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By Brooke Chaplan

Business is constantly changing, especially with the advent of new technology. However, it is still possible to prove yourself. If you want to become a more valuable startup owner, or just need some tips on how to break into modern business, here are some tried and true methods on how you can prove yourself in the business landscape today.

Have The Right Credentials
While today’s business landscape might be changing, a lot of the old rules have stayed the same. Sure, it’s possible to get ahead in small business without a degree, but it’s extremely difficult and only a few without credentials will manage to make it to the top. If you want to excel in any industry, a masters of project management or business administration degree can help you to achieve your goals and get you noticed.

Start Networking as Soon As Possible
It really is all about who you know. However, just because you weren’t born into an influential family or didn’t go to school with some of the world’s biggest movers and shakers doesn’t mean you can’t build connections. Building connections is about consistently introducing yourself to people and getting your name out there. It can also be extremely helpful to do as many internships as possible when you’re still in school. Creating a good roster of connections is a long and gradual process.

Work Hard
Yes, it sounds obvious, but so many people trying to make a name for themselves fail to do this one important step. If you want your small business to succeed, it’s essential that you do your best job possible each day and every day. This means staying positive and sometimes working harder or longer than you might have planned. No matter how the business world changes, hard work will always be rewarded above all else.

Build Strong Bridges and Create a Good Reputation
Many small businesses go under fairly soon after they open, so it’s essential that you build strong bridges and create a positive reputation early on. You want to be the sort of business owner who clients admire and are eager to recommend their friends to.

When it comes down to it, the most important quality of any small business owner is a good reputation and great connections. If you focus on your goals and consistently do your best work possible, you can achieve these qualities for yourself. With dedication, anyone can rise to the top in the world of business.

Brooke Chaplan is a freelance writer and blogger. She lives and works out of her home in Los Lunas, New Mexico. She loves the outdoors and spends most her time hiking, biking and gardening. For more information contact Brooke via Twitter @BrookeChaplan.