Tips on How to take your business to the next level James J May 15, 2014 Online Success How to take your business to the next level In order to be successful in taking your business to the next level you must have a plan and be prepared to take action. Running and starting your business are two very different things and understanding this can be the difference between success and failure. Starting a business requires a plan, knowledge of your industry, and training. Running a business on the other hand requires taking action and persistence. To begin your business you need knowledge and training, in many cases you will already be an expert in your industry otherwise you need to research your industry. Luckily you have several resources including google, YouTube, books, and you can even take online courses/programs. Next step is to develop a plan, some of the questions you must ask yourself is, what are my goals? How will I get there? How much time and money should I invest? Being prepared is very important to being successful. To keep your business profitable you need to take action, many individuals will be stuck at the start of their business and will keep reading and planning without ever taking action. They say only 1% to 5% of business starters actually take action, even less succeed. Many fail simply because they lack persistence. Persistence is the key reason why people succeed, you ask any successful individual and they will mention “Persistence is key”. You will encounter many failures but eventually you will be successful, how fast you become successful is determined by how well you prepared at the start of your business. So now you understand how to get your business to the next level. But how do you deal with obstacles? Two of the most important obstacles you need to overcome are the lack of persistence and never taking action. To be more persistent you need to break down your goal into smaller goals and work on them one at a time, these small accomplishments will build up your motivation and determination to succeed. Taking action can be achieved by giving yourself a timeline of how long you will prepare and providing yourself with a strict deadline of when you must take action. These obstacles filter out those who are determined and those who are not serious about their business; if you can pass these obstacles and be persistent you are already in the top 5%. These ideas and methods can be applied to any business in any industry and will surely help you to be more successful in your endeavor to a more profitable business.