1. Too-High Expectations. There's a big difference between setting goals that will require you to stretch yourself and goals that are simply unobtainable. While it is certainly noble and honorable to set lofty goals, expectations that are too high mean that you have set yourself up to fail. Additionally, if you set expectations for your business that are too high, you will spend far too much money in the process of reaching those expectations. And that's money that could be put to good use in the quest to reach obtainable, reasonable goals.

2. Focusing on the Wrong Things. Some entrepreneurs are so focused on costs that they forget to take a step back and look at the big picture. Yes, you need to be vigilant about what you pay in startup costs, but you also need to remember that you simply can't make great strides in your business unless you are willing to invest significant amounts of money. Be bold about your spending, keeping in mind that only big investments yield big payoffs.

3. Looking Only at the Short-Term. When you're just starting off, it's very tempting to jump at almost any opportunity to make money. But consistently focusing on short-term opportunities means that you're not taking time to make strides towards your long-term business goals.

4. Keeping Up With Everyone Else. As a new business owner, you'll probably be tempted to compare yourself to your competitors and copycat the strategies that are working for them. But just because their strategies work for them doesn't mean they'll work for you. The reality is that you can only see part of their overall business plan, not the whole thing, so it's impossible for you to replicate the parts of the strategy that you can't see. This is a huge waste of time and effort for you, so stop worrying about what everyone else is doing and start focusing on your own plan.

5. Wearing Too Many Hats. Some entrepreneurs are obsessed with doing everything themselves instead of building a team. But when you take on the entire responsibility yourself, you're too busy doing the everyday tasks to dream the dreams and have the visions that are going to carry your company forward. Build a team and delegate tasks, giving yourself time to continuing creating your business.

6. Sacrificing Customer Service. This is one of the biggest mistakes an entrepreneur can make. If you're so focused on the bottom line that you end up sacrificing a customer's experience, you will negatively impact your future revenues in ways that you can't even understand at the time. An unhappy customer won't hesitate to talk about his experience with anyone who will listen.

And what to do if you're making, or have made, one of these mistakes? Don't worry. All is not lost. Just remember these three philosophies:

Recognize the opportunities that will pay off in the end. They should always be in line with your goals, priorities, and values.
Slow down. Just because an opportunity looks good on paper or when pitched to you by a slick talker, doesn't mean it's a good way to use your time. Any opportunity put before you should motivate you to do a cost analysis before jumping on board.
Strategically Plan. If you have a strategic plan in place, you'll always be ready to make wise decisions when new opportunities come down the pike. If you don't have a strategic plan, you'll be more likely to jump at anything that looks profitable.

Author's Bio: 

Seomul Evans is an Internet marketing and SEO services expert: http://www.seo-1-marketing-services.com



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