Jan
2
2008

Common Mistakes of Small Entrepreneur

1) Doing it all alone. Small businesses are prone to this pitfall. Entrepreneurs tend to wear so many hats that they end up unfocused on the essentials — develop and market the business, provide leadership, and set directions. No the general manager has no business troubleshooting the employee rundown PCs. In this regard, outside or external help is needed.

2) No thorough market research. You may have the best product but will the market take notice? Small business owners think that a scan of a favorite business paper or magazine or a chat with senior colleague would be enough to know about the market. But there is more that meets the eye. The imperatives in this regard are: know your market, know your industry, know your competition, and of course, know your target audience.

3) No openness to change. Entrepreneurs express passion in everything they do. Sometimes they become too passionate to a point that they lose the flexibility or the openness to change. This comes most glaringly when an original business plan does not work. No review is made to alter or reposition their business. Entrepreneurs almost always stick to what they always believe in from the start. They keep the faith that their original strategy would work despite indications it really won’t or ever will.

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