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The business world is divided between the “Haves” and “Have Nots.” To get your company into the former category, you’ll need to have a few key ingredients on your side first.

Have a Vision

For starters, every great business needs a vision. With as many copycats as there are out there, you’ll need to find a way to set your business apart. Moreover, without a clear vision, you won’t have a clear idea as to where you’re going, where you’ve been, and how you plan to get from Point A to Point B.

Have Capital

Of course, that vision can vanish into a mirage if you don’t make sure it is adequately supported by enough capital. To do that, you’ll need to get a business loan, crowdfund your enterprise, or find another way to make ends meet. To secure a loan, you’ll need to devise a business plan that can convince banks and investors that your vision is clear, your product or service is in demand, and your ducks are all in a row to make your plan come to fruition.

Have Goals

A cohesive and coherent business plan will require goals. These should be short, as well as long-term in nature. You should have separate, concrete, attainable goals in mind for the next few quarters, months, and years.

You’ll also want to devise a few contingency plans for responding to shortcomings or crises while remaining focused on these goals. Planning for eventual shortfalls now can keep them from becoming company-killing pitfalls later.

Have Insight

Your business won’t go anywhere if you don’t know what you’re doing. Having keen, up-to-date insight into your industry is key to success.

Have Courage

As the saying goes, “Fortune favors the bold.” Business is not an enterprise for the faint-hearted. There will be long, hard, exhausting days ahead, and plenty of moments where you question whether it is all worth it. Have faith in yourself and your employees, and have the courage to admit when you’ve made a mistake or need to change something.

These tips can help you have the right “Must-Haves” in place to catapult your business to the top.