There are several factors that one has to consider before starting a company. One often-overlooked critical detail is defining success. When you define success, you can occasionally measure your company to it. If you have no clue what success is, there will be no way to evaluate whether you’ve attained it. Given that, let’s look at some of the standard definitions of success concerning two types of companies: a lifestyle company and a build-up company.

A lifestyle company views success as achieving objectives linked to the initial goals. One success could be the opportunity to work in an industry that you are enthusiastic about being involved. Two is presenting you with the chance to go through life with freedom and flexibility as you run the business.

As for the build-up company, success could be in terms of increasing in size significantly as time goes by. Additionally, it should grow in value as it blossoms so that the owner can eventually leave the business in the future.

As simple as that may seem, there are still some elusive details. For example, the definition of size remains ambiguous. Is the company’s size related to the revenue that it generates, or is it based on the number of workers? And speaking of growth, what is the best rate of growth? In other cases, size of the company is determined by the number of consumers that use the company’s services or products.

Some also base the size of the company on its worth. With that said, one has to evaluate the company’s value is and how to measure it. Is it through net worth, market cap, balance sheet, or another form?

In the age of social economy, the impact on the community defines success. Will the company impact the community positively? What is the value that your employees provide to the neighborhood and the cities? Will that be essential in defining success?

In conclusion, there are often some aspects of success that get ignored. One, being part of your company should make your employees happy. Two, the consumers of your product or service should be pleased with it. Three, the community, as well as the investors, should be proud to be connected to you. This means that pretty much all you have to do is to start a business that will not only survive, but also grow into a corporation with which you will be proud.