Starting your own business is an exciting time but it’s also incredibly difficult. Anybody that’s considered it has probably heard plenty of horror stories about the number of new businesses that fail in the first year. That might put you off even trying to start your own company but you shouldn’t let it. While it’s true that it’s difficult to get a business going, plenty of people manage it and you could be one of them. You just need to make sure that you avoid any of these things that often kill small businesses before they get off the ground. Financial Problems Bad finances are going to cause you a couple of different problems. The first thing to consider is how you’re going to get investment. When you meet with potential investors, they’ll check your credit score and if you have a bad one, it’s really going to put them off. Before you think about starting a company, pay off your debts and learn how to fix credit problems. Your credit score isn’t set in stone and if you start being sensible with your money, you’ll soon be able to improve it to the level where investors won’t be worried by it.   Having poor personal finances also causes you issues because it means that you’ll need to take a higher salary to cover debt repayments etc. That means you’ve got less money to put back into the company which makes it much harder to grow. Not Listening To Feedback When you’ve got a clear vision of your product, it can be difficult to accept criticism. The thing is, your ideas might not translate into reality in the way that you think. It’s important that you listen to feedback on the product early on, and get a wide range of people to test it out. It’ll give you a solid idea of what will and won’t sell. If you are stubborn and you ignore it, you’ll end up developing a product that nobody wants to buy.   Lack Of Passion When people are trying to come up with a business idea, they’ll often ask themselves which industries are most profitable and decide to start a business in that area, even if they don’t have much interest in it. This is the wrong mentality to have and it won’t help you succeed. Passion for your product and industry is vital if you’re going to succeed, you’re going to be working long hours on this every day after all. If you don’t have passion then you won’t have drive and if you don’t have drive, you’ll slack off and the business will fail.   Not Listening To Employees Your employees are the people with the best insight into the inner workings of your company so one of the biggest mistakes that you can make is not listening to their advice. In the early stages of a business when money is tight, efficiency is key. If you’re wasting money then you’re just reducing the amount of time that your business can survive for. Ask them whether there is anything that can be streamlined and then listen to their advice. Before you start a business, make sure that you’re in a financially stable position and you’ve got an idea that you’re passionate about. Beyond that, always remember that you can’t do this all by yourself, you’ll have to listen to the advice of others if you

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