The failure rate for small businesses is incredibly high. Many small businesses rely on "good products," "good ideas" or "good services," rather than on proper preparation, business structure, funding and marketing strategy. While having a sound product and/or service is also a must, a business with a great product or service that is not supported by strong, fundamental business concepts will not be successful in the long run.

Plan for the worst.
Businesses that are prepared for financial and public relations crises can handle them in a proactive, rather than retroactive, fashion, which will be beneficial in the long run.

Know your strengths and weaknesses.
When businesses are aware of their strengths, they can capitalize on them and sell the company better to customers and clients. Additionally, knowing weaknesses is equally important so improvements can be made.

Build a relationship with your customers or clients. Establishing a relationship with customers and clients is essential. Especially during times of economic hardship, loyal customers help keep businesses afloat.

Don't try to grow/expand too fast.
Growing too fast can also be detrimental for a small businesses. Prior to running a huge advertising campaign (or other marketing tactic), businesses must ensure that they have the man power to support the company's efforts if there is a surge in demand.

Know your competition.
Keeping an eye on competitors is beneficial because businesses can not only see what other businesses are doing successfully, but also what tactics other businesses have tried that have been unsuccessful, so they can avoid going down the same path.

Author's Bio: 

J. Mariah Brown is the owner and editor-in-chief of Writings by Design, a comprehensive business writing service company. To learn how Writings by Design can help with your business development needs,visit, email or call 866-937-2361.