Common Mistakes Small Businesses Need to Avoid

Common Mistakes Small Businesses Need to Avoid

Anuja Lath 22/02/2018 5

If you watch the market closely, you will see a large number of businesses that are unable to establish a strong foothold for their business in the market. There are many well-established businesses or startups which need to focus on establishing themselves better. So, a business must avoid certain mistakes when starting out, as establishing a foothold is a risky task and the tiniest mistakes can ruin your initial process.

Here are some of the mistakes small business must avoid:

Not Knowing about your Competitors

Businesses, often in the rush of achieving quick success, forget to keep a lookout for their competitors and their strategies. We don’t mean that you start to imitate your competitors, but it’s always good to know about what other organizations in your industry are doing and if that is even making some profit. Observing other businesses in the same industry as yours will give you a good idea of what is likely to work for your business as well.

Avoid Aggressive Self-Promotion

Well established brands often hire celebrities of influencers to promote their business. When a famed personality promotes your brand, it adds more value to your brand and may even establish your brand as authoritative and credible. However, don’t go overboard with the self-promotion. Most customers do not enjoy aggressive self-promotion or brands that constantly talk about themselves and their products or services.

Setting Goals that are Unachievable

It is wise to set a goal prior execution of any business plan. However, while setting goals, one must know its viability. In the quest of achieving goals, businesses often set aims that are way too difficult to achieve. Many businesses make this mistake, especially startups. Therefore, you must avoid setting unrealistic goals.

The easiest way to set goals is to keep them S.M.A.R.T. This stands for Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and Time-bound. Stick to this and you’re bound to achieve your goals!

Social Media Presence

Social media is not just the best tool for businesses to flourish but is now a necessity for all businesses. This is one of the most common mistakes small businesses need to avoid when starting out. Businesses are seen doing this because they believe that if they have a social media presence on every possible social media channel, then their business is bound to prosper.

However, that is not the case! For example, a business dealing in organic fruits and vegetables may not need a presence on LinkedIn.

Startups must avoid this mistake as they are likely to get confused while setting up their business. You must focus only on social media channels important to the nature of industry you are dealing with.

Not Having a Strategy

Jumping in to initiate a business without a strategy and expecting great results is next to impossible. Before diving into anything, you need to plan out a strategy for your business and then start executingyour plans.

Outline a plan for initiation, implementation, execution, and tracking. Strategising before executing your plans will always give you a clear vision of the pros and cons of any action that you plan and will help you identify the correct move for your business.

Grammar Check

Be it your business website or any social media post for your business, you need to ensure that your content is appropriate and grammatically correct. Give a grammatical check to your content or even better take the help of online apps for grammatical checks. A single error in your content can make a strong impression on your readers about your brand.

Not Measuring your Efforts

All businesses follow different plans and strategies for measuring their efforts and tracking results. However, businesses need to measure the efforts they are putting in planning a strategy. This can be done through split testing to measure the efficiency of strategies. First, measure the results of strategy A versus the results of strategy B. Evaluating the profits attained form both strategies will help the business identify which is more efficient and should be taken into consideration in the future.

Not Interacting with Customers

A business can never be successful unless it has a good following. Every business revolves around its customer, hence simply promoting your business will not work wonders for your brand.

You might have come across social media posts of businesses that ask customers for their opinion and give supreme importance to customer engagement and interaction. In today’s digital era, businesses have become more customer-centric.

To sum up, there’s a lot that goes into setting up an established and successful business. And there are always mistakes businesses make and learn from. We hope this article will help you tackle some of the most common mistakes made by businesses!

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  • Richard Wentford

    Starting a business isn't always easy. There are so many things to think about and decisions to make; the pressure can cause you to make a poor decision that can hurt your potential for success, or at least set you back.

  • Bradley Weiser

    Many times, lack of confidence in our ability and fear of failure causes us to under-price our products and services.

  • Jennifer Thompson

    As small business owners, technology can provide new opportunities, help us do our work more efficiently and even help us save money. New technology may be intimidating, and require time to learn and understand, but an unwillingness to adapt to technological advances can hurt your business in the short and long-term.

  • Kavita Sehgal

    One vital part of any successful marketing campaign is understanding who your ideal customer is. It's not enough to create a marketing budget and try a little bit of everything. You need to do market research to identify who you are trying to reach, where you can find them and how they will react to your marketing activities.

  • Mike001

    Very well explained thanks !!

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Anuja Lath

Digital Marketing Expert

Anuja is the Co-founder and CEO of RedAlkemi Online Pvt. Ltd., a digital marketing agency helping clients with their end to end online presence. Anuja has 30 years of work experience as a successful entrepreneur and has co-founded several ventures since 1986. She and her team are passionate about helping SMEs achieve measurable online success for their business. Anuja holds a Bachelors degree in Advertising from the Government College of Fine Arts, Chandigarh, India.


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