The Biggest Mistakes That New Business Owners Make

Everyone makes mistakes: that’s one of the things that makes us human. That doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t avoid making mistakes as much as we can, but some will catch us by surprise. As a business owner, especially one that’s new to the game, mistakes can feel far more devastating than usual. You’re spending so much of your time on ensuring everything runs smoothly, that when a problem arises, it can feel extremely demoralising. But do not fear, many mistakes you’ll make have been made by countless businesspeople over the years. We’re going to list some of the most common and how best to handle them. 

Filling Every Role

It’s not a mistake to hire someone for every role—that’s really the best option if you can afford it. The mistake here would be when business owners try to handle every single role themselves. You may be saving a lot of money by working overtime to fill the positions of CEO, accountant, marketing director, and even the office cleaner, but eventually you’re going to risk slipping up and burning out. Your mental and physical health can be seriously negatively affected if you overwork yourself, so be reasonable and kind to yourself, and know when you need to ask for help. 

Legal Errors

If everyone was a well-versed in every aspect of the law, there would be no need for lawyers. That doesn’t mean you don’t need to be aware of potentially law-breaking decisions but finding good legal counsel shouldn’t be forgotten about. Ensuring your business is compliant with rules and regulations is important to avoid anyone taking legal action against you. Consider working with a company like Scott Robert that can offer you a compliance consultant to keep track of your decisions and ensure you’re following the law to the letter. As well as this, try to avoid covering up any mistakes you make, legal or not. Eventually, the truth will come out and it’s better if you’ve been honest and upfront. Being found out is far worse for you and your business’ credibility. 

Financial Mistakes

Taxes, pay checks, debts, budgets. It can all get quite overwhelming at times. It can be easy to get carried away with a dream of instant success and unrealistic goals. Just take a step back and think about everything first. Very few people become millionaires overnight. You need to make sure you set out clear and reasonable long-term goals for you and your team and stick to them. Especially as a new business, you need to get the foundations laid out first before you can start celebrating exponential growth. Take your time, work hard but enjoy the ride.

Being A Boss Instead Of A Leader

Having a team that loves and respects you is far more beneficial than having one that fears and despises you. Not only are you at risk of an increased turnover of staff, but you’re also going to reduce the overall productivity of your workforce. A good leader cherishes their staff and nurtures their talents to provide them with the means and desire to support the business. On top of that, make sure you’re flexible and reasonable when it comes to your workers. Offering a good work-life balance is becoming a natural part of western society and if you treat your team right, they’ll be much happier to work for you.

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Darie Nani

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