and Managing a Successful Business

1. Understand yourself

You should at least know your source and level of motivation, the amount of money you are comfortable risking, and what you are willing to do to succeed. We all want millions of dollars in revenue, but how many are willing to go the extra mile?

How many hours a week will you put up? How far from your comfort zone are you willing to stretch? These are questions you must answer before starting your business. For any business to succeed, your business plan should be in line with your family and personal goals.

2. Choose the Most Appropriate Business for you

The traditional formula – Find a need that needs to be filled – still works today. To be successful in business, you must either avoid competition or stay at the top of your competition. By finding a business niche that no one has filled, you will enjoy some sort of monopoly in that market. This translates into high revenue and cash flow.

3. Conduct Thorough Market Research

You want to be certain that there is a sufficient market for the products or services you want to offer. One of the major mistakes that novice entrepreneurs make is assuming that many people will buy a specific service or product just because they know a few people who would love to have the service or product.

Instead of making an assumption, conduct your market research to determine the demand for your product/service. Studying the market will help minimize your risks.

4. Competitive Research

For any type of business you start, you should expect to have competitors. Although there may be no other product like yours in the market, there are other alternative products that your target customers are using.

The aim is to establish what your competitors sell, to whom, and how they sell it. If there is no competition, it could be that there is no real demand for the product/service you want to sell.