Things to avoid if you are starting a business in 2016.

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We know most of these topics are all over the net, so here are OUR tips and tricks on things to do and things to avoid if you are starting up a new business -

From concept to the business launch, be aware of possible business start-up mistakes.

  • A business idea needs to be crystal-clear and you need to totally understand it and your market.
  • Do your research, target customers, utilise networking groups and get yourself out there.
  • Gather all the information you need to avoid start up mistakes. Read articles, watch business videos, attend workshops and gather all the help you can to succeed.
  • As an entrepreneur, all your energy, time and money will be poured into the new enterprise. Avoid start up mistakes and ensure that closing in five years is not an option.
  • Create a business plan that will help you identify markers and warn about mistakes that can delay development.
  • Avoid start up mistakes by having a financial plan to cover unexpected expenses, marketing, operational and payroll costs.


See your idea clearly, get on the right track and stay there!

Very few businesses make money in the first year, so a sound financial budget, as part of the business plan is vital. Cash is required not only to start the business but to support living costs until it is off the ground. Much of the money made in the first few years will need to be re-invested. Estimate the length of time it will take for the business to be profitable. Numbers need to be crunched to ensure success.

  • A business plan, is necessary to clarify thoughts and monitor time frames.
  • An imposed time frame can be challenging, but can make the start-up easier. Collect data that qualifies your business idea. Use it to indicate key milestones in your growing business. Keep expectations realistic.

  • Market your business, create a stunning website that will put you in front of your target audience.

  • A well planned marketing strategy and media campaign can be executed with little to no marketing budget.

Stay Focused.

Avoid distractions when starting a business. Be well capitalised so that focus is not shifted. Your new venture is a way to make money, stick with it. When your business grows, extra capital may be needed. An investor may be considered but clarify that an investors' needs match yours. Besides the money, an investor needs to add to your business. Business growth will generate a need for extra staff. If staff are hired too quickly and funds are limited, start up mistakes are created.

Have a marketing plan.

Customers need to find you easily. Besides a website, utilise brochures, signs and social media platforms like LinkedIn and Twitter.

Surrounded yourself with people who have the skills that you lack. Create a support team that could include an accountant, business advisor, and family and friends. Develop skills by attending courses and create a personal development plan so that you can always be up aware of what is happening in your market. Communicate with your customers, be aware of their needs and have some flexibility in your structure. Prioritise and never forget your core product and goal.


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