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Business errors entrepreneurs should avoid

Mistakes are inevitable in any business and industry, but some are more common and damaging than others. For people who are looking into a business formation, it is important that they avoid frequent and, sometimes, business-killing missteps. The most common include lack of planning, failure to listen to customers and financial mismanagement.

For businesses both new and old, planning is essential. If there is not a series of steps in place for everything from product development to sales, companies are likely to experience chaos and problems managing the business. When businesses implement proper planning, the company works efficiently, and it makes it easier to discover problems within an organization. It is also essential that businesses listen to their customers. Even if a company has an outstanding product, their competitors are attempting to develop one that is even better. Companies that listen and respond to their customers are in a far better position to improve their products and services.

Companies also need to ensure that their finances are managed properly, and this goes beyond keeping company accounts balanced. Businesses need to have plans for generating cash flow and profits and how to manage situations where profits are above or below expectations.

Along with avoiding these common mistakes, business owners in Virginia may also benefit from speaking with an experienced business and commercial law attorney. The process of setting up a new business involves a number of legal requirements, and many industries are required to meet local, state and federal regulations. A lawyer may be able to help business owners understand and follow laws related to their business.

Source: Forbes, "Six Business Mistakes You Should Never Make Twice," Steve Olenski, Feb. 15, 2013

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