Can you think of someone that is more successful than you? Chances are, you could easily name at least a few people who seem to run their business better or celebrate more achievements. We are all aware that the success of a business does not happen overnight. Here at UpCounsel, we believe the following five habits practiced by successful entrepreneurs:

1. Set goals. This doesn’t mean, “Work hard, play hard” or “Make more money”. The best goals are specific and attached to a time frame in which they should ideally be met, like “Increase traffic to the website by 20% in the next three months.”

2. Study the other side.  Many people find motivation through competition. Try spending your hour studying your competitors and identifying things that may be doing better than you. By understanding how their business succeeds, you can make changes to your own.

3. Review your records. First, this means you’ll have to keep detailed records, so if you’re not already doing so, you should start. There are many types of records. You could reflect on a list of goals that you’ve made in the past, read through submissions from a suggestion box, emails from customers, or Yelp reviews, or, you can take a traditional approach and analyze your financial records to see how your business is doing and whether you should be making any adjustments.

4. Stop procrastinating. This means getting things done even when you don’t feel like it and taking risks instead of waiting for the “right” time. When you are faced with a difficult problem, don’t get stuck dwelling on the problem without making steps toward solving it. Successful people take initiative and stay busy.

5. Surround yourself with the right people. Successful people easily relate to other ambitious people and often nurture symbiotic relationships. Try networking with like-minded individuals and milking those relationships when needed. This also means eliminating employees who are not pulling their weight or are not advocating for your business’s success. Also, it is important to maintain strong relationships with family and friends. A large support system is never a bad idea.

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Matt Faustman

Matt Faustman

Matt is the co-founder and CEO at UpCounsel. Matt believes in the power of online platforms to change antiquated ways of life and founded UpCounsel to make legal services efficiently accessible. He is responsible for our overall vision and growth of the UpCounsel platform. Before founding UpCounsel, Matt practiced as a startup and business attorney.

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