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The Biggest Challenges Facing Small Business Owners

Running a successful small business is no easy task. While anyone can start a business, it takes hard work and dedication to make it succeed. This is why more than half of all small businesses in the United States fail within their first five years of operation. So, what are some of the biggest challenges facing small business owners?

The Biggest Challenges Facing Small Business Owners

Cashflow

Regardless of the industry or niche in which your small business operates, you’ll probably need a positive cashflow to keep it running. Even if you have a substantial amount of “receivables” waiting to be paid, you’ll still need liquid cash to cover immediate and short-term expenses. This is why small business owners should maintain a positive cashflow, ensuring they have enough cash on hand to cover such expenses.

Growing too Quickly

It’s usually a positive sign when a small business grows. After all, growth signals success, while also allowing businesses to branch out into new areas and operations. But it’s important for small businesses to grow at a slow, sustainable rate; otherwise, they may struggle to meet customers’ or clients’ demands.

Bad Pricing

Whether your small business sells a product or service, you need to price it fairly. If your competitors offer a similar produce or service at a lower price, you probably won’t generate many sales. So, research your market to determine what similar products or services are selling for, and choose a price that’s competitive while still allowing you to turn a profit.

Targeting Wrong Audience

When promoting your small business, you should target prospects who are most interested in your product or service. Generic advertising no longer works, especially for small businesses. Instead, your ads and promotional efforts must be laser-targeted towards your respective audience.

Poor Record-Keeping

Accounting is a critical part of running a successful small business. Unfortunately, it’s also a common challenge faced by small business owners. Many entrepreneurs who start their own businesses have little-to-no experience with business accounting and book-keeping. As a result, they mix their personal and business finances, compounding the difficulty come tax time. If you aren’t familiar with business accounting practice, consider hiring a Certified Personal Assistant (CPA) to lend a hand.

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Intrepid Private Capital Group • May 25, 2017


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