June 25, 2017

Paul Chaney


Paul Chaney Paul Chaney is a Staff Writer for Small Business Trends. He covers industry news, including interviews with executives and industry leaders about the products, services and trends affecting small businesses, drawing on his 20 years of marketing knowledge. Formerly, he was editor of Web Marketing Today and a contributing editor for Practical Ecommerce.

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  1. Aira Bongco

    I think it mostly has to do with capital. You will not make money from the beginning and this is the reason why you need some extra funding right from the beginning.

  2. There are so many ways to fail, but remember there are just as many ways to succeed. Keep trying!

  3. According to research, 33% of all business bankruptcies was due to staff stealing from the company. And 75% of employees have admitted to stealing from one company. So perhaps that should be on the list as well?

    Marketing is also certainly a problem. Too many businesses don’t realise the importance of online marketing. With the right attitude, any business can market successfully for free in today’s world.

  4. Jack Yoest

    Paul, terrific points — I like your emphasis on number 4: small business owners have the passion and perhaps know the science of management but still have to learn the Art (insight) and have the Practice (experience) to learn how to get things done through the active support of others.

    This is why it can take decades to season a superior CEO.

    Well done,
    Jack

  5. Paul, I am a business advisor, former CEO and mentor to fledgling startups through SCORE and I think your list is spot on. If people would simply focus on turning your 10, even the top 5, into an action plan they’d go miles further toward being successful in business. 1. Know your mission and your personal reason for being in business, 2. Have skin in the game and plan conservatively to have sufficient cashflow and capital. 3. Put your ideas on paper and back up your plan with facts, not just big dreams. 4. Know what you know or don’t know to run a real business, not a hobby, and find help with the gaps. 5. Scale and grow with quality and consistency, to stay in control… etc

  6. Having the money and resources does help but I think attitude also plays a big part as when not excepting responsibility for your mistakes/failures and when a partnership is involved, the arguments over who is the leader and which idea/way is better instead of just concentrating on what is going to grow the business.

  7. If you re writing a business plan you’re in luck. Online business planning software makes it easier than ever before to put together a business plan for your business. Bplans is owned and operated by Palo Alto Software , Inc., as a free resource to help entrepreneurs start and run better businesses.

  8. Insufficient capital is a major issue, especially if there’s sudden economic degradation. This may increase the capital requirement for a startup. My best advice? START NOW!

  9. From the local experience, here in Uganda, one of the other major reason for business failure is is lack of financial discipline and self discipline, where the capital intended for to run the business id diverted into other activities that are not related to the business. Such activites include but not limited to buying new cloth, school fees, parties ectc

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