Launching a new start-up company is going to come with its fair share of mistakes even as you reach new goals and achieve success. Fortunately, many of the challenges you’ll face have been tackled by other entrepreneurs, and the lessons they learned can help you avoid those same pitfalls. This guide lists a few of the biggest mistakes you’re likely to make, so you’ll be able to prepare for avoiding them.
Everyone experiences some level of fear in trying new things, but you shouldn’t let that keep you from taking chances. You’ll never reach that next level if your fear of failure prevents you from taking action. Instead, take the risk and, if you fail, try to learn from your mistakes.
Don’t Feed Chaos
As the head of your new start-up business, you’ll be faced with problems and challenges in every aspect of your business. If you’re not organized, being confronted with multiple tasks at one time can overwhelm you. Make lists, keep order in your physical workspace, and work towards tackling the biggest problems first.
Know Your Market
Sure, you’ve done market research, but do you really know it well? You’ll have more success if you take the time to really understand what the research is telling you. Putting in the extra effort to gain a deeper understanding can help you to avoid overestimating the need for your product, or it can keep you from targeting the wrong demographic with your marketing campaigns.
Develop Good Leadership Skills
Your start-up will run more smoothly if you trust your employees to do their jobs. Micromanaging can create a toxic work environment and prevent your employees from doing their best. Instead, take the time to hire the most qualified individuals in their career fields and allow them the freedom to help your business thrive.
As a new small business owner, you may be inclined to trust in a firm handshake. While that may seem like the best way to form good relationships, it can leave you in a bad situation if something goes wrong. The most important practice you can employ is to make use of written contracts for every situation. This one habit can keep you from making the biggest mistakes you can make as a new business owner.
About The Author
Yuri Vanetik is an Entrepreneur, Private Investor, Coalition Builder, and Philanthropist in Orange County, California. He is the Managing Partner of Vanetik International, LLC, a management consulting firm which offers advisory services and strategic planning to businesses and industries. He is also the Managing Partner of Dominion Asset Management, a technology-driven opportunity real estate fund that invests in undervalued real estate throughout the United States. Yuri Vanetik brings over 20 years of professional experience in a variety of roles, and has been featured in notable publications, including the Wall Street Journal, California Business Journal, Forbes, and Bloomberg Law.