If you have an idea for a business that you are serious about pursuing, it’s a good idea to do some research into launching a successful startup. Here are some quick tips to consider.

Be an active owner. Be the face to your business. Don’t set up shop and leave the work to your employees while you keep the books. Engage with customers and motivate employees.

Community. It’s safe to say that if you’re a small local business, your target customers are the locals. Be active in the community to help build your name and bring them in. Participate in events, fundraisers and charities with other businesses.

Reliability. Do everything you can to make your customer happy. Happy customers tend to be loyal. Keep your promises and maintain quality products and services.

Learn from mistakes. You’re going to make mistakes. It’s inevitable. But what you take away from them is important. Treat each as a learning lesson so you don’t repeat the same mistake. If you don’t, you will fail. That’s not the kind of mistake you want to learn from.