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4 Bad Practices to Avoid When Running a Startup

Running a startup

November 22 2020 - Starting any business venture can be an exciting experience, especially for first-time entrepreneurs. However, many fail due to the bad habits that their owners fall victim to. And if you don't want to put your newly established company in jeopardy and end your entrepreneurial aspirations before you've even begun, you must always be mindful of the way that you run your startup. And to help ensure that you do, I have listed some of the practices that you must avoid. Read on to find out more.

1. Having unrealistic goals

No matter how much forecasting and market research is conducted, there's no concrete way to predict how well a business will perform. And the last thing that you should do to both your employees and yourself is to set unrealistic goals. After all, this can potentially lead your company to underperform constantly and make you question whether or not your business model is viable.

Instead, set realistic expectations for your business and claim any small victories that you manage to achieve. It'll encourage everyone to do better and drive your company forward as a result.

2. Keeping all of the jobs in-house

Many inexperienced business owners try to keep all of the work that their operations require in-house to keep costs low, only to find out later that it gives the opposite of the intended effect. So don't fall into this trap and outsource tasks when necessary, especially highly-specialised work like fulfilment services from companies like It'll keep your startup from being too overburdened. More importantly, it'll save you money.

3. Not cultivating your workers

Inexperienced entrepreneurs usually hire workers to fulfil specific duties and keep them in the assigned roles forever. However, what they don't realise is that their employees may have the potential to perform better with other responsibilities too. And if you don't keep them engaged and open to the possibility of advancing in the company, there's more than a good chance that they'll leave the business and, in turn, slow it down. As such, you must cultivate your workers and allow them to grow.

4. Refusing to delegate

Perhaps the most common error that many commit when running a small business is trying to do everything. As they say, you can't run an organisation on your own. And you won't be able to accomplish anything if you try to shoulder everyone's responsibility. So be sure to delegate work to your team. Not only will this approach free up your time and allow you to focus on more pressing matters within the company. But you'll show your employees that you value and trust their work.

While it's true that we can never guarantee success in any business, it doesn't mean that we can't improve our chances. And by avoiding the above-mentioned practices, you'll steer clear of any potential issues. And, in turn, present your small business with a lot more opportunities to succeed and grow.


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