If you’re considering purchasing a business or already own one, you’ll know there are many factors that contribute towards success. Sales, digital presence, brand reputation, customer service, a strong business model and investors are common features that many companies share. However, in order to pursue these or other business strategies, a successful enterprise will lay the foundations that enable them to achieve their goals.

So whether you’re thinking of buying a café that’s for sale, have been running an auto repair shop for 20 years or are somewhere in between, see below for our list of must haves that will underpin success in business, no matter what industry you operate in.

Processes, processes, processes

Knowing how to do something efficiently and consistently will save time and enable your business to thrive. However, the best run workplaces will not solely rely on the experience or institutional memory of its workers in order to get the job done. This is where standard operating procedures, process manuals, workplace policies or instructional guides come in.

Depending on how casual your workplace is, it could be as simple as a series of steps that you and your staff all know to follow when completing a specific task. If you are a part of larger workplace or one that is has a more corporate mindset set, businesses will generally write these up as a part of their corporate services and governing structure.

Whatever form they take, having processes in place will not only explain how to achieve work tasks but provides the data that allows for continuous improvement to occur in the future when you’re reviewing how the business is operating.

Critical evaluation

On the topic of review, successful businesses also have people that are able to assess both internal and external issues and situations that impact upon your business. Some call this business acumen, but a critical mindset is broader than this as it will evaluate things beyond the normal scope of business in order to identify which situations will yield strong leads and prospects and which to be sceptical of.

Therefore, a successful business will then have ability to accurately assess situations to maximise market opportunities and know how and when to take risks. A big part of a critical eye is also knowing the strengths and limitations of your team, competitors and your industry more generally.

Great staff

All of the above is almost redundant if it’s not enacted by yourself and staff. Even if you’re are a staff of one, your motivation and commitment will determine how far your company will be able to go. So investing in the best people for the job will pay off in the long term, especially if you can tap into their innovation and skills to develop the workplace that you provide them. Remember, whatever your business, it will require all sorts of relationships in order to operate and to thrive, so invest in people in order to get it running in the best way possible.