If you run a small business, you know how much work and effort goes into making it all happen. From managing employees to creating your product, handling customers, and keeping track of financials, there seems to be a never-ending to-do list.

There are some mistakes that are all too common as small businesses attempt to stay afloat and manage everything the business demands. Make sure your business heads for success by avoiding these mistakes:

1.    Doing Too Much

Any business owner knows that it’s easy to have too much on your plate. Try to avoid doing too much. Instead, delegate or outsource tasks that you’re not as knowledgeable about and keep the work you’re best at. For example, if you can’t tell heads or tails of an account sheet, hire out a bookkeeper or accountant.

2.    Underestimate Promotion

Your product or service is so great that it will naturally sell itself, right? Wrong. While word of mouth is a great way to get customers to your business, it will only be effective once you’ve reached a critical mass. To get some business going, you’ll have to drum it up with great marketing, sales, and promotion.

3.    Lack of Focus

Feel like you’re constantly running down rabbit trails, modifying what you offer to make more money? Try to stay focused on what you’re best at and perfect your product or service. Anything you want to add should be vetted to see if it’s really going to boost your revenue.

4.    No Plan

Never made a business plan? Get one! Either on your own or with help, you need to have a sense of where your business is, and where it’s headed. You need a plan for everything from finances to products, ideal clients, and marketing.

5.    Avoiding Risk

Any successful business takes some calculated risks. You could be missing out big time if you don’t step up and take some risk. Not sure how? Get some help from a knowledgeable business coach to direct your risks strategically.

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