Minimizing Business Risks, the Small Business Way

July 25, 2016

One of the biggest fears that small business owners have is to see all their hard work fail, and it’s something that’s very common amongst startups. All businesses face risks, and statistics show that more than half of newly opened small businesses will end up closing down within the first five years. There are many reasons why small businesses fail, such as strained relationships, ruined credit, financial turmoil, and personal stress, but there are ways to minimize the risks and even promote profit growth.

Different businesses have different risks. Before starting your own business, think of the potential problems and risks that your specific business could face. Write or type down these risks so that you can have something to look at. Why is writing down business risks important? Because by knowing them, you get to act on them or think about what you can do to manage them ahead of time.

A big mistake that people make is they invest many personal assets when starting up a business. This is not a good idea and one must try not to sign personal guarantees on business debts. You also have to make sure that your personal needs are taken care of first. Opening up a business might need you to get some money out of your personal savings and you might not have enough to pay for your own expenses.

What many people do when opening up their own business is make sure that they have something else on the side that generates income, such as a job-many even take loans as seed money. Just make sure that you have enough to live by. Lastly, you should never place your personal relationships on hold when opening a business. Yes, it’s going to take up a lot of your time, but never forget your friends and family. They are the people who will help you though the difficult times and even help make your business prosper.

You have to be sure that the business that you are starting is a perfect fit for your personality and lifestyle. You have to be interested in your business in order to sell it. Research on the business and check if it sells in the area-conduct a feasibility study, or pay to have one done for you. While doing so, you can check out the competition and see how they are doing. You also need to know how a business is managed. Experience and intuition are keys to your success, you don’t have to have an MBA or a diploma in business management to know how to run your business. If you feel that you need help because it’s your first time, you can get a business coach to help you.