Starting a business is what many Australians dream of but the road to success is often a rocky one. With freedom comes responsibility and more often than not you will wonder how other people have done it before you. In her article for Business Insider Australia, Sarah Kimmorley gathers advice from some of Australia’s most successful entrepreneurs to inspire and encourage today’s start-up leaders.

Daniel Flynn, Co-founder and Managing Director of Thankyou Group

A good idea doesn’t guarantee success – everyone has one. The value is in the execution of that idea and that’s where your focus needs to be. You’ll be surrounded by people who always ask of you, “But what will happen if you fail?”. Instead, ask yourself “What if we succeed?” This is why it’s important to surround yourself with a great team who support each other. The people and culture are the lifeblood of your business, so be sure to devote the deserved energy and time. Ban the word “budget” from initial marketing and creative meetings – it limits brainstorming and keeps everyone thinking small. Always start with the thought: “If we had no limitations, we would…”. Then work from there and remind yourself everyday of those big objectives. Finally, excuses just give you permission not to succeed – don’t make them.

To read 25 more helpful pieces of advice coming straight from those who know how real the small business struggle really is, head to Business Insider Australia website for the full article, The Best Advice From 26 Successful Aussie Entrepreneurs For Small Business Owners.