In your first year, you set everything up - it's the basis for the rest of the business. That's not to say you can't change things later, but if you've been working on your business plan or your filing system for a good week and used it for 4 months, the likelihood of you going back to fix it is not high! Which brings us to our first, and possibly most important tip in our list to business survival Keep Going! or, for all the Douglas Adams fans out there, "Don't Panic!" Things will be tough, you will make mistakes, and that's OKAY! Mistakes happen, we learn, we improve, and we move on. Pack up your towel (see: "Don't Panic!") and keep up the good work!