Business owners, especially on the newer side of the experience spectrum, can be prone to mistakes. However, by following the advice in this article, you’ll be more able to head off some common mistakes before you make them yourself.
Delegation Is Key
Entrepreneurs often pride themselves on their ability to take on a massive workload. That can be helpful in small doses, but eventually, you’ll need to delegate tasks. Trying to take on everything yourself is a surefire way to burn yourself out. In fact, one Forbes.com article highlighted overcommitting as one of the biggest mistakes a new business owner can make. Tired, stressed entrepreneurs are more prone to mistakes, so don’t try to go it alone.
Lean on Your Network
If you’re not sure who to hire, buy supplies from, or reach out to for financing, don’t hesitate to lean on your professional network for advice. It is very likely that other business owners you know have run into similar challenges when starting out. They’ll be able to make recommendations on where to find the right staff, which companies are worth working with, and more. Even if you don’t have specific questions, periodically reach out to keep your professional connections alive.
Lean on Mentors
No matter how successful they seem, most business owners have made a mistake at one point or another. Even negative experiences can be valuable learning opportunities, though. So that you can learn from the mistakes of others, try recruiting a mentor. A good one will share stories of mistakes they made and what they learned as well as ways they have avoided mistakes in the past.
Look into Coaching
Hiring a business coach is a step relatively few entrepreneurs undergo, but it can be worthwhile nonetheless. A coach can’t run your business for you, but they can keep you accountable and on the right track.
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