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10 Mistakes That Play Havoc With First-Time Entrepreneurs

Running a successful business can a very tough task even for the most experienced entrepreneurs out there, as one always has to consider all actions really carefully and also try to predict the results of all the possible choices as accurately as possible. There are many traps and pitfalls waiting first-time entrepreneurs – and, if you do not know about them in advance, you are almost guaranteed to fall into at least some of them. I hope that this short list will give you a few ideas about what you should be doing in order to avoid them.


Having No Business Plan

No matter what you believe in, top business entrepreneurs instinctively know that a business plan is essential before you actually get your operation up and running. Not only will it help you to get a clear idea about what your plans and goals are it will also help you find any possible flaws in them. Analyze the market and start with the right foot!

Running Out of Funds

Even top companies with great business plans and skilled workers can fail unbelievably quickly if funds dry up. Keeping a steady cash flow can be a difficult task, but you simply cannot afford to go for any loans just to keep the money flowing – that is a path that has never done (and that will never do) any wonders. Ideally, small business entrepreneurs should be able to have some cash reserves as well, so make sure you avoid cash flow problems with precision planning.

Having the Wrong Attitude

Passion for your venture is an entrepreneurial skill that top business entrepreneurs nurture. It is a skill every first-time entrepreneur should embrace otherwise, things just aren’t going to work out. Without passion, you are going to get distracted at some point – and that cannot be good for the company, can it? The lesson here is don’t start a venture just for the sake of it!

Having No Priorities

Another entrepreneurial skill that will ensure success is sticking to your priorities. You have made your business plan and you have identified your priorities – now stick to them! Don’t throw away what has taken you so much time and keep your focus at all times. Otherwise, you are just going to get into so much chaos that it is going to take a lot of effort to get back on track after you realize what has happened.

Over-Complicating Things

Staying on the right track requires plenty of focus and, most importantly, a clear mind. Everything should be as straightforward as possible, starting with the manufacturing process and ending with the actual delivery to your customers.

Finding the Wrong Employees

Finding the right employees can be quite tricky, but trusting the first candidate might easily turn out to be a bad idea. Don’t think that you are simply going train your workforce on the job. You will have to do that, of course, but you have to have something to work with in the first place.

No Customer Service

The business world is incredibly competitive these days, therefore first-time entrepreneurs need to understand that customers are an asset and it should be your highest priority to build an excellent rapport with them. The lack of a good customer service is a  huge mistake – without any care, your customers will just switch their allegiances and your revenues are going to fall down in no time. To sum things up – building a loyal customer base takes time and effort and is a worthy entrepreneurial skill to nurture.

Not Being Progressive

Top business entrepreneurs always stay abreast of new innovations.  It will keep you in front of the rest of the competition, so you should not be afraid of new technologies and options. Others will undoubtedly implement them into their businesses and there are no reason for not being on top of new developments.

Not Having Enough Control

Trust your employees, but do not let them control the company more than you do. You should know what is happening at all times and you should always be the one who makes the most important decisions. After all, it is your vision and your company – and you certainly wouldn’t want anyone to ruin your dreams, would you?

Not Learning from One’s Mistakes

Finally, make sure that you will sometimes have room for stopping and looking back. Analyze your decisions, identify your mistakes, and, most importantly, learn from them! Repeating the same mistakes would be the single biggest mistake of them all!

Author Bio:

Lewis Edward is a partner at The Office Providers. This real estate investor has many interests in other sectors. Lewis researches and contributes various written features for TheOfficeProviders in areas regarding real estate, how to search office space, serviced offices, general business and economy matters. Lewis is experienced in the inner workings of traditional and flexible workspace industries, with close links in real estate circles, as well other circles.

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  • Posted: 09/12/2012 21:30


    These are really good pillars for businesses that are starting out to build on. Start well. Build well.
    • Posted: 10/12/2012 14:01


      Yes, Ruby you are 100% correct. How goes the saying.... "If you fail to plan you plan to fail". Thanks for taking the time to comment!
  • Posted: 10/12/2012 10:48


    This is is indeed a great article Helena. I think the most critical point is the lack of a business plan. I will for sure take note of all these points.Sandy Moore of RovingAssistant.Com.
    • Posted: 10/12/2012 14:13


      I agrees with you Sandy! A good business plan forms the basis of any venture no matter how small or big! Thank you for contributing to the conversation!
  • Posted: 11/12/2012 05:48

    Scott Stembridge

    Thanks Helena, the wisdom from this article could actually be applied to any business not just that of an entreprenuer. That not only makes it more valuable advice but of greater relevance in today's business environment. Anyone of these elements can cause a business issues, altogether however, certain disaster in inevitable! A great read.
    • Posted: 11/12/2012 13:24


      That is certainly true Scott! Many entrepreneurs (and new online adventure seekers) start out with starry eyes but business success really requires planning, commitment and perseverance... Thanks for taking time to leave a comment I truly appreciate it!
  • Posted: 13/12/2012 11:47

    Robert Corrigan

    Hi Helena,a real great piece of advice here, the problems I found at the start was mostly information overload, so keen to learn everything that it is easy to get paralised by too much information and end up going around in circle.Also trying to do everything myself to save money is false economy.Cheers Robert
    • Posted: 14/12/2012 15:13


      Hi Robert, You are quite right... for online entrepreneurs information overload is a common obstacle. However, in the new global economy small business owners are also likely to feel this particular burden because not only need they to attend to their offline business they also need to master the online world!Outsourcing is definitely a great option....
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