3 Things Not to Do When Starting up a Small Business


It’s well known these days that becoming an entrepreneur and starting up your own business can potentially be an amazing step towards greater personal autonomy, and the achievement of your dreams – whatever those might be.

Fortunately, there are plenty of powerful and effective resources out there which present a good array of tips on how to actually get a small business off the ground, while also placing emphasis on the right type of mindset to adopt for the process.

What is often spoken about less frequently, however, – but which is no less important – is knowing what not to do when starting up a small business so that you don’t fall into some of the most common traps along the way.

Here are just a few things not to do when starting up a small business.

Don’t…

  • Miss the forest for the trees

Many new entrepreneurs are, understandably, extremely eager, and driven to get their businesses off the ground, up and running as soon as possible (and as effectively as possible.)

Since the differentiating factor between a new entrepreneur and an established giant in the industry is often the entrepreneur’s ability to be dynamic and flexible, many entrepreneurs will attempt to gain a footing by striving to cover all bases, at all times, no matter what.

This is a serious hazard, though, and can sink many otherwise good businesses before they so much as get a chance to take off.

Realize that, as an entrepreneur, you always need to maintain a good big picture perspective, and you need to be able to focus your limited time, energies, financial resources, et cetera, as meaningfully and effectively as possible.

In other words, don’t get bogged down in trying to do every conceivable thing you could possibly do. Don’t miss the forest from the trees, but rather make sure that whatever it is you’re doing is moving you in the direction you want to be heading in.

  • Neglect your web presence

These days, even businesses which exist mostly offline need to have a professional and compelling web presence, and must pay attention to things such as search engine optimization.

Though most entrepreneurs will create websites and have some sort of web general-purpose presence, they will often not properly heed the importance of having a professional, well-managed, and dynamic landing page, and so on.

Understand that if your website appears shoddy, then it will be a weak point that drives many of your prospective customers will write you off. Likewise, if your blog hasn’t been updated for a year, or if you’ve taken the time to create work social media profiles but then don’t update them.

Whatever you do with your web presence, make sure that it imparts an air of trustworthiness and professionalism.

  • Allow the freedom of being self-employed to cause you to lose your routine

One of the reasons why people are often so drawn to the idea of being self-employed entrepreneurs, is that this kind of lifestyle allows for a degree of “freedom” that often isn’t present in more conventional job roles.

Be aware, though, that in order to make your business a success you will need to “become your own boss” rather than simply having no boss.

If you let the flexibility of your new timetable lead you into abandoning your routine and becoming haphazard with your time management in general, everything is bound to disintegrate in a hurry.

Instead, make sure that you stick to a generally consistent and effective daily routine regardless of what else might be going on.

Jeff Campbell

Jeff Campbell is a husband, father, martial artist, budget-master, Disney-addict, musician, and recovering foodie having spent over 2 decades as a leader for Whole Foods Market. Click to learn more about me

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