There are, of course, a myriad of reasons why a business might fail. According to research, though, there are a few that are more common than others.
If you build it, they will not come. The presence of a marketing strategy is one of the telltale signs of whether or not a business will make it. Marketing spans everything from finding customers to upselling them on new products and services later.
Poor customer service.
With new businesses popping up literally overnight, price and product aren’t enough to differentiate you from the competition. How you treat your customers is. Invest in training your customer service team (or yourself if you’re the only employee) on the best practices to delight your customers.
No plan for scaling.
People start businesses for many different reasons. Some want to make ends meet with a side gig, others want to replace their full-time job and be their own boss. Whatever your reason is, decide upfront whether you want your business to scale beyond just you as an employee. Sometimes, marketing is unpredictable. Businesses go viral for doing great work and aren’t prepared for the influx.
A great service or product will get you nowhere if there’s zero need for it. Due diligence and market research are essential in the early stages of starting a business. Determine who would buy the product, how often, and why. This helps you not only find your niche but adequately plan inventory and forecast sales, too.
Launching and building a business is expensive. You need capital, investments, loans, and/or revenue to get you through the lean times. A detailed budget can help you keep track of revenue and expenses.
The wrong people.
The most successful business owners and entrepreneurs know to surround themselves with people smarter than them. If you decide to scale your business, you’ll need a strong team to help you do great work. The only way to do this is by recruiting and hiring the best people.
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