Finance

6 Reasons Why Business Fail!

If you’re starting a new business, probably one of the biggest fears you’ll have is: “…what if I fail…?” Keep these ideas in mind when launching your new or existing business; of course there’s more, but this is the most consistent answers I’ve heard from entrepreneurs, blogs, surveys, and other articles…

Reason #1: Not Investigating the Market

So you’ve always wanted to open a real estate agency, and you finally have the means to do so, but your desire to open the agency blinds you to the fact that we’re in a down housing market and the area where you want to work is alre

ady saturated with agencies, making it very difficult to break in. This is a mistake that will cause you to fail from the beginning. You have to find an opening or unmet need within a market and then fill it rather than try and force your product or service in. It’s a lot easier to satisfy a need rather than create one and convince people that they want to spend money on it

Reason #2: Business Plan Problems

A solid and realistic business plan is the basis of a successful business. In the plan, you will outline realistic goals for your business, how your business can meet those goals and possible problems and solutions. The plan will figure out if there’s a need for the business through research and surveys; it will figure out the costs and inputs needed for the business; and it will outline strategies and time lines that should be implemented and met.

Reason #3: Too Little Financing

If you have started a company and things aren’t working out, you’ve got little capital and a struggling business; you’re really not in a good position to ask for another loan. Be realistic at the beginning, and start with enough money that will last you to the point where you’re business is up and running, and cash is actually flowing in. Trying to stretch your finances at the beginning may mean that your business never gets off the ground, and you’ll still have a lot of cash to repay.

Reason #4: Bad Location, Internet Presence and Marketing

A bad location is self-explanatory if your business relies on location for foot traffic. Just as dangerous, however, is internet presence. These days, your location on the internet and your social media presence can be just as important as your company’s physical presence in a shopping district. Online presence will let people know that they can give you their business, so if the need is already there, the availability and visibility of your business is the next important step.

Reason #5: Rigidity

Once you’ve done the planning, established your business and gained a customer base, don’t get complacent. The need that you’re fulfilling may not always be there, monitor the market and know when you may need to alter your business plan. Being on top of key trends will allow you lots of time to adjust your strategy so that you can remain successful. One must only look at the music industry or Blockbuster video to know that successful industries can undergo huge changes.

Reason #6: Expanding Too Fast

Now that your business is established and successful, it’s time to expand, but you must treat the expansion like you’re starting all over again. If you’re expanding the reach of your business, make sure that you understand the areas and markets into which you’ll now be reaching. If you’re expanding the scope and focus of your business, make sure you understand your new products, service and intended consumer as much as you do with your current successful business. When a business expands too fast and doesn’t take the same care with research, strategy and planning, the financial drain of the failing business(es) can sink the whole enterprise.

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10 Mistakes Small Businesses Do In Bookkeeping!

From one-person entities to major corporations, bookkeeping is a significant part of any business endeavor. While it is typically not one of the more glamorous jobs, bookkeeping is at the heart of a company’s success, and errors can cost the company significantly; below are 10 of the most common errors that you want to avoid; courtesy of www.allbusiness.com

NOT SAVING RECEIPTS LESS THAN $75 –   While such receipts may not be required by the IRS, they provide backup documentation for the many deductions you may claim. It is very simple to have a folder for such receipts, which can prove valuable at tax time.

DOING IT YOURSELF – no matter how much they hate it, many small business owners insist upon handling the books themselves. Having a competent bookkeeper coming in to handle the books can be extremely beneficial in that they have the skills to do the job quickly and efficiently and will provide a second pair of eyes to find errors and make suggestions.

NOT TRACKING REIMBURSEMENT EXPENSES – small business owners often pay for expenses out of pocket or with their own personal credit card then make the mistakes of failing to track these expenses. They then fail to submit the expenses to the company for reimbursement.

NOT PROPERLY CLASSIFYING EMPLOYEES – the proliferation of independent contractors, consultants, and freelancers has made it difficult to determine who is on staff and who is not. This results in misfiling when it comes to filing taxes since there are different rules and regulations for employees and non-employees.

NO COMMUNICATION – having someone handling bookkeeping is only effective if they are filled in and kept up to date on all financial transactions. A frequent mistake is paying someone a bonus and not reporting it or buying supplies and not providing the bookkeeper with the information or receipts.

NON RECONCILIATION OF THE BOOKS EVERY MONTH – one of the fundamental aspects of bookkeeping is reconciling the books and bank statements every month. Nonetheless, there are businesses that do not do this and others where errors are made by not doing it properly. Again, this is a good reason for hiring an experienced bookkeeper.

NO BACK-UP – the paperless office does not exist in the real world, where audits do still exist. A paper trail, documentation or verification in the form of backup documents should be available, especially if all files are on the computer system, which could be prone to technical problems.

NOT DEDUCTING SALES TAX – a common mistake in retail businesses is not deducting the sales tax from the total sales. This results in a higher total sales amount and does not lower the amount of taxes due.

MIS USE OF OETTY CASH – a system should be set up whereby a set amount of money is in petty cash and each time money is taken out for any purpose, a petty cash slip is filled out. When the fund is exhausted, the slips will total the original amount and a check can be written to cash to set up the full amount again. Many offices are nonchalant about using the petty cash fund without keeping accurate records.

MISCATEGORIZATION & OVERCATEGORIZATION – there are fairly standard categories for expenses. However, often expenses are entered into the wrong categories or too many categories are created. Use general bookkeeping guidelines for standard categorization and create as few new categories as possible. Try to follow generally accepted accounting practices.

This video just tells you about keeping track with your accounts, and recording the various entities of your business: Bookkeeping Mistakes


5 Thriving Businesses In A Recession

By: Isabel Isidro
Trading Assistant – In a recession, more and more people are looking to sell some of their unused and unwanted items at home to get some extra cash to pay bills. While many have heard of online auctions such as eBay and classified ad sites as Craigslist, there are those who do not have the time or the knowledge to sell their things online. eBay has a program called eBay Trading Assistant that allows other users to sell items of other people on eBay. Trading assistants photograph the items, write the descriptions, and create the listing on eBay or Craigslist as well as handle all aspects of the sale. They earn a commission based on the sale price of the items they sell.
Auto Repair and Maintenance. People tend to forego buying new cars when money becomes hard to come by and cheap credit is not as easy to get. Instead, they’re more likely to keep their cars, which entail spending money on car maintenance. As such, there is a big opportunity for this business when the market goes down. An auto repair business has a lot of opportunities in a recession. You can opt to go with an automobile franchise, or find a troubled shop with potential to buy at a bargain price.
“Green” Home Businesses – Every industry is turning green, from manufacturing to fashion designing. Helping the environment is starting to seep into the mindset of the consumers, as more and more are turning to products and services that protect the environment. There are huge opportunities in a “green” home business, such as business opportunities offering environment-friendly gardening practices through organic products. Business waste consulting is also a growing field where home based entrepreneurs can advice businesses on how to efficiently deal with waste disposal, trim down their waste disposal costs and realize extraordinary savings.
Virtual Assistant – The virtual assistant industry is growing as businesses reduce their costs and outsource some basic functions. A virtual assistant, or VA, is a highly skilled professional who in more ways than one, serve as administrative assistant except the communication and work are all done online or via email. VAs provides administrative support and other specialized services to businesses, entrepreneurs, executives, and others who are unable to hire a full-time employee but need support. This can be a low-cost and recession resistant home business.
Eldercare – One reality we all face is that whether the economy is going up or down, we are all going to go old. Services such as adult daycare facilities are still going to be needed. However, if you are targeting the baby boomers market, most of which relies only their retirement funds (that may be shrinking) as their main source of income, this may be the group that will be tightening their belts even more. So niche travel for the active boomers may be hard hit during tough economic times.