There could be a hundred reasons , literally.But I want to discuss about some of the major factors.Is there a way to predict some of them and escape a future collapse?..Sometimes yes , but the most important thing to remember is that we should take action no matter what.
Few Hours Ago
I was at my favourite gas station in the morning , near the highway , rush hour , long trucks come and go like items in a production line.Grabbed a coffee and placed myself onto the driver’s seat to continue when my eye caught a new sign inside the property.
..”We are celebrating 10 years , thank you for your trust”..I thought it for a while , he was a decent gentleman , always smiling , the personnel very friendly … in other words the customer service was incredible and there were many extra sections offering services such as laundry , oil change equipment , the snack bar , the shop…Congratulations I whispered slowly , you deserve it and I salute your next decade in the business.
I want to underline here that during these last 10 years many gas stations in that area closed due to the economic “Downhill” in my country.
It’s not always about the lowest price , but about the Quality.I would not change that gas station with a new one only for money , in fact I never look at the prices when I fuel my car.
Not Long Ago
My mind travelled back in time , 12 years ago , when I launched a new start-up in the “Tourism” industry as newcomer.May be 10 years more and we’ll break even , who knows…
I remembered a friend from the high school , he was in the same business for more than 40 years if we count the period that his father and uncle endeavoured into a new “Adventure”…Well done “Old” buddy.You kept the family’s tradition during very tough times.
But Most of the Businesses Do not Last Very Long and Fail , Unfortunately
Let’s discover some of the most common reasons and may be we shall try to “Recap” at the end for a mini conclusion.
Family Problems – Sudden Extreme Incidents – Unknown Non Predictable Reasons
I believe this is a “Big” family , when in those circumstances we may end a business without having the chance to resist or to to choose alternative options.Anybody can fall in that trap , I can’t blame you , no one can predict the “The Next 10 or 20 Years”…But if we take a closer look at these patterns we may “Shield” ourselves and make wiser movements , driven by our subconscious.
If you study “History” you can somewhat predict a part of the “Future” , knowing why some businesses failed can direct you into great decisions.And you would not even know that until a live example passed you by at a later time.
Stuck Behind The Competition
I can see a lot of new businesses run from exceptional minds that reach high levels of success during the first years.But then all of a sudden they seem to get stuck against other “Newcomers” that enter the field or the old “Players”.Why is that happening?
May be they took for granted that early results and gave up on improving.May be they did not move into the right directions when it was time.They might missed some chances and opportunities available.
Where all their competitors were seeking innovative solutions for their customers , they had enough success to “Blind” their entrepreneurial spirit.
Was it due to ignorance?…NO , I don’t think so , someone that is succeeding even for a while can do miracles , but I think they were not listening their audience.At least not enough.Because your customers , your visitors are communicating with you and your business , you have to listen to them carefully.All the brilliant solutions and excellent ideas come through this process.
An endless “Eye” upon the customers’ actions and changes…Are your clients seeking anything new?…Are they moving to your competitors because they found something you have not been able to provide?
Early Investments & Expansions
At least in my country this is one of the Top reasons that most of the businesses fail.When the first money roll into a new business is a nice feeling , I can assure you for that.Especially when you run a “Franchise” model where you have spent a lot and you are eager to recover as soon as you can.
But you have to break even , remember?…No business is successful before that obstacle.
By expanding in new areas very soon , you take some risks that are not so well displayed.You might need more personnel to cover these new sections and expansions.Are you going to sell even more in the near future?…Now, don’t get me wrong , I am a fan of investments.But I want to weigh the Pros and Cons before any important decision.
I would suggest that you take your time and invest when you can afford it conveniently , keeping the budget as low as possible.Later on , a well established business can easier use capitals to sprawl.
No Improvement , No Innovation , No Actions , No Risks At All
I may sound like a man who is not taking “Risks” but I am taking Big Risks from time to time…I do that following my instincts.I am not taking Risks that could jeopardise my family or other businesses I run , no … nothing like that.But some Risks worth to be taken.
When everyone in your exact business field , your niche , your market is doing things “White” why don’t you try “Grey”.?…I can hear a lot of entrepreneurs say ..“Do exactly what I do , and you will be successful..”…NO ,a big NO , no one can guarantee just that.What works for me might not work for you.
I may do things in “Red” and succeed while everyone is doing “Blue” , it does not matter.Any entrepreneur is different and unique.Anyone has its own voice.Put your colour , your touch in everything you do.Your customers will respect that authenticity.
Additionally you have to continuously improve yourself and your services.Doing that you improve the personnel’s experience , the customer satisfaction , everyone is getting benefited.
The worst thing you could do is to watch the changes roll by.Because I believe deep inside me that everything is “Evolving”...Nothing is standard , no empire can last forever.Take action in every step in your way.Try new things and learn , keep an eye open and a mind free.
Awful Management , Huge Expenses , Big Loans , Bankruptcy
These are the most obvious reasons where “Stress” can add to an already tough economic situation.Some people are not able to handle money and keep their expenses low , they might consider in passing these activities to trustworthy partners.Not everyone is suitable for every job.
But there are always people who can advice or consult these at first sight “Bad Entrepreneurs” and so that they can improve.
I would NOT suggest to anyone get a huge bank loan to build a business , take it one step at a time.Get a loan , yes , borrow some money , but do not try to reach the top of the mountain at your first attempt.Always back up your moves.
… “Real Entrepreneurs” do not bother if they continue in the same exact business area or field , they just keep on going adventuring new horizons , multiplying their interests , passions and desires.Taking action in any case , can guide you to “Success” , that moment when you feel a little bit “Complete” , not 100% , never , no one can reach that Magic Number because we are humans , and being NON Perfect is what makes us so awesome.
Consistency and open mind is all you might need in this journey.Anyone can become an excellent entrepreneur , it requires Self-Belief.
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