5 Mistakes That Can Wreck Your Small Business

Two focuses of my blog are Financial Literacy/Money and Business/Entrepreneurship. If you’re successfully running a business or are looking to do so, there a few actions that you need to be wary of taking. The following contributed post is entitled, 5 Mistakes That Can Wreck Your Small Business.

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No one is perfect. Even the best small business owners have made mistakes. Maybe you didn’t spend enough time at the beginning on your branding, experiencing negative PR, or maybe you weren’t able to understand your customers’ needs. Whatever the reason, it’s important to learn from your mistakes and keep on moving forward.

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Find Your Niche for Success

You might think that your product or service is something that everyone needs, but the truth is, you need to find a niche where your business will thrive. For example, you might be selling pet supplies and want to offer all kinds of animals’ items. If you try to sell everything from hamster cages to iguanas, it’s going to be difficult for you to be successful in all areas.

Even if you have a great idea and are passionate about starting a business, it’s important not to overreach. Consider what your customers are interested in and what they’re already buying. Then make sure those things are prominently featured in your store or online.

Misunderstanding How To Sell Your Products

There’s nothing quite like the feeling of holding your own products in your hands, but for most people, this isn’t an option. You’re going to want to sell your products online.

The first thing you’ll need is a website. It doesn’t have to be anything fancy–even a simple website with just a contact form and some pictures of your product will do.

The next step is getting traffic to your site. You can do this by content marketing, which means creating blog posts, social media posts, and more to get people interested in what you have to offer.

You can also hire someone on Fiverr or Upwork to create compelling graphics that really showcase your product in all its glory. This would cost around $5-$10 per graphic.

You’ll want to make sure to invest in ads, say something about what people will get if they click on it! The goal here is not only to generate clicks but also leads so that you don’t spend money on clicks that don’t convert into sales.

Neglecting Customer Problems

Customers are what a business is all about, so it’s crucial to make them feel like the most important people in the world.

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For example, if you’re running a fitness studio and many of your customers complain that you don’t offer enough classes on weekends, then you should immediately go back to the drawing board and figure out what classes your customers looking for.

Don’t be afraid to put yourself in your customer’s shoes and really try to understand exactly what they’re looking for! Only then will you be able to create a product or service that will satisfy your customer base.

Create a Plan for the Future

The first mistake that many small businesses make is not creating a plan for the future. These days, digital marketing is crucial to success. You need to start thinking about how you’ll take your business into the future and prepare for new opportunities. If you do not plan, how will you know how to respond when something happens?

Even slight disruptions in your daily routine could throw off your entire timeline if you’re unprepared. The best thing that you can do is be prepared by coming up with a plan before something bad happens.

Author: anwaryusef

Anwar Y. Dunbar is a Regulatory Scientist. Being a naturally curious person, he is also a student of all things. He earned his Ph.D. in Pharmacology from the University of Michigan and his Bachelor’s Degree in General Biology from Johnson C. Smith University (JCSU). Prior to starting the Big Words Blog Site, Anwar published and contributed to numerous research articles in competitive scientific journals reporting on his research from graduate school and postdoctoral years. After falling in love with writing, he contributed to the now defunct Examiner.com, and the Edvocate where he regularly wrote about: Education-related stories/topics, Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), Financial Literacy; as well as conducted interviews with notable individuals such as actor and author Hill Harper. Having many influences, one of his most notable heroes is author, intellectual and speaker, Malcolm Gladwell, author of books including Outliers and David and Goliath. Anwar has his hands in many, many activities. In addition to writing, Anwar actively mentors youth, works to spread awareness of STEM careers, serves on the Board of Directors of the Friends of the David M. Brown Arlington Planetarium, serves as Treasurer for the JCSU Washington, DC Alumni Chapter, and is active in the Dave Ramsey Financial Peace Ministry at the Alfred Street Baptist Church. He also tutors in the subjects of biology, chemistry and physics. Along with his multi-talented older brother Amahl Dunbar (designer of the Big Words logos, inventor and a plethora of other things), Anwar is a “Fanboy” and really enjoys Science-Fiction and Superhero movies including but not restricted to Captain America Civil War, Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice, and Prometheus. He is a proud native of Buffalo, NY.

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