20 Inspiring Small Business Quotes for Start-up Entrepreneurs

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I want to share with you 20 inspiring small business quotes tailored to get you on the start-up bandwagon. You need these quotes for daily inspiration and motivation. You need them to keep your courage and your determination to get your business going. You need motivation to face your business challenges squarely.

To become an entrepreneur you must be determined and ambitious. Running a small business can be tough and demanding at times. Motivation is somewhat a call to action or an innate drive for success. The nature of success requires ambition, a good work-ethic, inspiration and motivation. You just have to do what works for you and stay true to your guts.

20 Inspiring Small Business Quotes for Start-up Entrepreneurs

1. “Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great.”– Mark Twain

2. “Chase the vision, not the money; the money will end up following you.”– Tony Hsieh

3. “You cannot swim for new horizons until you have courage to lose sight of the shore.”– William Faulkner

4. “If you’re going to run a small business, you need to know what everyone is doing, be the first one in and the last one out, and work weekends.”– Glen Mazzara

5. “Leadership is a potent combination of strategy and character. But if you must be without one, be without the strategy.”– Norman Schwarzkopf

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6. “What do you need to start a business? Three simple things: know your product better than anyone, know your customer, and have a burning desire to succeed.”–Dave Thomas

7. “A man’s success in business today turns upon his power of getting people to believe he has something they want.” – Gerland Stanley

8. “Everyone who achieves success in a great venture solves each problem as they came. They helped themselves and they were helped through powers known and unknown to them at the time they set out on their voyage. They keep going regardless of the obstacles they meet.”– W. Clement Stone

9. “The critical ingredient is getting off your butt and doing something. It’s as simple as that. A lot of people have ideas, but there are few who decide to do something about them now. Not tomorrow. Not next week. But today. The true entrepreneur is a doer, not a dreamer”– Nolan Bushnell

10. “Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do.”– Steve Jobs

11. “Hire character. Train skill.”– Peter Schultz

12. “A business that makes nothing but money is a poor business.”– Henry Ford

13. “To succeed in business, to reach the top, an individual must know all that is possible to know about that business.”– J. Paul Getty

14. “Be undeniably good. No marketing effort or social media buzzword can be a substitute for that.”– Anthony Volodkin

15. “I’m a big fan of small business ownership. I think it’s the backbone of Africa’s innovation. But to be successful, you first have to have the courage to go for it.”– modified after Bill Rancic

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16. “The way to get started is to quit talking and start doing.”– Walt Disney

17. “As long as you’re going to be thinking anyway, think big.”– Donald J. Trump

18. “It’s almost always harder to raise capital than you thought it would be, and it always takes longer. So plan for that.”– Richard Harroch

19. “The size of your success is measured by the strength of your desire, the size of your dream and how you handle disappointment along the way.”– Robert T. Kiyosaki

20. “If you just work on stuff that you like and you’re passionate about, you don’t have to have a master plan with how things will play out.”–Mark Zuckerberg

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