It’s tough running a small business. But you’re not alone. In fact, you are one of 27.9 million small businesses in the United States. We know the many complications involved in keeping a small business afloat, and would like to offer several tips in avoiding them.
Partnerships are a great thing for small business start-ups for many reasons such as shared initial cost, shared responsibilities and shared skills and contacts, just to name a few. However, it is crucial that you chose the right partner to avoid shared liability and split profit scenarios. In order to do so, be sure you and your partner share values, have similar work habits and most importantly build a trustworthy relationship. It’s also important to maintain this same trust throughout the immediate company. Create team building opportunities to build relationships and avoid burn out.
Building these relationships can also help with the distribution of work so you can avoid the dangers of multitasking. 53% of small business owners reported that performing multiple roles was the most difficult aspect of running a small business. Multitasking distracts from focusing on each role individually and role ambiguity.
Another important component to successfully running a small business is creating opportunities to obtain initial capital. Whether it is asking friends or family, approaching a venture capitalist, applying for personal loans or applying for funding, all must be done in a professional manner, standing behind a strong business plan and a repayment plan. And lastly, it is crucial to maintain a positive working capital. This can be accomplished in two simple steps. The first is to implement payment best practices, and the second is to keep a just-in-time inventory.
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