In the small business world, growth can be essential to long-term survival — and to your financial picture. While breaking even or making a small profit in the early days might be expected, you’ll soon want to explore tactics for growth and build your business into a more profitable success.

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Going green can help your business save or make money by reducing your utility bills, claiming tax benefits and attracting new customers who want to support green businesses.

Risk management is evaluating what could go wrong with different parts of your business and implementing plans to lessen the possibility of a negative outcome. Your ultimate goal as a business owner is to reduce potential risks by knowing those most likely to happen and planning ahead to prevent or prepare for them.

Whether you are a new business owner or have run your small business for years, it is wise to familiarize yourself with the five cycles of change: startup, growth, maturity, transition and succession. This applies to small retail shops and online business alike, as every type of business may go through several or all of these stages.

Regardless of the size of your business, there are always opportunities to be more productive, successful, and profitable. With careful planning and decision making, you can start achieving your goals.