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Don’t Make These 3 Mistakes When Running Your Business

When it comes to running your own business, there are certain essentials you don’t want to ignore. It’s a good idea to have a well thought out business plan to give you a solid framework from which to work. In advance, define you Minimum Viable Product or MVP. This type of plan allows you to step back and see what you need to do before launching, as well as serving as a blueprint to check and evaluate your future progress to see if you’re achieving your goals.

Having a solid structure can help avoid some common mistakes people make when it comes to starting and running a business.

  1. Failing to Set Goals – It is likely that your number one goal when starting a business is that it is successful and makes money. While success and profitability are obvious and necessary for a longstanding company, you can’t get to either without some shorter-term thinking. Set small goals along the way to keep you working toward your big goal. Failing to set smaller, more attainable steppingstone goals may make it more challenging to stay on track for the long haul.
  2. Lack of Marketing – Every successful business started just like yours. Knowing who to target is a matter of research. Think about who is attracted to the product or service you offer. Once you get a clear picture of your target audience, do what you can to advertise your product offering. Don’t think that advertising has to cost a great deal of money either. Social media is free and getting your friends or family to share a business page is an excellent way to get yourself out there. Create a business website and share it with local community and business pages where your greatest demographic may frequent. Use the power of online marketing to get your business the best chance to succeed.
  3. Mishandling Money – When crafting your business plan, it is a good idea to include a preliminary operating budget. Mishandling money, spending too much, or investing too little are some of the top mistakes new business owners make. Knowing where to put your money to make it work the hardest for you is a matter of research, and…. if you aren’t necessarily finance savvy, hiring a financial advisor with experience in business start-ups is a worthy investment.

Exciting things start happening when you start and own your own business. The key to getting yourself off on the right foot is to build a realistic and detailed business plan, follow it, then review and re-evaluate on a regular basis, deciding and acting on “course corrections” as you go.

Stay away from these common mistakes and invest the time, energy, and money into making your business a successful one.

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