Start-up Mistakes That Every Entrepreneur Must Avoid

Not having enough emergency funds, no backup plan, too much focus on results, not having a clear vision and failing to pursue the strategy.

2nd Aug 2019
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Getting a start-up off the ground is a herculean task. From effective marketing strategy to sales, everything requires a critical investigation into recent trends to make sure that you streak ahead.

Tripping up every so often is natural, but some errors can cost you more than your imagination along the line. Numerous start-ups fail every year due to lack of effective strategy and not having a clear vision. Here are the most common mistakes you should avoid to have your start-up successful and propitious.


No backup plan

Entrepreneurs start a venture with an impressive plan that they call a full-proof plan. They become over-optimistic that they do not bother to have a backup plan in case it screws up. Many business owners overly focus that they start to believe that the plan will work out, no matter what happens.

You will have to understand ebb and flow of the dynamic waves of business. However much it is a good plan, it can eventually turn out to be a nightmare. Do not set your heart on one plan only. Try to use a proactive approach.

For instance, if you are unable to sell your product, you will outsource marketing instead of shutting down. With a backup plan, you could quickly take control of a situation.   


Not having funds for a rainy day

Since business owners do not emphasise a back plan, they do not bother having emergency funds. Profits cannot generate unless you reach a break-even-point, and it may take forever. You do not need to invest all of your money in your project even if you are certain that your plan will work out.  

Sales fluctuate. What if you need money to fund an unexpected expense? You may likely need funds for hiring staff, new marketing strategy and endless reasons. Having some money set aside for a rainy day is important as you may face difficulty getting a loan approved with a large amount.

Business loans are difficult to get approved because direct lenders require you to have experience of at least two years in the same industry. Further, they will look into your business credit and income statement. You are unlikely to have a profitable condition within such short period to borrow a large amount.

Having enough emergency funds make sure that you could quickly fund your needs and if you fall short of cash, you can take out loans with no guarantor. In fact, some lenders provide CCJ loans with no guarantor to borrowers with very bad credit.


Too much emphasis on results

Entrepreneurship is all about maintaining the flow of business. Having a situation under control is one thing and the being overly unrelenting is another. You will set a sales target, but now every month you could achieve that target even though it is realistic. It is not only your sales pitch and the product quality that drives the results, but external factors like competition and customer’s outlook also affect your sales.

Most of the entrepreneurs are impetuous with their decision as they want instant results. This mindset diverts them to short-term gains instead of long term and as a result, their strategy remains no longer productive. For a long-term success of your business, you will have to make a different strategy. You need a lot of patience to achieve long-term results. As an entrepreneur, you must work for results instead of thinking about results.

Never estimate your performance solely on basis of your profits. Take into account your overall performance as some of your efforts are likely to pay off in the long run. For a successful business, you need a good foundation as well as the ability to implement strategies. Do not overlook the elementary facts of running your business.


Failing to pursue a strategy

Many entrepreneurs begin with an effective strategy and they try to stick to it so long as they do not get a hitch. When they feel that their strategy does not work as they want, they start thinking looking for a different approach.

Sometimes your approach works a little bit off track because of external stimulations. It is important that you stick to your strategy even if it does not give immediate results. You must hold patience and see how it is working.

Changing your approach too soon will lead to confusion. You may end up with taking a wrong decision that could take a toll on your entire business. If you do so, it infers that you have not done your homework before jumping into it.


The bottom line

Starting a new venture is quite complicated. It is essential that you have done your research effectively before choosing a niche. You should focus on long-term results to make it successful. You should always have a backup plan and emergency funds. Make an effective strategy and be stuck to it.

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