Being a small business owner can be a highly rewarding career choice — but it is also a difficult one. Small business owners typically have to work extremely hard, on tight margins, often (to start) for little pay. They may be called upon to deal with all sorts of unexpected problems, ranging from a leak in the office to a problem with the books. To be a successful small business owner consequently requires resilience, creativity, and strategic thinking.

With that in mind, here are three tips to help small business owners have the most success possible.

  1. Hire a Great Team

While there is no substitute for being an effective leader at a small business, the team you are surrounded by ultimately makes all the difference as well. A great team can help to save your business when it struggles, and build on existing success — while a less prepared team can consign your business to failure.

Look for creative, driven, hardworking individuals who can both carry out directives and act on their own initiative. Looking for people with the right experience is always great, but if you can find someone who is a creative problem solver, that can often be sufficient.

  1. Stay Organized

There’s just no substitute for good organization at a small business. This is particularly true in the early phase of starting a new business, as good organization will both keep you on track and instill effective habits over the long haul.

Work to stay diligently organized, managing your time and space in a way that you always know what’s on your plate. Balance your budget, organize your office, and keep things tidy, and you will better help to set yourself up for long-term success.

  1. Take Breaks

It may sound counterintuitive, but time off is essential for small business owners. With so much riding on you, you may feel pressured to always be at the workplace — or you may simply forget that you need a break. But breaks are essential. They help you to recharge, refocus, and come back to work more prepared and clear-headed than before. In short, ensure you take sufficient time for yourself, and your business will do better as a result.

There are many factors that go into determining whether a small business will be successful. But the tips above will only help you on your quest to build a successful company.