Entrepreneurship is not all sunshine and daisies. That's not to say it isn't well worth it, though. To step out and create your own business requires sacrifice, dedication, investment, support, and accountability. These are lessons Tara Pate, founder of Daysie, a line of certified organic, not-so-simple syrups for coffee and occasions, knows all too well. Tara's experience makes her well-qualified to give advice on the how-to's of entrepreneurship, so buckle up and take note!

1. Give Yourself Time and Space

Time is your ally. As a successful entrepreneur, Tara stresses the importance of taking the time and space that you and your "big idea" need to grow and flourish. Every idea worth anything started off as a seedling and, only with the proper nourishment (read: time alone, thought, consideration, etc.), was able to come to life. For Tara, that "nourishment" was long walks on the bea— er, with her dog. Choose which activity works before for you, and allow yourself the space to grow that brilliant idea.

Not sure where to begin? This checklist will walk you through how to become more efficient and productive with your time. Or, if you need encouragement and accountability, it may be worth investing in a life coach.

2. Get a Support System

Support is huge when it comes to entrepreneurship. It can feel lonely when you have this idea, and you're working so hard behind closed doors and at all hours of the day (and night...) to make it a reality. Whether it's a mentor, community of people, or accountability partner, support is key. Lean on your support system — someone or a group of people who either are or have been in the same boat — and share your thoughts, doubts, fears, ideas, triumphs, joys, frustrations, and wins. Everything! You'll be better for it.

3. Account for the Essentials ... and Be Ready for the Curveballs

You can plan and plan till there are no more details to consider, but there's something to be said about moving forward and doing the thing — while being flexible and resilient when something goes awry. Cover your bases, of course, but know that the process won't look like a perfectly straight line. This is where open and honest communication with involved parties comes in. Know your limits and keep an open line of communication about those limits and other benchmarks and goals with your partner(s) or other support system.

4. It Doesn't Hurt to Ask

One way to never know the answer to your question? Never ask it. Though it may seem scary to ask someone for help with something as important to you as your burgeoning business, you're guaranteed not to get what you want or need if you don't at least ask for it. The worst anyone can say is "no." And then, guess what? You can simply ask someone else you trust.

Along with the trials come triumphs. As you navigate the "downs" and celebrate the "ups," stay true to your initial idea and steadfast in your determination to bring it to life. Whether you prefer sneakers or stilettos, lace 'em up or slip 'em on and go kick ass!