12/04/2013 09:11 am ET | Updated Dec 11, 2013

16 Signs Your Small Business Is Growing

When you first start your own business, everything is a milestone: First customer. First dollar. First year.

But after some time, things level out. You're still growing, but you've been around the block a few times, and your milestones start to look different.

Ideally, growth never stops. But without as many easily identifiable "firsts" to mark your progress, how do you know when you've transitioned from a "small business" to a "growing business"? We compiled this list of little moments that signal that you're making you way to the top.

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