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Do you think you have the next big business idea? Are you sure that with the right mixture of time, money, talent, and effort you could have the next Facebook, Lyft, or eBay on your hands?

Well, thoughts are one thing. Making those dreams a reality is something different altogether. To have the best shot at succeeding in business, you’ll want to follow this guide to getting ahead in the world of a startup business.

Know Thyself

Polonius may not have been able to follow his own advice, but that doesn’t mean his edict “to thine own self be true” is any less worth following. Knowing yourself is the first step to success in any field. You need to know your strengths and weaknesses and be honest with yourself about them. Only by admitting your flaws can you address them or get help from others to shore them up.

Ideas, Research, and Development

Every great business idea begins as just that – an idea. Once you have an idea, you’ll want to flesh it out. If it’s a vague notion, try to make it as specific a business idea as possible.

Once you’ve done that, it’s time to nurture this seedling of an idea. Do your research to make sure it’s viable. Start developing a business model. Know precisely what you want to achieve, by when, and how.

Get Funding

Now it’s time to start shopping your idea around. Without money, your idea is doomed to remain just that. Be sure to hone your sales pitch. Any investors must be able to see what makes you so confident about your idea to make them confident enough to invest in it.

Build Your Team

With money in hand, it’s time to start building your team. Focus on hiring people who offer skills you need, who work well with you your approach, and who share your vision and enthusiasm.

Set to Work

With all the pieces in place, it’s time to get to work. Take care to set attainable goals and work to achieve them. Forget big spurts – sustainable growth is the key to success.

With this quick rundown of Startup Business Theory, it’s up to you to put it into practice.