When you start a small business you have a lot of important details to consider. According to a LinkedIn report, there is nearly a 1 in 2 chance that a start-up will go out of business within five years. Your business will be your livelihood. That number can be nerve wracking. You want your business to be successful. The goal is to secure your future. You want to be a successful owner and boss.

These best practices can help:

  • Always look for possible metrics to measure. Make data driven decisions for your business.
  • Research your competitors and find out what their successful practices are.
  • Consider what works for your competitors and see how you can tailor those practices to contribute to the success of your business.
  • Identify areas of weakness.
  • Set small goals—both metric and non-metric related.
  • Set clear standards and expectations for all of your employees.
  • Have regular meetings with your employees so that you can solicit feedback and also talk about their performance.
  • Document all of your processes. Clear documentation will make it easier to track metrics and methods. Documentation will also provide clear and concise communication for your employees.

You will want to think ahead. How will a marriage affect your business? If you plan to get married, you will want to consider protecting your business. No one enters into marriage thinking about divorce, but you may want to in order to protect your business.

  • A prenuptial agreement might be something you want to consider. This agreement will outline what would happen with your business should the marriage end in divorce.
  • Paying yourself a competitive salary could keep a spouse from claiming that you didn’t contribute to the household.
  • Using a partnership, LLC, or other agreement can be a protective measure in the event of divorce when proper provisions are included.

A successful business starts with proper groundwork. You can do your best to launch a successful business by having a well thought out business plan. You should be open to constructive criticism and changing practices based on metrics. You will want to hire quality employees and enforce your expectations at orientation.