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Entrepreneurs: Don’t Make These Business Mistakes

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Although there’s a near limitless amount of helpful business guidance out there, you’re still going to make mistakes when building a business. Hopefully, it’s nothing that’s going to set you back big time.

This article will cover a few of the most common business mistakes made by entrepreneurs.

1. Jumping on Every New Fad and Idea

A new product is released to the market, traffic source discovered, or some hot, new trend takes over social; many small business owners get caught in the hype and buy into everything they hear. They chase everything.

Yes, it’s important to continually be evolving as a business owner…

…but it’s also advantageous to be conservative at times.

Why? Well, it’s so that you can focus on a few items that will grant greater success instead of spreading too thin.

2. Failing to Do Research

Every market and its consumers will have a specific demand or need to be met in order for businesses to successfully sell to them. A common blunder made by business owners is that they’ll try to force their products or services onto a market that doesn’t really need it; avoid this through proper research and testing.

3. Trying to Just “Fit In”

Many small business owners just want to “fit in” and “get into the system” to make their money.

Doing so may turn a profit but it isn’t always enough to sustain a business. 

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Only doing the bare minimum will put a business on an equal level with every other business. It sets it up for failure because its owner may not be truly invested in it. It’s just going for the ride.


Make it yours.

You don’t have to reinvent the wheel. But, you can make it unique to your brand.

Build that business that delivers great value. Build that business that people love. Build that business that is as much is you as you yourself… if that makes sense.

4. Being Stuck in the Planning Phase – Indefinitely

A blunder all too common to small business owners is the lack of getting out of the planning phase on their projects only to indefinitely be stuck without any action or results. 

Every new project is bogged down with the quest to be perfect; avoid this by being contemptuous of what’s already created and working out the rest after a new project has been launched.

5. Trying to Play Favorites With Everyone

Don’t be everything to everyone.

Stop being mediocre. Don’t build a business that’s instantly forgettable.

Small business owners often try to compete with the reach that big business has – big mistake! Trying to be a favorite with every person will result in the business never truly creating a unique experience, dealing with bad customers, and losing their best to competitors that are.


Define a vision for your business and stick with it. Dream big.

Let your vision guide what you do, who you engage with, and the goals you set to achieve. It’s all this little stuff that refines what you’re doing – and this is huge for differentiating from the rest.

6. Failing to Delegate and Build a Strong Team

In the early stages of business, it’s easy to want to do everything yourself. But, as your business grows, this becomes increasingly impossible. You need to delegate tasks and build a strong team in order to scale your business.

7. Not Staying Organized and Efficient

As a business owner, it’s important to stay organized and efficient. This means having systems in place for everything you do.

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It means creating checklists and using project management tools.

It means always being on the lookout for ways to improve your processes.

8. Not Prioritizing Your Time

Time is one of the most precious commodities a business owner has. You need to be very intentional about how you use your time. Prioritize your time by working on the most important tasks first and delegating or eliminating the rest.

9. Not Promoting Your Business Enough

Many business owners make the mistake of not promoting their business enough. They think that if they build it, customers will just come. But that’s not how it works. You need to be proactive about promoting your business if you want to succeed.

10. Not Being Consistent

Consistency is key in business. You need to be consistent with your branding, your marketing, your messaging, and your overall business strategy. This is the only way to build trust and credibility with your audience.

11. Not Measuring Your Results

In business, you need to measure your results. This means setting up systems for tracking your progress and metrics for gauging success. Without measuring your results, it’s impossible to know what’s working and what’s not.

Don’t ignore data.

  • Start using things like Google Analytics to learn about your blog
  • Start using tracking tools to see how you’re engaging people

If you can learn to love the data then you’ll definitely start making better decisions for your business.

12. Not Learning and Growing

As a business owner, it’s important to always be learning and growing. This means reading books, attending workshops and webinars, and networking with other business owners. 

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The more you learn, the more successful you will be.

13. Giving Up Too Easily

Many business owners give up too easily. They get discouraged when things don’t go their way and they give up on their dreams. But the truth is, success takes time, hard work, and dedication. If you want to succeed in business, you need to be prepared for the long haul.

14. Not Taking Risks

Many business owners are too afraid to take risks. They’re scared of failure and they don’t want to put their business at risk. But the truth is, you can’t achieve success without taking risks. You need to be willing to put your business on the line and take chances if you want to succeed.

It’s scary… we know.

You put a lot of time and money into a business idea. It’s your baby. You don’t want to see it fail. Yet, you have to be willing to try things that make you uncomfortable. If you don’t then someone else will and it’s almost always the outlier that gets noticed.

15. Not Asking for Help

Many business owners don’t ask for help when they need it. They try to do everything themselves and they don’t want to bother anyone. But the truth is, asking for help is a sign of strength, not weakness. 

When you ask for help, you’re admitting that you need assistance and you’re willing to do whatever it takes to succeed. So, tap into that professional network you’ve built all this time!

Don’t Let Business Mistakes Disrupt Your Goals

There are thousands of blunders small business owners can make over the lifetime of their business; the trick is to avoid them by taking a proactive approach to learning from others’ mistakes.

We’re all going to make business mistakes…

…let’s aim to not make the ones that end our businesses.

Sound good? Great!

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