According to Bloomberg, 8 out of 10 business fail within the first 18 months of their inception and the sad reality is, almost all the businesses fail because of the entrepreneurs who handle it. While there are a multitude of conditions which could lead to a business failure, most startups which fail, make similar mistakes. Here is a list of the top 5 reasons why businesses fail.
1) Starting a business for the wrong reasons
Most people start a business with a desire to earn a lot of money. While this is a benefit successful entrepreneurs achieve after years of hard work, starting a business for money is not the right entrepreneurial mindset. The driving force for your business should be your passion, not your desire for money. Entrepreneurship requires a lot of dedication, hard work and patience and if you lack passion, you will most likely lose interest in a few years and eventually end up failing.
2) Lack of proper planning
Planning is an important part of running a business. If you do not work according to a proper plan, your business is most likely to fail. A good plan consists of definite short term and long term goals and will also define where your company will be in the next few years. Lack of such proper planning will cause irreparable damage to your business.
3) Lack of funds
The most common reason why startups fail is the lack of proper funds. Budding business owners often do not understand money management and are likely to underestimate the amount of money they require to start a business and might even have unrealistic expectations about profits. As a result, the money spent on the business becomes more than the money earned by the business. This leads to debt and when this debt becomes too much, they are forced to shut it down.
4) Lack of value
The heart of any business is the value it creates. The higher your value, the more will be your customer base and the more you will earn. Your product or service should be more valuable than your competitors’. In other words, your business should be able to offer something new. If your business lacks value, it is bound to fail.
5) Early expansions
It is rightly said that slow and steady wins the race. New entrepreneurs are often in a hurry to expand their business to other markets and this is the leading cause for bankruptcy. Expanding a business is good, but before you enter new markets, make sure you maximise your existing market. If not, you will most likely be forced to close your business due to bankruptcy.
As they say, failures are stepping stones to success and as a business owner, the success of a business mostly lies in your hand. If you ever failed trying to run a business, learn from your mistakes and start over again. Most of the billionaires today are people who once failed.