How to Ensure Longevity for Your Business [INFOGRAPHIC]

Fifty percent of American small businesses close up shop within their first year. But in 2011, more establishments opened than closed. All of these factors and more create a competitive environment where longevity is the name of the game and a key to success. So what can you do to ensure your doors stay open? You’ll find the answers in the infographic below.

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About Tammy Lam

Tammy Lam is on Intuit's small business communications team. She lives in San Francisco and loves using mobile apps to explore the city's endless array of local restaurants and nightlife. Follow her on Twitter at @Tam_Lam and share your favorite spots!
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13 comments
Graham Sharman
Graham Sharman

INTWIT still suck. $ 900.00 for a program that's no different, except harder to see for muddy colors and faint lines. Spent about 8 hours so far sorting it out that's About $ 3,200.00 at my pay rate, so where's my check INTWITS ?

Kathleen Violet Hobby
Kathleen Violet Hobby

I just hit my 1 year mark... Everyone says the 1st is the hardest.. I hope they are right :)

John W. Dize
John W. Dize

We have been in business 4 years, we need help after Sandy and it seems there is none, we are patiently hoping that you guys choose us for a grant to help us! http://bit.ly/XX53kx Crisfield Computers

Jason Ebright
Jason Ebright

My funds were held because intuit stated they didnt like my business model. I was doing nothing illegal and informed intuit prior as to my intended usage which they had no problem with. It was only after months of transactions did they have an issue which they validated only by saying it was at their discretion. I was doing nothing illegal or immoral. Why they feel it necessary to hold my funds when they have all my information and for a significant period of time is just not right. When you call to discuss the only answer given is they did it because they can.

Jason Ebright
Jason Ebright

Difficult to stay in business when intuit wont release your needed funds for months on end.

Donna Wollam
Donna Wollam

Drat. I can make out only the headings, even on my desktop monitor.

Herby
Herby

Good one. I always enjoy a good small business graphic. 

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