For every successful entrepreneur, there are at least five who are not. In today’s competitive markets, you need to do everything you can to prevent yourself from becoming just another statistic.

Here, we outline ten of the most important things any entrepreneur should do to help themselves become successful.

How to Become Successful

Work on Your Pitch

When you pitch your idea to investors, this is the only impression they will have of you and your business. Because of that, it’s important to make the pitch as professional as possible. Make sure you have a sharp looking PowerPoint and practice presenting beforehand.

Business Plan

If you’re serious about making money, you need to have a business plan. How much money do you need to start up your company? When do you expect to become profitable? These are questions your investors will ask you as well, so make sure you have the answers.

Network

Large corporations and established businesses already have a large network of contacts to work with; a new entrepreneur does not. You need to get these contacts to be successful. Make a point to go where other entrepreneurs and potential clients are.

Hire Others

You alone will not have all the necessary skills you need to succeed. It’s important to know where you need help. Put your time into areas that you are strong in and hire someone else for the rest.

Work Hard

The reality is that being an entrepreneur is difficult. Most businesses do not make a profit for three to five years on average. If you are serious about being a successful entrepreneur, you will have to put in a lot of hours recruiting clients and investors.

Do Market Research

Make sure that your idea is a good fit for your market. Often, entrepreneurs open a business that appeals to them rather than what is a good fit for the market.

Enjoy Your Work

For the first few years, you will spend a lot of time with your business. If you hate what you are doing, it will be a lot more difficult for you to put in the work necessary to make it successful. Choose something that you genuinely enjoy or are interested in.

Be Resilient

Being an entrepreneur is not easy. Many people will tell you in no uncertain terms that you will fail. Even this article states that you have less than a 10% chance of becoming successful. To truly be successful you have to believe in yourself and have a thick skin.

Act

You will not often have the luxury of time. If you spend too much time planning, you will be left in the dust. The successful entrepreneurs are not the ones who spent months evaluating an idea but the ones who took a risk and ran with it.

Don’t Settle

People become entrepreneurs because they’re dissatisfied with working a nine to five job. Don’t fall back into that trap of complacency. In order to continue to be successful, you have to stay hungry and keep pushing.

Ignore Failure

You will fail many times during your venture. People often get discouraged by failure and try to cut their losses too early. Be persistent and give your idea a chance to grow.

There’s nothing easy about being an entrepreneur. It can be difficult and there will always be a chance that you will fail. However, if you keep in mind the tips above, you’ll set yourself up for a much better chance of success and prosperity.