Small businesses are good for the soul, good for the community and good for the world. May 1- 7 is National Small Business Week and as part of the celebration, we’ve rounded up 10 of our customers’ best tips for starting your own business. Read on and then start building your dream!

Love What You Do

Go for it! It’s a risk but it’s way more fun than working for someone else. — Mom’s Silver Shop

I believe strongly in small businesses and what they mean to our communities. If you have an idea, pray about it and make it a reality. — Dakota Greens

Do Some Research First

Do your research! I would also recommend having more working capital than you think you’ll need since there’s always some surprises when you’re first getting started. — DiFranco’s

Have a business plan, and then reinvent it over and over. Keep track of where you’ve been so you can see how far you have come and where you are going to grow next! —   Arts A Poppin’

Do as much research as you can. Don’t give up. Do what you love— if you encounter a part you don’t love, find someone else to help you. — Banana Box Market

Always Know What’s Happening

Keep your day job. Make sure you have enough money to get through your day-to-day expenses without overburdening your start-up. — Tifa Chocolate & Gelato

Every failure is a learning experience. If you start with a solid foundation – conceptualize your business and really think about how things will run behind the scenes – you will set yourself up for success. — Little Jenna's Grooming

Work Smart

Find something you love to do, think outside the box and take a risk, but invest in the tools that will set you up for success. If you can find a way to do it, owning your own business is the way to go! — Mike Harbour Golf

Do something you are passionate about and don’t be afraid to work hard to achieve your goals. Time is valuable, so prioritize your activities. Foster your contacts— you never know who will turn out to be a great partner! — Pupjoy

Stay Positive

Confront every obstacle as it comes. There will be a lot you’re not sure of, but if you stay positive and surround yourself with great people and a supportive community, success will follow! — La Vita Bella Coffeehouse