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Why Do Small Businesses Fail ?

People start small businesses for many reasons. Some simply want to boost their income while others see the venture as a good escape from the demanding life of an employee. A few are simply after pursuing their own interests. But one thing is common ─ they all want to write a success story. This, however, is not always the case. Here are a few reasons why some small businesses fail.

1. Poor location

The site where a business is located often determines whether it will succeed or fail. Most small businesses are brick and mortar, which means that they rely on customers walking in to purchase goods or services. So, if your company sits in a less populated area, chances are that you’ll sell less which could, over time, drive you out of business.

2. Mismanagement of finances

If you don’t have the skills to manage the cash coming in and going out of your business, your chances of survival are limited. You’ll likely spend on the less important, over spend and even get into debt.

3. Low quality products

Customers will come to you for what you’re offering. If the only thing you can give them is a low quality product/service, they will not return and might even pass the message to their fiends. Lack of customers means no sales and in turn failure.

4. Lack of clear goals

Goals are key to the success of any business, regardless of its size. With clear objectives, you’ll know exactly what you want to achieve over a given period of time and the road map for doing so. This will motivate you to dedicate your time, energy and finance into the business. Where there are no goals, failure is more likely than success.

Starting and running a successful business is never easy, but the good thing is that it’s possible. The trick is to avoid the common mistakes people make and do things right.

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