In today’s world, finding and keeping a job is as hard as finding a needle in a haystack. There’s no wonder that many are involving themselves in their own small business. The great thing about this is that instead of having to deal with a rather strict boss, a small business means you’re the boss. You run your own business and you can do something you love while making money. Turn your favorite hobby (e.g. arts and crafts) into a money making venture and you’ll be surprised at how much you can earn.
However, you might come across a few (or a lot of) small business struggles. There’s no smooth road to a successful business – keep this in mind before embarking on a business venture.
Small business struggles can range from financial problems, employee problems, and even something as minor as a leak from a pipe. However, it’s important to remember that you shouldn’t give up once you’re faced with these struggles. You’re not alone – many business owners all over the world, including the rich and famous, experience business problems as well.
So to familiarize you with what you should expect, here are a few small business struggles that you might encounter:
As they said in Mamma Mia – “money, money, money – must be funny in a rich man’s world” – definitely not funny in a struggling business owner’s world. It’s normal to encounter money problems here and there, especially if you’re new in the field. After all, you need money for the payroll, the products, the business operation – basically everything. Some lending institutions may be hesitant to invest on a small business as well.
Aside from you, your employees are also responsible for keeping your business afloat. Small businesses usually offer fewer benefits (e.g. sick leaves, bonuses, health benefits) as compared to large companies. Of course, these benefits (plus the salary) attract employees to work in larger companies.
Admit it or not, this is the usual problem facing family-owned businesses. Usually, the business owner eventually lacks support from his/her employees. And, employees make a big part of your business. Sooner or later, the business owner fails to recruit more employees and everything falls apart.
No clear plan
Before getting into a business venture, it’s important to have a clear plan set out for you. A clear plan will help direct you on the right path to success. Businesses without a clear plan are almost on the sure road to failure.
A business owner might have great plans, but failing to put it in action won’t do anything for the business. There may be strategies that were never executed, or the employees themselves might be unaware of the business’ strategy/ies.
Although there seems to be a lot small business struggles, more often than not, they’re pretty easy to solve. You don’t have to give up right away because you probably hold the solution in your hands. Keep in mind that what makes any business successful is an owner who never gave up, despite how impossible the situation may be.
About the Author: The article is written by Kristie H. for Classic Equine. Having seen all of these problems head on Classic Equine Equipment works to create a better more productive tomorrow for small business owners by leading by example. Classic Equine has turn from a small state company to a national brand in a very short time. With their strong customer service and the Made in the USA seal of approval they are sure to continue being an example for all. Just think work hard and follow their basic steps above!