How To Avoid Your Business Falling At The First Hurdle

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When it comes to starting up a new business , there is one major area that unites most potential failures, and that is poor planning. If you have not been thorough and done your due diligence, then you will certainly be reliable to fail. You may struggle when it comes to getting investment funding, or you may get into your startup and run out of money. These are widespread occurrences, and they all come down to poor planning. You might be fortunate enough to get your company off the ground, and you may manage to trade for a short time. But, when problems that you have created in the setting up of your company through poor research creep up on you, then can bring you down. 


It does not need to be that way. By developing a thoroughness and a work ethic that attempts to meticulous in every aspect of the planning process, you can create a stable business. 


Setting The Budget


One of the significant areas that you need to get right is your budget. You should have a full and accurate total of all of your planned expenditures. At the stage when you are creating the budget you should not be thinking about whether or not you can afford something, you should be ensuring that anything that you need is on the list and accounted for.


Get in touch with commercial roofing contractors and electricians and get quotes. Shop around for any aspect of your premises fit-out, and don’t be afraid to haggle and seek out recommendations. Everything needs to be accounted for, and your quotes should be as comprehensive as possible. 


Within your budget, you need to create some wiggle room. Running out of funding can be one of the biggest problems when you are starting up in business, however, if you know that you will need more, then at least you can shoot for that when you are seeking out finance options. 


Think about adding at least an additional ten percent as a contingency to your budget. This will help you weather any unseen storm. 


Be Clear What You Are Asking For


When you are seeking out funding from external investors or trying to obtain a business loan, you will need to be very specific and detailed in your business plan. A savvy investor will see straight through anything that you have drawn up that appears to have missed vital elements. And, if you are the kind of business person who is missing key points, they will certainly not want to invest in you, let alone your business. 


Have The Sense To Realize When You Need To Make Changes


You will inevitably make mistakes, but the real test of your abilities will be how you deal with them. If you can spot them early and change tact, then this will stand you in good stead. However, if you bury your head in the sand and hope that something improves on its own, then you will sadly fail.  


Lisa Besserman, Founder and CEO of Startup Buenos Aires, has been named as Business Insider’s “Top 100 Most Influential Women in Tech”, and the 2014 “Business Innovator of Latin America” by the Council of the Americas.
Lisa moved to Buenos Aires from New York City to create Startup Buenos Aires, the organization that represents the startup, tech and entrepreneurial community of Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Startup Buenos Aires has been one of the main catalysts for strengthening the tech ecosystem in Latin America, by bringing global startup initiatives, development projects and investment opportunities to the region.
Under Lisa’s leadership Startup Buenos Aires has been credited as “Top 3 Growing Startup Cities” by CNBC and “5 Emerging Global Tech Hubs” by Entrepreneur Magazine.

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