It's a good time to be a small business. Now more than ever, it's possible for an individual to take on a massive managerial responsibility through the leverage of mobile technology and telecommuting. With these revolutionary innovations, a small business can consist of a handful of employees and still do business all over the world. Depending on the product, a business owner might not even need an office in the traditional sense.

But it isn't just technology and a changing global workplace that can impact the success of a small business. It still takes hard work, a willingness to learn and the ability to change. Small business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs should take a few pieces of advice to heart in order to put them in a position to thrive.

"[Running a business] takes hard work, a willingness to learn and the ability to change."

Take the big-picture approach
Many people are finely tuned to the details of running a team, meeting deadlines or managing finances. These are undoubtedly valuable skills that will go a long way in helping a company to run smoothly and efficiently. But without a bigger plan, they will go to waste.

A commonly-heard phrase in the small business world is: "Work on your business and not just in it," according to Asbury Park Press. In other words, take a step back, look at the long-term goals and make a yearly plan. Think of it as a New Year's Resolution for the business – what should the company be focused on achieving in the year? What directions should it take? What is the strategy – where is the next level?

Perspective will also allow a business owner to navigate through unforeseen challenges. The bigger the obstacle, the higher the bird's eye view. Almost every organization ground to a halt in the aftermath of 9/11, but the ones that determined a multi-year approach to get back on track are the ones that thrive today.

Sometimes it helps to look at the bigger picture in small business.Sometimes it helps to look at the bigger picture in small business.

Think of the future
Part of this approach takes the form of a well-considered succession plan, reported CNBC. Many small companies are the product of an individual or small group of individuals who took initiative and created a business. But those people won't be there forever, and the continue