Quotes on Starting a Business

Are you about to start a new business? This can be very tough. Check out these motivational quotes on starting a business to help keep your passion alive as you strive to overcome the challenges of starting a business.

So, you are just starting a new business.

Great for you!

Firstly, starting a new business can be a dream come true for many.

However, only a few are aware of how challenging starting a new business can be.

Furthermore, some of these challenges are coming up with a business name and a business plan.

Another challenge for start-up business owners is keeping the passion for the business burning.

Consequently, this is one of the many reasons why most start-up businesses fail.

More so, one of the keys to success in business is passion.

If you lack the passion to give in your best for the business how will the business succeed?

Hence, the best way to stay passionate about your business is to have something that motivates you to keep pushing no matter what.

These quotes on starting a business will be a good way to stay motivated as you try to get your business off the ground.

We understand that getting a business off the ground can be quite energy-sapping.

Hence, we’ve put together these amazing quotes on starting a business to give you all the mental support you need to start your business.

Additionally, these quotes on starting a business will motivate and inspire you to push yourself beyond your limits and achieve your business goals.

Read on and be inspired!

135 Inspring Quotes On Starting A Business

1You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have. – Maya Angelou

2You can’t have a million-dollar dream with a minimum-wage work ethic. – Stephen C. Hogan

3Wonder what your customer really wants? Ask. Don’t tell. – Lisa Stone

4Whether you think you can, or think you can’t — you’re right. – Henry Ford

5Your 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

6Your most unhappy customers are your greatest source of learning. – Bill Gates

7Your mission or purpose is like a magnet that keeps you moving is a well established direction. – Doris P. Johnson

8Your Core Values are the “glue” that holds your business together. – Doris P. Johnson

9Your business values can make you soar above the competition. – Doris Perdue-Johnson

10You shouldn’t focus on why you can’t do something, which is what most people do. You should focus on why perhaps you can, and be one of the exceptions. – Steve Case

11You raze the old to raise the new. – Justina Chen Headley

12You might be thinking, ‘But what if someone steals my idea?’ Trust me: most of us don’t have the spare time to start a company with your great idea, and even if we did, it’s going to be up to you to out-execute your competitors. – Alexis Ohanian

13You have to work on the business first before it works for you. – Idowu Koyenikan

14You gotta run more than your mouth to escape the treadmill of mediocrity. A true hustler jogs during the day, and sleepwalks at night.” – Jarod Kintz

15You don’t learn to walk by following rules. You learn by doing and falling over. – Richard Branson

16When you’re following your inner voice, doors tend to eventually open for you, even if they mostly slam at first. – Kelly Cutrone

17When you work on something that only has the capacity to make you 5 dollars, it does not matter how much harder you work – the most you will make is 5 dollars. – Idowu Koyenikan

18When you find an idea that you just can’t stop thinking about, that’s probably a good one to pursue. – Josh James

19Whatever you do or dream you can do—begin it. Boldness has genius and power and magic in it. What is not started today is never finished tomorrow. – Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

20What 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. – Anonymous

21User experience is everything. It always has been, but it’s undervalued and underinvested in. If you don’t know user-centered design, study it. Hire people who know it. Obsess over it. Live and breathe it. Get your whole company on board. – Evan Williams

22Unless you are a fortune-teller, long-term business planning is a fantasy. – Jason Fried

23Trust your instincts. – Estée Lauder

24Transforming the complex to the simple is pure genius. – Doris P. Johnson

25Time is more valuable than money. You can get more money, but you cannot get more time. – Jim Rohn

26This is a new year. A new beginning. And things will change. – Taylor Swift

27Things work out best for those who make the best of how things work out. – John Wooden

28There will be constructive critics. And then there will be haters. – Alexis Ohanian

29There are two mistakes one can make along the road to truth…not going all the way, and not starting. – Buddha

30The secret of getting ahead is getting started. The secret to getting started is breaking your complex overwhelming tasks into small manageable tasks and then starting on the first one. – Mark Twain

31The secret to living the life of your dreams is to start living the life of your dreams today, in every little way you possibly can. – Mike Dooley

32The secret to successful hiring is this: look for the people who want to change the world. – Marc Benioff

Motivational Quotes On Starting A Business

33The Shoes Should fit! you can’t build a business that is not yours. – Hockson Floin

34The strategy is to first know what you don’t know, the tactic is to grind, and the value is to remember: there are plenty of places to innovate. – David Friedberg

35The way to get started is to quit talking and start doing. – Walt Disney

36The worst sin you can ever commit to yourself is to sit and wait for someone to give you money. – Mac Duke

37There are some things one can only achieve by a deliberate leap in the opposite direction. – Franz Kafka

38The product that wins is the one that bridges customers to the future, not the one that requires a giant leap. – Aaron Levie

39The problem is that many entrepreneurs start with good intentions to create a new mindset system but then slack off. The solution is to make that system part of your daily routine. – Lisa Mininni

40The last 10% it takes to launch something takes as much energy as the first 90%. – Rob Kalin

41The indispensable first step to getting the things you want out of life is this: Decide what you want. – Ben Stein

42The dream is free. The hustle is sold separately. – Unknown

43The 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

44The cheapest route to a new opportunity is conversation. – Mario L. Castellanos

45The best way to determine the Values you will enforce in your business is to clarify your personal values. – Doris P. Johnson

46If things are not failing, you are not innovating enough. – Elon Musk

47If I can accomplish anything in the next however-many years, it is this: To help a generation realize, or to think of themselves not just as consumers, but also creators. – Alexis Ohanian

48Position your value not your price. – Mac Duke

49Projections are just bullshit. They’re just guesses. – Jason Fried

50A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty. – Winston Churchill

51Remember to celebrate milestones as you prepare for the road ahead. – Nelson Mandela

52Remember, you will always fail in business if you don’t try to open your own business. – Stephen Ivy

53Start by doing what’s necessary; then do what’s possible, and suddenly you are doing the impossible. – Saint Francis

54Sustaining a successful business is a hell of a lot of work, and staying hungry is half the battle. – Wendy Tan White

55Take pride in the products you make, the service you provide and the company you build. Give more damns than anyone else. – Alexis Ohanian

56Take the first step in faith. You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step. – Martin Luther King Jr.

57The beginning is the most important part of the work. – Plato

58Pitch tip: Speak confidently about your product, but be able to admit when you need more information and get it to the people you’re pitching quickly after the meeting. – Alexis Ohanian

59One can get anything if he is willing to help enough others get what they want. – Zig Ziglar

60Once you believe that you can do something, there is not a single person in the universe who can convince you otherwise. – Germany Kent

61Once you believe that you are infallible, that success will automatically lead to more success, and that you have “got it made,” reality will be sure to give you a rude wake-up call. Believing your own bullshit is always a perilous activity, but never more fatal than for the owner of a start-up venture. – Felix Dennis

62No growth hack, brilliant marketing idea, or sales team can save you long-term if you don’t have a sufficiently good product. – Sam Altman

63My entire career has been built on the understanding that I am not only not the smartest person in the room, I am definitely not the smartest person in the world. And I am instead going to try to create as many opportunities to connect those great ideas and help them be great. – Alexis Ohanian

64Mistakes will not end your business. If you are nimble and willing to listen to constructive criticism you can excel by learning and evolving. – Meridith Valiando Rojas

65Micromanage the process, not the people. – Joe Apfelbaum

Interesting Quotes On Starting A Business

66Make your team feel respected, empowered and genuinely excited about the company’s mission. – Tim Westergren

67If you’re not a risk taker, you should get the hell out of business. – Ray Kroc

68If you’re passionate about something and you work hard, then I think you will be successful. – Pierre Omidyar

69If you’re going through hell, keep going. – Winston Churchill

70In between goals is a thing called life, that has to be lived and enjoyed. – Sid Caesar

71A small businesses ability to gain an edge for a profitable niche is not by just focusing on the dynamic market gap, but by identifying a market within the gap. – Wayne Chirisa

72Ideas are easy. Implementation is hard. – Guy Kawasaki

73It’s almost always harder to raise capital than you thought it would be, and it always takes longer. So plan for that. – Richard Harroch

74Let them ask who you are but do not let others dictate who you should be. – Hockson Floin

75Life is not always a matter of holding good cards, but sometimes playing a poor hand well. – Jack London

76Make something people want, includes making a company that people want to work for. – Sahil Lavingia

77If you’re an over thinker or try to anticipate every barrier-before beginning, ask yourself, “if I had to accomplish this project in three steps or less, what would they be? – Lisa Mininni

78If 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

79If you are not willing to risk the usual, you will have to settle for the ordinary. – Jim Rohn

80If you are not aiming to establish instant credibility and trust with your target clientèle, you are settling for cents on the dollar, and you are failing to run your business in a manner that will get you and your clients to the level of success you both deserve. – Stewart Andrew Alexander

81If everything seems under control, you’re just not going fast enough. – Mario Andretti

82Ideas are commodity. Execution of them is not. – Michael Dell

83I’ve missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life and that is why I succeed. – Michael Jordan

84I’m convinced that about half of what separates the successful entrepreneurs from the non-successful ones is pure perseverance. – Steve Jobs

85I will tell you the secret to getting rich on Wall Street. You try to be greedy when others are fearful. And you try to be fearful when others are greedy. – Warren Buffett

86I think not focusing on money makes you sane, because in the long run it can probably drive you crazy. – Kevin Systrom

87Every worthwhile accomplishment, big or little, has its stages of drudgery and triumph: a beginning, a struggle and a victory. – Mahatma Gandhi

88Give away your best information. Building this trust with prospects will result in bigger financial returns than bland content. – Stacey Kehoe

89Growing up, I had the words ‘LIVES REMAINING: 0’ written on the wall of my room. If life were a video game, that’s how it’d indicate this is the only chance left. – Alexis Ohanian

90The heaviness of being successful was replaced by the lightness of being a beginner again, less sure about everything. It freed me to enter one of the most creative periods of my life. – Steve Jobs

91High expectations are the key to everything. – Sam Walton

92Hustle until you no longer need to introduce yourself. – Anonymous

93I have always been delighted at the prospect of a new day, a fresh try, one more start, with perhaps a bit of magic waiting somewhere behind the morning. – J. B. Priestly

94I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work. – Thomas Edison

95I knew that if I failed I wouldn’t regret that, but I knew the one thing I might regret is not trying. – Jeff Bezos

96I skate to where the puck is going to be, not where it has been. – Wayne Gkretzy

97Even if you don’t have the perfect idea to begin with, you can likely adapt. – Victoria Ransom

98Entrepreneur, noun: someone who takes calculated risks to add value to wider society with the hope of making money and building wealth. – M. James Airey

More Inspirational Quotes On Starting A Business

99Don’t start a company unless it’s an obsession and something you love. If you have an exit strategy, it’s not an obsession. – Mark Cuban

100Don’t worry about failure; you only have to be right once. – Drew Houston

101Don’t think about your errors or failures; otherwise, you’ll never do a thing. – Bill Murray

102Don’t tell me where your priorities are. Show me where you spend your money and I’ll tell you what they are. – James W. Frick

103Don’t limit yourself. Many people limit themselves to what they think they can do. You can go as far as your mind lets you. What you believe, remember, you can achieve. – Mary Kay Ash

104Don’t be cocky. Don’t be flashy. There’s always someone better than you. – Tony Hsieh

105Don’t be afraid to assert yourself, have confidence in your abilities, and don’t let the bastards get you down. – Michael Bloomberg

106Do what you can, with what you have, where you are. – Theodore Roosevelt

107Do not wait until the conditions are perfect to begin. Beginning makes the conditions perfect. – Alan Cohen

108Do it, document it, delegate it. – Michael McCafferty

109CRM is rather boring in itself. It’s the fortune you can make using CRM that makes it so interesting. – Michael McCafferty

110Chase the vision, not the money; the money will end up following you. – Tony Hsieh

111Challenges are gifts that force us to search for a new center of gravity. Don’t fight them. Just find a new way to stand. – Oprah Winfrey

112Business is the best art. – Mac Duke

113Begin today. Declare out loud to the universe that you are willing to let go of struggle and eager to learn through joy. – Sarah Ban Breathnach

114Begin somewhere; you cannot build a reputation on what you intend to do. – Liz Smith

115Be undeniably good. No marketing effort or social media buzzword can be a substitute for that. – Anthony Volodkin

116Bad shit is coming. It always is in a startup. The odds of getting from launch to liquidity without some kind of disaster happening are one in a thousand. So don’t get demoralized. – Paul Graham

117As long as you’re going to be thinking anyway, think big. – Donald Trump

118As an entrepreneur, you have to be OK with failure. If you’re not failing, you’re likely not pushing yourself hard enough. – Alexa von Tobel

119And now let us welcome the new year, full of things that never were. – Rainer Maria Rilke

120Always treat your employees exactly as you want them to treat your best customers. – Stephen R. Covey

121Always consider who you’re learning from. Don’t listen to people who are not experiencing the success you want. – Ehab Atalla

122Although no one can go back and make a brand-new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand-new ending. – Carl Bard

123Act enthusiastic and you will be enthusiastic. – Dale Carnegie

124Good things happen to those who hustle. – Anais Nin

125Never, never, never give up. – Winston Churchill

126It’s hard to beat a person who never gives up. – Babe Ruth

127If all you can do is crawl, start crawling. – Rumi

128Failure is the opportunity to begin again more intelligently. – Henry Ford

129Any time is a good time to start a company. – Roy Conway

130Always deliver more than expected. – Larry Page

131Innovative ideas are the golden wealth of a growing business. – Wayne Chirisa

132The secret of getting ahead is getting started. The secret of getting started is breaking your complex overwhelming tasks into smaller manageable tasks, and then starting on the first one. – Mark Twain

133Waiting for perfect is never as smart as making progress. – Seth Godin

134Waking up every morning with a company is a lot of pressure. But when you’re aware of what other people are waking up with, it’s a whole lot easier. – Alexi Ohanian

135We must learn what customers really want, not what they say they want or what we think they should want. – Eric Ries

Final Words On Quotes On Starting A Business

Finally, starting a business will always be very challenging.

So, while you work to start your new business have these quotes on starting a business in mind.

These quotes on starting a business will serve as a reminder to never give up despite the challenges you might encounter.

So, read, re-read and meditate on these quotes on starting a business to stay motivated in your journey to start a new business.

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