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Mistakes Startup Owners Make

Are you getting ready to launch a startup but worrying about making common mistakes? The cold feet syndrome is not unusual, even among the most competent and talented entrepreneurs. Fortunately, anyone can learn from the errors of others. That's why so many first-time owners review lists that include tips about what not to do. Times and technology change constantly, but there are a few pitfalls that still have the power to entrap budding business barons.

Without question, the top place on the list of mistakes is not being willing to borrow enough capital to get started. The pre-launch phase is not the time to be overly frugal. There are ways to figure out how much money you'll need, which makes it easier to strategically apply for a small business loan. Other typical missteps include launching too soon, not covering all the legal bases during business registration, failing to build a professional network, purchasing too much inventory, and more. Consider the following points before going any further with your plans to create a business.

Not Borrowing Enough Money

Funding your entity's creation means having enough capital on hand to cover all the essential expenses. Unless you're one of the few who have enough cash saved for the occasion, it makes sense to apply for a small business loan. Be sure to do research to find reputable lenders who offer competitive rates and terms to startup owners. Likewise, use financial planning tools to generate an estimate of the amount you should borrow. Unfortunately, far too many first-time owners lowball the amount and end up running out of capital before they even get their doors opened. Don't make the mistake of under-borrowing. While it's impossible to know in advance exactly how much you'll need, make an effort to arrive at reasonable estimates for every area of initial spending.

Skipping Essential Legal Steps

Unfortunately, lots of first-time owners get tripped up by legal red tape and regret it later on. It's imperative to legally register your organization's name. In some jurisdictions, there's a significant amount of paperwork involved with this step, so be sure to find out what the local rules are. Another crucial step is to find a professional accountant who can help with tax filings. Most startups need to send returns to state and federal authorities four times per year. Get legal help if you are unsure about what kind of entity you wish to use for your organization. Sometimes it makes sense to incorporate, but in other situations, a partnership or other type of business is the best way to structure your business.

Opening Too Soon

It's exciting to open the doors to a brand-new company. The downside of all that excitement and enthusiasm is that many owners jump the gun and launch too early. The truth is for longevity, there are ways to better manage your business that are not as hasty. Make sure to do the necessary planning first. That should include, at a minimum, an initial marketing campaign, deciding whether to rent space or work from home, and developing a detailed monthly operating budget. Also, take the time to build a professional network as you do all the planning and organizational steps before the launch.

Acquiring Too Much Inventory

For merchants who sell goods directly to the public or to other businesses, it's tempting to stock up on items in anticipation of an early rush of activity. As most experienced owners can tell you, it's far too common to end the first month of operations with way more inventory than you need. While it's impossible to hit the nail on the head when estimating the size of the first order, err on the side of conservatism until a few months have passed and you have a better idea of how quickly orders come in.


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