Everyone makes mistakes, it’s part of life, some just make more than others…well, if you are a young person or a little older and have stumbled across this post, we are going to tell you a few of the most common mistakes made by entrepreneurs to help make sure that you don’t make the same mistakes.
1. Money hungry
Most young entrepreneurs run for money and wealth. Being driven by greed is a terrible mistake because it will make you desperate and miserable. Being money hungry can destroy you and you should not let generating a lot of income be the sole reason of running a business. Look on how you can motivate your employees, offer a wow experience to your customers, create new business partners and undertake wise investment decisions among other factors that drive the business. Be content with what your business generates and it will grow over time.
2. Lack of clear goals and vision
Any entrepreneur must have clear goals for their business. As a young entrepreneur, you should not venture into a new business without thinking about its implications. You must be sure of what you want to achieve and how you will achieve it. The success of any business depends on the goals that the investor sets. Have a clear understanding of what you want your business to achieve before you even launch. You should have both short term and long term goals of your business on paper.
Also, have your target market in mind, a comprehensive structure of your organization, and an executive summary of the duties and responsibilities of each member of staff. Make sure that you also inform your workers of these desired goals. They should direct their efforts towards the attainment of the overall organizational goals. Employees must have a clear understanding of what you intend to achieve and direct their efforts to make sure that you succeed.
3. Not ready to admit mistakes
Another common mistake that is evident among most young entrepreneurs is that they are not willing to admit their faults. You can never correct a mistake unless you begin by admitting it. You will start to fail once you believe that your ideologies and strategies are the best and no one can question them. It is unprofessional to run away from your mistakes.
The advantage of owning up mistakes is that you learn how to avoid them in the future. This will assist you in creating a healthy business that will be productive in the long term. A common mistake that most entrepreneurs make is not backing their data. Once you make such a mistake, you can be motivated to visit various companies and site builder among others to learn how you can enhance the security of your data.
4. Lack of patience
According to the CEO of Orbita, "All businesses take time to break even and this calls for a lot of patience. Most young entrepreneurs fail because of lack of patience. You will find them shifting from one business to another because they believe it is taking too long to earn them profits. Impatience is one of the deadliest diseases that attack and kill great businesses."
All young entrepreneurs must understand that businesses don’t grow overnight. It will take some time before your business can generate the income you expect. Some businesses may begin to shine after a few weeks or months while others need more than one year depending on the nature of the industry. You need to give your business sometime to stabilize.
5. Being afraid that someone else will steal your idea
Too many young entrepreneurs let fear guide their decisions when bringing a product or service to market. Never be afraid to test your product/service before you think it’s ready. The naysayers will tell you that it doesn’t work, and, those who love it and give you useful feedback will be far too busy to ever take your idea and put it into action anyway.
Creating a company is hard work, and very few people are just going to take an idea that isn't even proven to make money yet. If you need to find a developer, file a patent and incorporate, sell your product to clients, and do all the other things that a startup needs to do to get going, then your copiers will too. Ideas are everywhere, but there's no such thing as a million-dollar idea, just million-dollar execution. And you need to get your product in the marketplace in order to gain traction and execute.
Succeeding in a start-up is difficult in normal scenarios, but without the financial resources you will have to play smart, they are no guarantees in playing this safe so this isn’t going to be easy…
Firstly, when you say that you have ‘no money’ – be very very sure that you have gauged the situation accurately. Too often, people are reluctant to take any risks and self-validate it by thinking that they don’t have the money to do anything. This can only mean one thing…you probably don’t have confidence in your idea, and if this is the cast, then the chances are little that anyone else will put money where even you can’t.
Starting up is a risk on its own, you will have to embrace it, whether you like it or not.
Lots and lots of early own entrepreneurs have spent weeks, even months eating cheap food and living off friends/family’s sofa’s whilst working on their start up. You must learn to stretch the pound as much as possible...
DON’T LEAVE YOUR DAY JOB!!
Most of the aspiring entrepreneurs, once they have the idea in mind, can’t wait to hand in their notice in their current job position, and to start working on their idea full time, which leads extra day working In the current job a drag.
Don’t leave your job until either you start-up gains enough traction to generate sustainable revenue or it gains enough/ significant attention from people who could fund you. Yes, this could lead a slight delay in you achieving your ambition, but you are choosing a much smarter path (this will lead to a higher chance of success).
INVEST IN HOURS IF NOT MONEY
‘Time is money’, and in your case this is the truth, and nothing but. Any business requires money to become successful. Forget about hobbies, recreation and all other stuff for the time being, as you are having to put all you hard work and effort into your idea which can make having a social life and hobbies harder to maintain and keep up with.
Like I said earlier, the big wide world is a competition, and it is very high! People are working hard, and they’re working smart. Which helps them with this is that they have the resources and money power to speed up the entire process. To beat them you shall have to work more than they can/ want.
You will have to develop a thick skin, this is because the market is and will be brutal. Whatever you do, DO NOT get buried in credit card debt.
There is a smart way and a suicidal way to use credit when starting a business. New computers, office furniture, phones and supplies can quickly add up. Instead of purchasing everything at once and throwing it all on your credit card, use your company’s revenue to finance your expenses. By eliminating the stress and burden of debt, it will greatly increase the chances of creating a successful business.
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