Massive Business Mistakes That Will Lead Your Company To Disaster
By Business Desk
Thursday, June 30, 2016.
Successful business owners take risks, but they don’t make mistakes, and that’s an important distinction to make. Particularly, if you’re thinking about starting your own company this year. You see, it’s all about taking the right risks and making sure that you don’t fall into the typical pitfalls. It’s not quite as easy as most people believe. Although there is a widespread belief that anyone can be a business owner, it’s just not the case. You need to have the right mindset. Otherwise, you will fail. However, the first step is to ensure you know the mistakes you must avoid.
Poor Financial Handling
You might think that hiring a financial planner or accountant for your business is a waste of money. A lot of former business owners have made this mistake before you, and many will come after. A financial planner or accountant should be a key part of your company team. They will know where you can save money and where you do need to spend. There’s also the small issue of taxation, and we’ll come to that. However, not bothering to hire a financial expert isn’t the only area where many business owners fail.
Typically, inexperienced owners allow debt to build. It’s easy to fall into this mindset because you simply say that you’ll pay off the debt next month or next quarter. Next quarter, the profit margin will be brighter, you reassure yourself. Unfortunately, that’s not how the market works and often your position continues to weaken while the debt grows. That’s why you need to think of a way to handle that debt such as taking out a small business loan. Alternative financing can be the best solution here and will give you the money you need to pay off your debts, fast.
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No Online Presence
It should come as no surprise that the key to a successful business this year is a strong online profile. If you want customers to take an interest in your company, they have to be able to find it. The easiest way to allow that is to have a built up platform online. That way, they just need to search for a keyword, and they should find your company. Assuming, they are searching for something that you are selling.
The problem is that many business owners still see online marketing as a waste of time. Particularly, if they are catering exclusively to a local consumer base. They don't realize that there are specialized forms of marketing, designed for local consumers. If you do have a local demand, you should look into local SEO services. They’ll make sure the customer down the street finds you online.
Overpaying In Tax
This is one of the main reasons we do suggest that you hire a financial planner. They will be able to work out how much you owe in tax exactly. That way, you can make sure that you’re not paying too much or too little. You need to think about expenses as well. Many business owners don’t take enough advantage of their expenses. As long as you have the evidence to prove the purchases, you can claim a lot back in expenses. By doing this, you’ll be getting some of the money back that you put into your business. Business owners are often wary of doing this because they don’t want to make an overestimation and be made an example of. Again, this is why an accountant is your best friend when you start a company.
Building Up Too Fast
What happens when a structure is built up too quickly? Key details will be missed and overlooked such as a load bearing wall. If that happens, the whole building collapses. The same is true for businesses that are built up too quickly. You’ll miss important details during the initial setup, and this will leave your business model, unstable. Remember, when you start a company, you only get one shot. If it fails, you won’t be able to go back to the drawing board because you’ll already have invested everything into that idea. That’s why your business model needs to be flawless, and you should not rush it.
In fact, we recommend you keep your company as small as possible for the first couple of years. This will allow you to build up a customer base that you can count on. They will make sure your company survives, even when the market is rough and unpredictable.
If you avoid these mistakes your business could be one of this year’s success stories.