Common Beginner Mistakes Every Entrepreneur Should Avoid.

If starting a business is one of your goals, this is for you. The thought of owning a business is one undoubtedly filled with excitement. Excitement and determination is good but you have to ‘proceed with caution’. There are some mistakes that are mostly made in the beginning of entrepreneurship that can lead to business failure. Avoid making these five beginner mistakes many new entrepreneurs often make and have your business start on a different note.
  1. Lacking A Plan
Going into any business without a well-thought-out plan is entrepreneurial suicide. Running a business without a plan can lead to mismanagement of resources (financial and human resources). This ultimately leads to business failure. A business plan will help you test whether your business idea is feasible or not before going all out and doing it. A well thought out plan is a roadmap that gives your business direction. You get to know and understand what you want for your business. You have your business goals well thought out and the things you need to do to meet your goals. A business plan helps you put into consideration broad operational and financial objectives. With a plan, you can be able to predict the several challenges to expect. While it can be difficult to prevent all these challenges or obstacles you will encounter, at least having a plan will help you prepare for the obstacles. With a plan, you will be able to avoid situations such as not having a budget that caters for all your needs such as marketing, salaries or paying suppliers in time. As the business grows, you will need to assess and analyze your initial business plan. You will need to see how far you have come, goals you have and have not achieved and see what is working and what is not working. The plan is not just a one time document that you put together while starting. It will change over time as your business develops and your objectives change.
  1. Not understanding your target/potential clients
A well thought out business plan will include an analysis of your target/potential customers. You cannot succeed in your business without a proper understanding of your potential clients. You need to fully understand your target audience, their demographics, their behavior, their habits, their line of thought, buying patterns, among other aspects.  Knowing your customers better is the key to giving them good services and what they need. With this, you will be able to have strong customer relationships and new sales through positive feedback and recommendation. However, understanding your customers is not an easy task and requires a thoughtful analysis to identify their preferences and other demographics. This helps you anticipate their needs and even exceed their expectations. Not everybody will be your customer, you have to come down to a specific target group or specific target groups and know them. If you have different categories of customers, putting them in the same group only leads to generic cross-selling campaigns that do not really generate fruitful results. Understanding the different categories will help you segregate them according to different parameters such as the products or services they buy and so much more. Customer categorization and segregation helps develop precise marketing strategies and cross-selling campaigns with well defined and targeted messaging. Precise marketing strategies and targeted messaging leads to more value for the business, more customers and ultimately selling more.
  1. Spending too much money in the beginning
Most people want to start their businesses with a large investment and capital. They want to have the best of everything, space, equipment, have many products to sell, employees to work for them, expensive softwares and some crazy marketing budgets. One thing you need to understand as a beginner is that you don’t need to spend too much money in the beginning. There is always an alternative to what you want. Less expensive but equally viable options available can work out for you in your beginning phase. Create a business budget to cater for all the necessary business needs you have. Sticking to a business budget plan helps you curb overspending. If you are starting a business, avoid the costly mistake of spending too much money at the beginning on things you don’t actually need. 
  1. Thinking you can do it alone
If you are trying to Do Everything Yourself, something will fall short, it’s that simple. Even small businesses cannot be run by one person. Every business has so many different tasks that cannot be handled by a single person. For all the business tasks to be handled well, you need different people. You can have all the different tasks divided into different categories and have a number of people handling the different categories of tasks. It can be marketing, finances, legal, procurement and so much more. With the challenge of time, no matter how good and skilled you are, some aspects of your business will fall short. You won’t be able to get everything done all by yourself.  Increase the chance of your business succeeding by getting the help you need from the beginning. You don’t need too many people to do the work for you. You just need a few more people other than yourself to do some of the things you cannot do maybe because you lack the skills or the time. Have them take two categories each and you will be sorted. For example, you can have someone in charge of accounting who can be able to handle the financial side of the business and tax. Some of these people actually help you build a strong foundation for your business and avoid business mistakes that will cost you much more to fix. No one succeeds in business alone, you need a great team. Build your own great team to boost your success.
  1. Expecting Fast Success for no Effort.
The journey of entrepreneurship is one journey that needs risk, drive, dedication, serious commitment and patience. It’s not an overnight success. You have to put in the hard work and the effort. Overnight success does not exist in real time business. For anything to grow, it needs time and effort and so does a business. For example, some people start businesses with the expectation of having their products and services sell without doing much for them to sell. You have to push for your goods and services to sell. You have to market your products. You have to reach your potential customers. How will they know you have a product without you reaching them? That is not possible. You have to be willing to make sacrifices, put in the work, put in the time that is needed, and face challenges that come with running a business head-on. In business, you have to be willing to make mistakes. You learn from them, especially if you are a new entrepreneur.  The important thing is being aware of these mistakes and work towards making smart and well-informed decisions for your business and remain resilient. If you are not willing to do all these and put effort into your business, you cannot make progress and your business is likely going to collapse within no time. You cannot expect growth and success without commitment and putting in the work and time necessary. Remember, a great team is also very important. An extra hand or two is necessary. Have a business plan as the roadmap giving you direction. Avoiding the above mistakes that most beginner entrepreneurs make will help set your business on a different start and open for success.