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11 common mistakes to avoid in start-up
September 18, 2018
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If you’re like many new entrepreneurs, you’re fired up about your business idea and eager to launch your company into the world.

But it’s worth stepping back and making sure you avoid some common mistakes that plague many new businesses. Making the right moves in the beginning can help you avoid major headaches later on.

1. Neglecting to make a business plan

Many rookie entrepreneurs fail to prepare a business plan. Such a document doesn’t need to be especially long or detailed. But taking the time to chart a business plan will help keep your efforts consistent, serve as a rallying point for your team and give milestones to measure your progress.

2. Inadequate financial preparation and resources
It’s common for entrepreneurs to neglect financial planning and low ball how much capital they’ll need to get their business up and running. The result is often inadequate financing to achieve your goals and/or a cash squeeze just as the business is hitting its stride. Finance is the blood in the wain of business. no business can run without finance. You need excellent control over it.

To avoid such problems, be sure to prepare financial projections for your new business, especially for the first 12 months. This can also help you secure financing and investments.

3. Failing to monitor progress and adjust
your business plan and financial projections gather dust. Make them living documents by continuously monitoring your progress and updating your plan and projections.

4. Buying assets with your cash flow

A frequent mistake that can cause a cash shortage is using your operating cash to pay for long-term assets. Instead, when determining how you’ll pay for major purchases such as equipment, machinery or major IT outlays, consider using a business loan that has a term matching the asset’s lifespan. (For example, a seven-year loan for a vehicle you expect to use seven years).

5. Avoiding outside help

Many new entrepreneurs are reluctant to admit they need help. Don’t be shy about seeking a mentor, hiring an outside consultant or creating an advisory board to give you support and ideas.

6. Setting the wrong price
Don’t make the mistake of setting your prices based solely on what the competition charges. It’s important to research your costs in detail for each of your products when deciding what to charge. Also, monitor actual costs as you go to make any needed adjustments.

7. Ignoring technology
Canadian businesses lag their U.S. counterparts in technology investments and that affects our productivity. Be sure to consider how technology could pay off for your business with improved growth, efficiency and profitability.

8. Neglecting online marketing
Be sure to consider ways to harness the marketing potential of the Internet. For example, ads on social media platforms can be a cost-effective and easy way to target specific market segments.

9. Failing to learn
As you start your business, learn from your initial missteps and use them to guide your eventual success. Remember that many winning entrepreneurs failed in their first attempts but came back to thrive after studying what went wrong and improving

10. Commercial ideas :

Turning vision in to profit is the most useful thing. Most of the time , an idea, is really wonderful but who will turn in to commercial aspects. Finally, creating profit out of it is the true objective of an enterprise.

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Team :

Creating team of solid people around you is the essential quality of start – up and leadership also. You have to make great team around you. Specially, talent around you is full of different skill set and flying around to high goals.

About author

Dr Shailesh Thaker

Dr. Shailesh Thaker is a world-renowned management thinker and trainer on organizational behavior and development. He is the CLO of Knowledge Plus Inc., a highly reputed training firm based in Ahmedabad, India, helping organizations to achieve international benchmarks in management practices.

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