How Long It Takes for a Small Business to Be Successful: A Year-By-Year Breakdown

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How Long It Takes for a Small Business to Be Successful

A Year-By-Year Breakdown
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Most small businesses take at least 2 to 3 years to be profitable and become truly successful once they’ve hit the 7 to 10 year mark. Most small businesses take years to be successful, despite the overnight success of companies like Facebook. Statistics show that successful small businesses are built over years, not months, according to Forbes.

In this article, we’ll cover:

Year One
Year Two
Year Three
Year Four +

Successful Business Examples – Small businesses have fairly predictable patterns of growth in their early years, according to Startups.co. They face similar challenges and successes. Unfortunately, the overnight success of businesses like Uber are the exception to the rule. It’s also important to note that success means different things to different owners.

Below, we’ll look at the first few years and what markers of success a small business may find in each one.

Year One

Though year one is full of financial struggle as you try to get your startup off the ground, it can be full of small successes as well and rewarding experiences.

Owners can celebrate all the hallmarks of starting a new business like incorporating, launching a website or getting some media attention. Growing your client list and realizing you can pay your personal bills thanks to your startup are other exciting successes you can celebrate in your first year, according to Entrepreneur.

Still, these initials successes aren’t necessarily signs your business will succeed over the next few years. It does mean that you’re starting off well. And it’s important to note too that about 20 percent of small businesses fail in their first year. So if you made it through year one, that’s reason to celebrate alone.

Year Two

Year two is when the initial successes of year one start to pale in the face of cash concerns. Your savings are probably tapped, your credit card might be maxed out and owners will start to have to borrow more, creating stress around mounting debt.

This is the year when small business owners realize that their early customers aren’t necessarily long-term customers. And that successfully starting a business isn’t the same as running a business that’s successful for the long haul.

Success in year two becomes about hitting growth milestones—even small ones. If your business is growing, you’re on the road to building a viable company, according to Entrepreneur. Year two is when you should see your client list really expanding
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By MSc(Econ) Lassi Pensikkala - International Travel and Business Expert

Lassi Pensikkala is the creator of AmerExperience.com. He writes regularly providing thought leadership on topics related to Travel, Golf, Business, Health, and Lifestyle. You can follow him on Twitter @amerexperience or connect on Linkedin. You can read his business and travel magazines on Flipboard @amerexperience Expertise: International Travel And Business Expert Creator of AmerExperience.com - Education: Studied International Business in Business School of Turku Finland, and Economy, Psychology and Sociology at the University of Hamburg graduated as MSc(Econ) - Language skills: Multilingual - English, German, Spanish, Swedish and Finnish - Life philosophy: 1959 and the 60’s were the golden times of Rock’n Roll, student movements, and first flight to moon. The nordic people were free to travel in the Scandinavian countries including Finland. No passports or travel documents were needed. The freedom still today is the most important for the Scandinavians from that epoch. Freedom is to travel, learn to know new countries and other languages, and meet different people and cultures. He wishes the new generations would have the same possibilities experiencing all that what makes you feel free, and building a strong personality. -

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