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Money issues are the definitely the biggest pitfalls that entrepreneurs face. But the good news is that there are a number of things that can be done to avoid these problems.
Here is the most common financial mistake that entrepreneurs make (and now that you know these common mistakes, you have the power to avoid them).
Not Testing before Investing
Eager entrepreneurs will lot of money to perfect their product. Most do this before they have even tested it out to see if there is a market for it. Before you go ahead to ensure that your product is perfect, ensure you do a test run on it and get some feedback.
Spending on do-it-yourself Projects
Certainly, as an entrepreneur, you want to be able to hire contractors and outsource work. But you might not be able to do that yet. There are some simple tasks that you should do yourself, instead of hiring an outside source to do it for you. This will save you money pending when you can afford to outsource the task.
Many entrepreneurs invest in things like renting an office and purchasing expensive equipment a lot earlier that they actually need to. These are usually expensive areas and can wreak havoc on your business. Don’t invest in these things until it is necessary to.
Do you really need that expensive office furniture? Maybe not, even if there are prospects coming to see it. Spending money on things that you really don’t need at the moment is a big waste of financial resources that can be used on something more pressing. That doesn’t mean you can’t have that cushy office set-up; it just means it should wait until the business can afford it.
Most entrepreneurs are often reluctant to speak with an accountant, for whatever reason. The truth is, you must meet with an accountant, as it will save you money in the long run. An accountant can help you everything such as avoiding tax penalties, setting up with the right salary and ensuring that you are on track with your quarterly tax payments. The accountant is your friend, I promise.
Hiring before you can Afford it
Many entrepreneurs long for the day when they can hire their first employee. While this may be a good feeling, it should be delayed until the time comes that you really need to hire someone. If you hire someone too soon, then you will be taking on a big expense with very little return.
Every business has miscellaneous expenditure. Those are the expenditure that doesn't make it to your business plan and was never expected. But they will come up, so assume your miscellaneous expenses are going to be a lot more that you first thought.
Money issue could make or mar your business. So you have to take every opportunity to be smart with your expenses. If you take out time to avoid the mistakes list above, you will be well ahead of the game.
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