Equal or unclear partnerships
Many entrepreneurs create an equal partnership seems fair in theory and typically works well for a while. However, sooner or later disagreements arise and the company is then in limbo because no partner has the final say. Eventually this will erode the company’s growth. It is wiser to give a managing partner ultimate control and a majority ownership stake – even if it’s only 51%. Alternatively, grant a small percentage to a third party advisor who will serve as the tie-breaker for the partners. Every ship needs someone to be the captain and there can be only one.
Perfection is unattainable, but that doesn’t stop many entrepreneurs from spending a lot of money trying to achieve it. Even if the company did finally make the perfect product, the market will change and eventually make the product obsolete. Instead, quickly bring a less-than-perfect product to market, then another and another.
If you depend upon a single customer for more than 50 percent of your company’s revenues, your company may be headed for a meltdown. It may be easier to manage one or two big customers, but if you lose a major customer, you run the high risk of business failure.
Business and product review
Some companies put all their efforts into an idea, then develop a product or service – only to find there are no buyers for it. It is a mistake to create a product or service offering that has to work on finding a market. It is crucial to perform market research in advance to determine whether anyone will buy.
Entrepreneur capacity, maturity and focus
Small business owners often lose focus on the company’s core areas – product or service, markets and distribution channel. Concentrating efforts in a limited area almost always produces better results than diversifying. In a quest to live the high life, entrepreneurs sometimes let expenditure inflate more than revenue. Until profits can support the costs, retain humble office space, furniture etc. Spend the money necessary to achieve the company’s objectives, but nothing else until profits justify the expense. The biggest mistake an entrepreneur can make is to ignore failure. If success has not come to the venture, wipe the slate clean and reassess the investment. Assume the original investment has been lost and decide from that perspective whether you can justify further investment. If not, walk away. Don’t throw good money after bad. If you’re going to fail do so quickly. Failure is sometimes a necessary step towards success.