It’s not easy to get a business up and running, but neither is it the most difficult task in the world. Indeed, the smart approach is to understand that it’s neither a walk in the park, nor is it rocket science. It’s somewhere in the middle. While the bad news is that many businesses do end up failing, the good news is that there are things you can do that’ll push yours in the right direction. In this blog, we’re going to take a look at nine essential things that all newcomers to the business world must have, in order to give themselves the best possible chance of success. 

The Spark

First thing’s first: if you’re going to have a successful business, then the idea must be strong. Some people fall into the trap of believing that all of their ideas are good; this is never the case. Being able to tell the difference between a strong idea and an underdeveloped (or outright bad) idea can help to prevent many problems further down the line. As well as figuring out whether an idea will have support in the wider community, it must also be something that you’re excited about too. You are, after all, going to be living with whatever you’ve come up with for (hopefully) many years. 

The Energy

As well as having a good idea, you’ll also need to think about your energy levels. It can require a lot of energy to run a business, especially one that has its sights on hitting the big time. So before you launch your venture, think about whether this is the right time or not, in terms of how you’re feeling emotionally, physically, and mentally. If you feel in a good place and you’ve got extra energy to burn, then hit the ground running. If you’re feeling a little rundown, then it’ll probably be better to wait until you’re in a better space. In general, too, it’s usually a good idea to spend the couple of weeks leading up to getting started in rest-mode. 

The Time

You’ve got the idea, you have energy, but do you have the time? No matter the size of your operations, you’re going to need time to get things running, and there are only so many hours in the day. Will you be able to dedicate enough time to make progress? If not, then it’ll be best to wait until your daily schedule is a little bit freer. While you might begin with low expectations, and thus think you can get away with only dedicating an hour or two a day, sometimes businesses can take off quicker than you think. If you’re finding that you don’t have enough time to do your job to a high standard, then your business will have reputation issues from the beginning.

Friends and Family

It’s not easy running a business, not easy at all. If you’re going to succeed, then you’ll need to have good people around you. Your friends and family will be important people on your journey towards success. They’ll need to be understanding, since you’ll likely have less time and be more stressed than usual, and also be supportive and encouraging. Plus, in the very early days they’ll likely be useful when it comes to taking care of all the small tasks that need to be completed. Many hands can make light work!

The Experts

You’re going to have some skills required to build a successful business, but you’re not going to have all the skills you need. While there will be some things that you’re able to figure out on your own, for some tasks, it’s important that you work with others, because the job is too important. Take your SEO, for example. Because this can play such an important role in the development of your business, it’s best to outsource the task to another company by visiting It’s also recommended to outsource the time-consuming tasks, such as your legal and accounting jobs, which can eat up too much of your time. By working with others, you’ll be able to get expert help and free up your time so you can focus on other areas of running a business. 

The Vision 

You’ll hopefully know that you’ve got a pretty solid business idea on your hands, but it’s important that you’re looking beyond the here and now, and thinking of the future. Because who knows where the industry will be in 5, 10 years down the line? If the future seems complicated (or won’t exist, as is the case with some industries), then you may need to rethink your plans.

The Money

It’s true that you don’t necessarily need to have bags of cash to get a business up and running, but it does make it easier. And in any case, you will need to have at least some money before you get things started. So have a think about how you’re going to finance your company: will it be with your personal savings, or are you going to get a loan? Whatever you decide, be sure to have a strong financial outline for your business, including understanding how much you’ll need to have.

The Skillset 

It’s always worthwhile to practice a little bit of self-analysis from time to time. If you’re going to build a successful company, then you’ll need to have a realistic overview of your strengths and weaknesses. You’re not going to be good at everything! By figuring out your weak points, you’ll have an opportunity to learn the necessary skills before they become vitally important.

The Love

Finally, be sure to have love for the idea! If you’re going it because you think you should, or you want to please someone else, then something is wrong. There are going to be plenty of tough days when it’ll be your passion that pushes you forward. Indeed, it’ll be your love for what you’re doing that underpins all of your success.