Growing a small business requires a lot of hard work, patience, and time. But it is so rewarding, don’t you agree? If you’re looking for a little motivation, you’re in the right place! I’m sharing 121 small business quotes to help you stay on track or even take that first step.

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Get inspired with our small business quotes!
  1. “Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful.” – Albert Schweitzer
  2. “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
  3. “The only place where success comes before work is in the dictionary.” – Vidal Sassoon
  4. “It’s not about ideas. It’s about making ideas happen.” – Scott Belsky
  5. “The secret of getting ahead is getting started.” – Mark Twain
  6. “The best way to predict the future is to create it.” – Peter Drucker
  7. “Success usually comes to those who are too busy to be looking for it.” – Henry David Thoreau
  8. “Don’t worry about failure; you only have to be right once.” – Drew Houston
  9. “The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.” – Walt Disney
  10. “Your most unhappy customers are your greatest source of learning.” – Bill Gates
  11. “If you are not willing to risk the usual, you will have to settle for the ordinary.” – Jim Rohn
  12. “The biggest risk is not taking any risk. In a world that’s changing really quickly, the only strategy that is guaranteed to fail is not taking risks.” – Mark Zuckerberg
  13. “Chase the vision, not the money; the money will end up following you.” – Tony Hsieh
  14. “Whatever you do, be different – that was the advice my mother gave me, and I can’t think of better advice for an entrepreneur.” – Anita Roddick
  15. “Opportunities don’t happen. You create them.” – Chris Grosser
  16. “The only limit to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today.” – Franklin D. Roosevelt
  17. “Don’t be afraid to give up the good to go for the great.” – John D. Rockefeller
  18. “If you’re passionate about something and you work hard, then I think you will be successful.” – Pierre Omidyar
  19. “You don’t have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great.” – Zig Ziglar
  20. “Success is walking from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm.” – Winston Churchill
  21. “The only way to do great work is to love what you do.” – Steve Jobs
  22. “If you want to achieve greatness stop asking for permission.” – Anonymous
  23. “The road to success and the road to failure are almost exactly the same.” – Colin R. Davis
  24. “Success is not in what you have, but who you are.” – Bo Bennett
  25. “Don’t be afraid to give up the good to go for the great.” – John D. Rockefeller
  26. “Success is not final, failure is not fatal: It is the courage to continue that counts.” – Winston Churchill
  27. “I never dreamed about success, I worked for it.” – Estee Lauder
  28. “Success is not the destination, but the road that you’re on. Being successful means that you’re working hard and walking your walk every day. You can only live your dream by working hard towards it.” – Will Smith
  29. “Success is liking yourself, liking what you do, and liking how you do it.” – Maya Angelou
  30. “Success is not how high you have climbed, but how you make a positive difference to the world.” – Roy T. Bennett
  31. “Don’t worry about failure; you only have to be right once.” – Drew Houston
  32. “The entrepreneur always searches for change, responds to it, and exploits it as an opportunity.” – Peter Drucker
  33. “Leadership is the capacity to translate vision into reality.” – Warren Bennis
  34. “I’m convinced that about half of what separates the successful entrepreneurs from the non-successful ones is pure perseverance.” – Steve Jobs
  35. “There is only one boss. The customer. And he can fire everybody in the company from the chairman on down, simply by spending his money somewhere else.” – Sam Walton
  36. “Don’t be distracted by criticism. Remember, the only taste of success some people get is to take a bite out of you.” – Zig Ziglar
  37. “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
  38. “The successful warrior is the average man, with laser-like focus.” – Bruce Lee
  39. “I find that the harder I work, the more luck I seem to have.” – Thomas Jefferson
  40. “The only way around is through.” – Robert Frost
  41. “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
  42. “If you don’t build your dream, someone else will hire you to help them build theirs.” – Dhirubhai Ambani
  43. “There’s nothing wrong with staying small. You can do big things with a small team.” — Jason Fried
  44. “And what most people don’t understand is that the bulk of business in this country is small business.” – Alphonso Jackson
  45. “You don’t need to have a 100–person company to develop that idea.” – Larry Page
  46. “Talent is cheaper than table salt. What separates the talented individual from the successful one is a lot of hard work.” — Stephen King
  47. “You don’t build a business, you build people, then people build the business.” – Zig Ziglar
  48. “Chase the vision, not the money, the money will end up following you.” – Tony Hsieh
  49. “Some people dream of success while other people get up every morning and make it happen.” — Wayne Huizenga
  50. “The most successful entrepreneurs I know are optimistic. It’s part of the job description.” – Caterina Fake
  51. “A person who is quietly confident makes the best leader.” – Fred Wilson
  52. “Don’t count the days: Make the days count.” — Muhammad Ali
  53. “Success is the sum of small efforts – repeated day in and day out.” – Robert Collier
  54. “The most successful entrepreneurs I know are optimistic. It’s part of the job description.” — Caterina Fake
  55. “One way to keep momentum going is to have constantly greater goals.” — Michael Korda
  56. “When you support a small business, you support a dream.” – Anonymous
  57. “You can’t be successful in business without taking risks. It’s really that simple.” — Adena Friedman
  58. “A big business starts small.” — Richard Branson
  59. “Timing, perseverance, and ten years of trying will eventually make you look like an overnight success.” – Biz Stone
  60. “Fearlessness is not the absence of fear: It’s the mastery of fear. It’s about getting up one more time when we fall down.” — Arianna Huffington
  61. “It’s not about ideas. It’s about making ideas happen.” — Scott Belsky
  62. “Stop chasing the money and start chasing the passion.” – Tony Hsieh
  63. “The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.” — Lao Tzu
  64. “Opportunities don’t happen. You create them.” — Chris Grosser
  65. “The price of inaction is far greater than the cost of a mistake.” – Meg Whitman
  66. “Always give your best effort, even when the odds are against you.” — Arnold Palmer
  67. “If you don’t drive your business, you will be driven out of business.” — B.C. Forbes
  68. “An entrepreneur is someone who has a vision for something and a want to create.” – David Karp
  69. “An obstacle is often a stepping stone.” — William Prescott
  70. “To be successful, you must act big, think big, and talk big.” — Aristotle Onassis
  71. “Find a great mentor, someone who has already been through the many challenges of being an entrepreneur.” – Jodi Levine
  72. “Don’t worry about failure: You only have to be right once.” — Drew Houston
  73. “You don’t build a business, you build the people, then people build the business.” — Zig Ziglar
  74. “If you really look closely, most overnight successes took a long time.” – Steve Jobs
  75. “You are the master of your destiny. You can influence, direct, and control your own environment. You can make your life what you want it to be.” — Napoleon Hill
  76. “You don’t need to have a 100-person company to develop that idea.” — Larry Page
  77. “A big business starts small.” – Richard Branson
  78. “There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve: the fear of failure.” —Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist
  79. “Chase the vision, not the money, the money will end up following you.” — Tony Hsieh
  80. “Making something people want includes making a company that people want to work for.” – Sahil Lavingia
  81. “The secret of business is to know something that nobody else knows.” — Aristotle Onassis
  82. “The secret to successful hiring is this: look for the people who want to change the world.” — Marc Benioff
  83. “We need to keep our small businesses healthy in order to keep our economy strong.” – Keith Haynes
  84. “Don’t be intimidated by what you don’t know. That can be your greatest strength and ensure that you do things differently from everyone else.” — Sara Blakely
  85. “Continuous learning is the minimum requirement for success in any field.” — Denis Waitley
  86. “As any small business owner knows, starting a business is not glamorous work.” – Kevin McCarthy
  87. “You can’t do it all. You have to give what you’ve got for the day, and leave the rest for tomorrow.” — Beatrice Dixon
  88. “My best advice to entrepreneurs is this: forget about making mistakes, just do it.” — Ajaero Tony Martins
  89. “A small business is an amazing way to serve and leave an impact on the world you live in.” – Nicole Snow
  90. “Whenever you see a successful business, someone once made a courageous decision.” — Peter F. Drucker
  91. “The biggest mistake a small business can make is to think like a small business.” — Aruna Bhayana
  92. “Failure is not to be feared. It is from failure that most growth comes.” – Dee Hock
  93. “Where do you put the fear when you choose to innovate? The fear is there, but you have to find a place to put it.” — Seth Godin
  94. “The difference between who you are and who you want to be is what you do.” — Bill Phillips
  95. “It’s not the government that creates jobs; it’s small businesses.” – Karen Mills
  96. “There is no finish line. There are only mile markers.” – Michael Ventura
  97. “You have to work on the business first before it works for you.” — Idowu Koyenikan
  98. “Never give up. Today is hard and tomorrow will be worse, but the day after tomorrow will be sunshine.” — Jack Ma
  99. “Someone is sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago.” – Warren Buffett
  100. “You never achieve real success unless you like what you are doing.” — Dale Carnegie
  101. “Giving a gift from a small business is giving a gift twice.” – Anonymous
  102. “A small business is an amazing way to serve and leave an impact on the world you live in.” — Nicole Snow
  103. “Spend time upfront to invest in systems and processes to make long-term growth sustainable.” – Jeff Platt
  104. “Running that first shop taught me business is not financial science; it’s about trading. Buying and selling.” — Anita Roddick
  105. “Support your friend’s business and progression like you support the celebrities that you actually don’t know.” – Anonymous
  106. “Don’t worry about being successful, but work toward being significant and the success will naturally follow.” — Oprah Winfrey
  107. “To be successful, you have to have your heart in your business, and your business in your heart.” – Thomas Watson Sr.
  108. “Business is not just doing deals; business is having great products, doing great engineering and providing tremendous service to customers. Finally, business is a cobweb of human relationship.” — Henry Ross Perot
  109. “You need to spend all of your time and energy on creating something that actually brings value to the people you’re asking for money!” – Gary Vaynerchuk
  110. “Keep on going, and the chances are that you will stumble on something, perhaps when you are least expecting it. I never heard of anyone ever stumbling on something sitting down.” — Charles F. Kettering
  111. “Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.” – Confucius
  112. “The elevator to success is out of order. You’ll have to use the stairs… one step at a time.” — Joe Girard
  113. “Study successful people and businesses, then do what they did to become successful while making slight modifications to fit your lifestyle, your values, your business model & your goals.” – Clay Clark
  114. “All you need in this life is ignorance and confidence, and then success is sure.” – Mark Twain
  115. “Luck is what you have leftover after you give 100%.” – Langston Coleman
  116. “You build on failure. Use it as a stepping stone and close the door on the past. Don’t try to forget the mistakes, but don’t dwell on it.” – Johnny Cash
  117. “Risk is essential. There is no growth of inspiration in staying within what is safe and comfortable. Once you find out what you do best, why not try something else?” – Alex Noble
  118. “Plan for what is difficult while it is easy. Do what is great while it is small.” — Sun Tzu
  119. “Run a home like you would a small business and treat it with the same seriousness.” – Anthea Turner
  120. “Behind every small business, there’s a story worth knowing. All the corner shops in our towns and cities, the restaurants, cleaners, gyms, hair salons, hardware stores – these didn’t come out of nowhere.” – Paul Ryan
  121. “The Golden Rule for Every Business is this: Put Yourself in your Customer’s Place.” — Orison Swett Marden, American Inspirational Author

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