You need to be bold to start a business, but that’s not all you need.

Between raising capital, hiring, and getting premises, you will still have tons of duties to take care of before you open your doors to your customers.

The pressure can cause you to make poor decisions that will hurt your business, either now or in the future. There is no full-proof plan on how to be successful, but with a few pointers, you can avoid these common mistakes.

1. Not having an entity

You need business registration and licenses to start operating, but without registering your business as a limited corporation, you can be held liable for anything bad that happens with your business.

If one of your clients gets food poisoning from your product, for instance, they could sue you for damages and come after you or your partner.

2. Not having clear goals 

Goals are vital in giving you direction when you start. You easily keep track of your day-to-day operations. If you want to build your business and sell it later, you will have clear goals showing what you need to achieve, when, and how you plan to do it.

Do your research and rely on a guide to selling your business for hints on what you need to know before selling, and how you can incorporate your ultimate goal with your daily duties.

What value will your business have when you are ready to sell? How will you market it, find the right buyer, and negotiate the amount? Make sure your goals are specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, and time-based and that they all work towards your main goal.

3. Not planning for failure 

When you start your business, you must dream big and think of how successful your business will be. But, you must remain flexible in your processes and plan for when disaster strikes.

If you don’t achieve your goals by a particular time, how long will it take you to fold? Will you sell your business or sell your assets and close down?

If a disaster was to strike, say a natural catastrophe, what would you do?  Will your finances be affected? Planning for failure will reduce the pressure and stress that comes with failing because you already have a plan of action. 

4. Not understanding the market 

As an entrepreneur, it’s crucial that you know your industry and have experts to help build your products and services. However, most small business owners tend to ignore the market.

During your research, ask yourself if enough people are willing to pay for your product or service. You can test this in a small way to make sure your statistics and figures are correct.

If the market is not large enough, or they can’t sustain your company no matter how much marketing you do, you can move on to the next project without losing too much of your capital. 

It’s exciting and nerve-racking to start a business, but to succeed, you must avoid these common mistakes. Make sure you hire people who are qualified as opposed to working with them because they are your friends.