Starting your own small business can be challenging. There are so many factors to consider, so many tasks to remember, so many options to weigh. And of course, most entrepreneurs end up making a mistake or two (or more) during those first years.
Thankfully, you can avoid many of the most common mistakes by learning from other people who have walked the path before you. Read on for some of the most common mistakes that entrepreneurs make, and how to avoid them.
1. Underestimating or Overestimating Budget
Whether you run out of money or borrow too much, this can be pretty problematic. If you don’t get enough from your loan, you’ll end up running out and have to re-apply or borrow from other sources. This complicates matters, and some banks may hesitate to lend to you again because you demonstrated lack of foresight. If you borrow too much, on the other hand you will likely end up paying more interest than you could have. The lesson to be learned is this: meticulously calculate how much money you will need for all your start-up expenses, and limit expenses to those things that are absolute necessities.
2. Expanding Too Fast
So your business is off to a great start, and you want to open up a second store to start expanding your name. That might not be the wisest choice, and here’s why: many businesses end up doing great in one particular town, but sometimes when a company tries to spread the brand to a different city, it ends up doing poorly. Sometimes, this can put the whole business in jeopardy. If you want to expand, first make sure that you have enough cash flow that your business won’t get hurt too badly if the expansion fails. Then carefully research the new city. Maybe the culture won’t mesh with your business, or maybe the city already has plenty of businesses quite similar to yours.
3. Focusing Only on Profit
Of course, profit is very important for all businesses. But it may take years to break even or show a profit during the first few years of operation. Instead, focus your efforts on fostering strong relationships in the community and with all current or potential customers. The profits will follow!
Yes, being an entrepreneur can be very stressful, but you will burn out if you don’t relax or don’t keep a positive attitude. Moreover, you don’t have to handle all the entrepreneurial tasks by yourself. If you’re feeling overwhelmed and something can be outsourced, like accounting, outsource it. You’ll be glad you did.
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