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Top 20 Reasons Why Companies Fail & How to Avoid This Fate!

Let’s face it you’ve always wanted to be your own boss, and now that you are, you might wonder why owning a business is so hard. Struggling to manage a business and keeping it in a responsive, efficient and successful mode is not uncommon. In fact, it is necessary at times because that’s how your business challenges you to be creative and find options, you’ll learn ways to troubleshoot, build management and leadership skills as you mature to build roots into your business. But you must figure a way to overcome issues and setbacks and overcome them fast. You start fixing issues by thinking optimistically. As a small company too, it helps to understand the difference between small, and large companies and knowing how very different the issues are. Below, you’ll find a list of 20 frequent struggles that business owners go through. Regardless of who you are, or what role you play, you’ll identify with most, if not all of them.


1. Hire the Right People
– You are hiring people but find a high turn-over rate or dissatisfied employees. A number of things could be amiss, but I’ve found that compensation, improper atmosphere or management treatment are the common indicators of high turn-over rate. Hiring the right fit for your company and a candidate who is best to work with your brand is important. However, you must exhibit a management style that commands respect and show respect to your staff or team members. Everybody wants to feel like they are important, no matter how menial their job is.
– Small and medium-sized business owners need to build a strong team of reliable people. The need for the right people to help a smaller business is much different from a billion-dollar corporation. In a small company, employees may experience something new and different every day. They need to be comfortable in an environment that is consistent and generate trust. You must build a culture that employees feel there are working in a system of strong foundation. Having some sort of written operation manual is key to help employees feel like they belong to an established company. Keeping things clear, concise and simple is beneficial to build trust, satisfaction and staff retention.
-Most small and medium-sized business owners struggle with finding the right hires quickly. Introduce the company culture early, optimize the hiring process constantly or centralize your hiring in one platform. There are plenty of hiring tools out there in the HR tech community that can expedite the recruitment process. They can do everything from making it easy to showcase your company open jobs, to provide a platform to post to multiple job announcements at once. I would suggest to also use personal connections and networking opportunities to spread the word about open positions.

2. Business Planning
Not having a written plan for your business is like not having a clear success plan. Lack of planning is by far the main cause of business failure because everything hinges on this. Having a business plan keeps you in check and keep you learning more about your business and also be ahead of it in planning. When you don’t have a business plan it’s easy to stop learning. A business plan is like a game plan or road map that will help you to become focused and productive. You must craft a business plan by having the start and end in mind. There has to be a continual process to your business in order to learn, adapt and survive. Carving out time to continue the learning process will ensure that you stay current, but more importantly, you’re able to take advantage of new innovations in your market, which will make your job and business run smoother. Nothing in your market stays static, and a business plan help you to stay ahead of the game.

3. Pursue the Best Opportunities
Many owners of small and medium-sized businesses believe they should go after every opportunity to gain more customers in every kind of niches. Doing this can actually ruin your business. If you are too focused on pursuing customers that are actually a poor fit for your company, you may miss out on the ones that would have been perfect for you. You save time to increase revenue, build better customer support and grow quicker by focusing on the right customers. Develop a list of key customer traits of your target customers, so you can filter out and recognize the ones that are suspect. Don’t be afraid to be picky and walk away from opportunities that are not well-suited to your core business.

4. Time Management of Operations
-You’re spending, and wasting, too much time on repetitive tasks – use a software to automate everything you do. There are many free options, just google and you’ll find them.
-You are regularly losing track of incoming, high-quality leads – use a CRM (Customer relationship management) tool to track and follow up with leads.
-There aren’t clear processes and protocols and your company’s operation is creating inconsistencies, unproductivity and time wasting. Create policies, procedures and processes, then ensure that your entire staff is crystal clear on them. This will help them manage their time and build productivity.
-There are too many prospective customers and not enough time in the day to follow-up with them all AND do your daily work.  Look to technology – marketing automation is the only solution.  There are many cost-effective tools and free tools in the market.

5. Stay Organized
Small and medium-sized business owners juggle a lot of plates and wear many hats and balancing or keeping them straight can be a challenge. Small companies are long on ideas and short on resources. If you don’t have a personal assistance then use free technology like google calendar to help you stay on top of everything and alert you on important tasks and meetings.

6. Deal With Government Protocols
For those living the United States, the federal government provides assistance for small businesses, but many business owners aren’t aware of these services. Every state has at least one SBA office, where small business owners can turn for free assistance. Find out the protocols and assistance in your country. You can hire a CPA, if you don’t have one, they have to keep abreast of changes and are a big help. Instead of a high retainer for a CPA of Tax Attorney you could have hire one on an ’as-needed’ basis to keep costs down.

7. Procure Sufficient Capital and/or Savings
Without capital, it’s impossible to get your business off the ground, at times, and in the U.S. economic struggles have kept banks from making loans to small businesses in recent years. However, the SBA offers loan programs that can help you get the money you need. Another option that has become popular in recent years is crowdfunding, which involves raising capital through online campaigns. Crowdfunding has emerged as a viable way to raise money to support early sales and allow organizations and people to invest in your company.

8. Find a Mentor
Although no two businesses are exactly the same, there’s great value in talking to someone who’s been in similar shoes. I recommend that business owners look for forward-thinking organizations that are small business advocates, providing networking and other education programs. In the U.S. the Small Business Association and the National Small Business Association are good resources. The SBA also has volunteers willing to help and has developed a mentor program. Its SCORE Association pairs experienced small business owners with those looking for guidance. You need someone to help guide you rather than doing everything by yourself and at times if comes down to paying for a mentor or coach. But you can opt on starting your own Mastermind group, off-line or online. This is a group of like-minded businessmen or women, who are driven to win-just like you. With a mastermind group you can build an environment of indirect mentoring, where each member is helping one another.

9. Have Strong Conviction
The single biggest challenge for small and medium-sized business entrepreneurs is having complete conviction in their product or service. When things become tough, they don’t have the conviction to push through the problems and their business will fold. They need to believe in their concept, that it is something than can become profitable. With conviction, all obstacles in your way are less of a struggle. Without conviction, even minor setbacks can be insurmountable.

10. Competitive Advantage
Economy of scale or distribution makes it harder for small and medium-sized businesses to compete with companies that have established distribution and influence. Most businesses that fail, suffer from inadequate marketing, so they can’t compete. They are either strapped for cash or lack experience or do not prioritize marketing in their business plan. Marketing must be constantly #1 on the list of activities of a business to compete and achieve success. Marketing gets cash into the bank, without it a business doesn’t stand a chance. Another part of this is the lack of tracking metrics and learning from analytics. For example, a product-based business must track each marketing activity to measure effectiveness, so that you can implement better strategies to sustain competition.

11. Become Sales Oriented
All business owner must be sales oriented to succeed in business. This is an absolute must otherwise you will not survive. You must learn to pitch and to negotiate – even if you never did it before. This is scary for some entrepreneur, but this is a very useful skill. The good news is that if you are good – you will have an easier time overall. You should become more sales driven as a business owner even if you are not in charge of sales. The fact is, as long as it’s your company sales is your responsibility. It starts by looking at sales strategy in a positive way – as an extension of you and your mission to grow. This will help you to like it and be motivated so you can know what to expect from your sales manager or sales team.

12. Motivation
Being motivated can be very hard for most people and this is also a factor that affects business owners. If you don’t have motivation as a business owner everything will feel hard especially for those who have to do almost everything for themselves. From marketing to handling clients to hiring freelancers, the list in unending and they must master it all. It’s hard to keep on going without seeing any results. This is why the key to staying motivated is working on your mindset. You have to have a tough mindset, because motivation is not an emotion it is moving towards your goal because you want to achieve it and you understand you must be disciplined, focused, resolute until you accomplish your goal.

13. Prepare New Product Launch
You are launching a new product, but you have little knowledge or information for market and industry analysis. You are not able to come up with the right brand message that will position their product effectively and convince your audience that they need your product. Instead of positioning your product, position your audience by promoting the best features and benefit of your product to your most ideal customer. Find the problem of your ideal customer and create your marketing message around solving that problem. Conduct proper research about your target audience, their demographics, their stereotypes, etc. Without proper research, you’re going to end up targeting the wrong audience and missing out on your most lucrative are stable customers. There are many tools to help you conduct better market and audience research before you launch your product. The Marketer’s Almanac by Think with Google, for example, is a free resource that lets you find out useful data on customer and market trends and shopping habits. Otherwise you can invest in tools like Survey Monkey, and create in-depth surveys to understand your market. Another thing that’s helpful is creating your own surveys by crafting your own questions to better understand demographics and analyze the data to refine your understanding of your target audience.

14. Customer Care & Retention
The most common issue that ‘s inherent in small business – is customer care. Usually the business owners are trying to support their customers themselves, so they don’t have enough time and struggle with time management and lack of resources. Every customer deserves a full range of support in spite of the product or service you provide. Most company owners start with a nonchalant mindset, like, “I have started my company to provide this service or created my product, let’s see how best I can fit it into a market.” This approach does not care about or consider the customer.  You must approach business not only having a customer in mind and how to best solve their problem, you must also plan how to take care of them and retain them long-term with the best of your ability. A lot of company are quick to get customers but when they don’t take care of them they will not retain them. Customer retention is vital to your success.

15. Niche Building
You’re spending money to market, but there’s no clear (R.O.I)  Return on Investment for the money spent. Essentially, you’re wasting dollars and living on hope. It’s likely to not work in the long-run. Your target market isn’t clearly defined so you try to sell to everyone. Define your primary and secondary target market first, then go after them relentlessly. Tracking each channel of marketing and doing the calculation of cost vs revenue, is the only way to gauge how well you’re doing or if you’re doing the right thing.

16. Mindset Building
You act out of a fear of failure, rather than the desire for success. People who start a business need a mindset that is vastly different than that of a 9-to-5 employee. The will to persevere and persist, the ability to think outside the box and get creative and the commitment to developing discipline and habits that propel a business upwards – all these are integral to business success. If you have the will, you’ll find a way.

17. Be Prepared for Set-backs
Setbacks happen to everyone at some point in life and a business owner is no exception. Business owners have to face the fact that they will need to be prepared to cater to problems to bridge the gap. Facing setbacks has to be viewed as a natural path to success and dealing with them in a healthy manner is really important. Find out the core reason for the setback, learn from the mistake, look at the situation as a learning process, then make a firm decision to be focused on finding the right solution.

18. Get rid of Rigid, inflexible Models
Business needs to be adaptable to market needs and requirements and technological changes. The business owners must invest time and resources into market research, to stay on top of current and expected changes that directly impact its survival and future profitability. Study your customer behavior, find ways to build customer retention and find ways to innovate your services and diversify your product offering. Encourage customer feedback as a part of staying in touch with their needs and experience with the services or products you are selling.

19. Strong Financial Management
Some businesses fail in spite of having good sales and cash coming in because of irresponsible fiscal practices. For example, not re-investing revenue back into the business, spending frivolously without planning, not planning for asset replacement, not budgeting for continuing research and marketing, not preparing for future growth and expansion. Figure out your numbers so you’ll know how to re-arrange or adjust expenses, mark-down or increase prices, while learning cost-effective marketing techniques and use them.

20. Do Not Be Overworked
You are working hard but on the verge of burnout. Find ways to delegate, like hiring an Assistant to help with certain tasks. Small business owner mostly run their business single-handedly with very little or no managerial help. As a result, they are too busy taking care of routine business, leaving very little time to think about large objectives such as business diversification, profitability improvement, cost optimization etc.


These are just a few of my insights. Throughout my tenure I’ve gained the insight to easily detect what led to my clients’ problems and the warning signs of failure. Struggling in your business is one thing, but too many times the warning signs were left unchecked and escalated into huge problems to fix and oftentimes failure. You ought to know the first signs of impending failure, so you can solve them before it’s too late.

I’ve also learnt what strategies and solutions work and what doesn’t work and how to turn a business around from complete disaster. Through case studies I have also developed a list of over 150 warning patterns of failure, and here my top 12 to watch out for and do whatever it takes to curtail.

1. Weak Management Style & Leadership
2. Absence of Strategic Growth Planning
3. No Cash Flow Plan
4. Foggy Unique Selling Proposition
5. Old-fashioned Marketing Operations
6. Reliance On A Few Customers
7. Lack of Industry & Competitive Knowledge
8. Little Ability to Track Business Performance
9. Lack Knowledge on Hiring and Retaining Right Staff
10. Bad Internet Positioning and Reputation
11. Poor Customer Relationship Management
12. Inadequate Organizational and Time Management

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How To Scale Faster By Aligning Sales & Marketing

Are you using Antiquated Sales Strategies?


We are moving in a fast-paced world where time is an important aspect of everything we do and we emphasize moving with equal speed. When we still lag behind with old methods in any fast-moving environment visions can become dim and time is wasted needlessly. For every company, sales team is the most valuable asset.  However, without proper management of time, the most talented representatives and most forward-thinking sales managers will always come up short.

The million-dollar question is : What can sales managers do to leverage the time they have to connect with decision-makers within their customer niche?


In the modern landscape of inside sales, representatives are required to do much more than call decisions-makers and make their pitch. They must sift through leads, identify and engage entire buying team, select the best opportunities to work, tailor their presentations for specific opportunity, find the correct marketing materials, and pass along the proper contract paperwork at the right time. Forced to juggle all of these tasks, it’s not surprising that most inside sales reps feel pinched for time. Recent studies show that the average sales rep spends 6.5 hours a week searching for the right content to send to prospects.

In addition, they spend countless hours logging correct information into their CRM, identifying and removing non-buyers from the pipeline, and finding necessary paperwork to complete the deal. Facing this dilemma, sales managers are always searching for ways to give their reps more time to finish work load. Unfortunately, they can’t extend the hours available in the workday (legally, at least) or number of weeks in the quarter. Instead, they must give their reps the tools and training they need to use time more efficiently. Broadly speaking, this is sales enablement, and refers to organizational efforts to provide sales reps with the resources, documents, information and people required to carry out their duty. Typically, this has the ability to align sales, marketing and operations to have the same goals, and priorities and then work together to make the sales process as smooth as possible.

How can a sales manager institute the correct policies, priorities and practices to ensure that his sales reps optimize their time?

Where should he start and how can he measure success? How can he optimize sales, increase efficiency and productivity without wasting time? I’m not saying cold calls are ineffective. Some companies have perfected a system of cold calling and cold prospecting. Yet, this is not the best method, this method is much more difficult and wastes valuable time to produce. For the cold call to be productive, it should establish contact with actual demand for the product or service and which in turn is converted into a customer. And you should not have to manually do all the work yourself. There’s a good way to automate your lead generation and a better and faster way to find more prospects.

The Internet has completely revolutionized the sales and marketing landscape to find leads.

Social networking marketing is a wholly new, but vital portion of internet marketing has taken off in the past couple of decades. Buyers are flocking social media in search of sellers more often than waiting for information about the sellers’ products and services to come to them. Because of this increased focus by prospective customers, companies must revamp their entire marketing and sales strategy. Now more than ever, companies seek to radically align their marketing and sales force by combining efforts to connect to more people, boost brand recognition and drive sales. Many companies are experiencing the shift in revenue volume and saving time by making a few simple changes to leverage social media to generate quality leads and close more sales. Socializing online does not require you to leave the workplace and as a result saves time and can enhance productivity, if done well. If an organization employs these strategies and has the ability to positively impact their public relations then this is sometimes a big advantage. But it is important to follow the trends and understand how to move in the right direction.

Social media is changing rapidly, if you miss out on one month of keeping abreast of the constant flow of new stories, articles, opinion, technologies, news, memes and information, you will fall behind in the game.

This fast-paced movement in social networking also affects the rhythm of business for businesses. In earlier years social media was more for B2C, but now social media is for everyone and B2B are rapidly joining the force. Many social media platforms were seen as a way to connect to families and friends but now businesses are interacting with this network to communicate with customers on a personal level to conduct sales. In fact, many surveys conducted show there is a growing trend for marketers to focus on social media with great success.This type of interaction of buyers and sellers is very advantageous because sellers are able to reach buyers without the intrusion of cold calls and prospecting. Buyers shop at their leisure and sellers delight buyers in a friendly environment. By displaying their goods in a store-like manner on social media, buyers come to sellers without feeling pushed or bamboozled.

Now more than ever, people are using social media and the Internet to shop for goods and services.

For example, trends show that between 2015-2016 Facebook users increased by 220 million and Twitter by 9 million. An increased audience means greater volume of potential customer reach. Hubspot reported that print and outdoor marketing were now considered less effective and that social marketing is one of the more effective marketing tools. In the future, it is expected that more people will be involved in social media. Use of social media is no longer limited to families meeting and exchanging pictures to reduce proximity between one another.

Unfortunately, many businesses are not running on the best fuel if social media is not one an outlet for sales and marketing. Social media is one of the most focused marketing strategy today. For a business to survive, marketing and sales department must continue to adapt with a trend of mobility to be ahead of the competition. A business cannot underestimate value of social media for its success.

This is how your company can adapt to connect to this growing pool of customers:


Your company’s sales process begins in marketing. This is where the leads that will ultimately become customers are generated, and where their first interactions with your company takes place. The effectiveness and efficiency of your sales process is heavily influenced by the way your marketing team functions. Because of this, it is important for sales leaders to understand how marketing departments in their companies operate and what they can do to make the work of sales reps easier.

A good start is an active repertoire of sharing relevant, tasty and engaging articles to nurture a committed following of your brand.
Setting aside an hour a day to look into the interactions and feedback on social media, finding out what your target market is handing out to your niche, and what your niche is interested in (measured by their number of “likes”), provides great value in exploring what platform to use and how to create an effective approach to your branding. As you reach out to your prospects, they get to know, like and trust you. And you will be more productive by understanding the needs and behavior of your niche and will get a closer view on the impact of your product. This will help you to plan your business growth implementation better and augment your revenue.

Because social media is an easy accessible way to study your market, consider how you will be able to get to know your customer by following and tracking where they go and how they will follow you in return. For example, as an Architect, you wouldn’t go to a bridal shop to find customers, you would probably go to a builders’ convention. The same concept applies with social media, you go where the customers are and where you’ll have the opportunity to find the most customers. Get acquainted with the venue and the technology your prospects are comfortable with and active on, especially when deciding how to communicate. For example, some prospects may prefer a phone call, while others may prefer to keep communications on a messaging platform until the final transaction. Your goal should always be to simplify everything for them, meet them where they are at.

Another important element to examine will be the inter-department communication within your company.
Many companies are experiencing issues within their sales and marketing teams. I often find faulty communication between Marketing department and Sales department regarding passing off leads. Marketing complains of lack of follow-up and Sales complains that the leads are not good leads, so they can’t close them. I’m not sure if this is happening overtly or quietly in your company, but this is present because everybody believes they are doing all they can do within their given roles. The best way to deal with this is set a procedure that keeps both departments in sync. More importantly, when using social media as a venue for finding leads you will notice that these leads are easier to convert into customers. Prospects from social platforms are readily building a relationship with your brand and find it appealing. This way Marketing could be trained on what to do to find the leads and hand off to Sales to close leads that Marketing already have built a relationship with your brand. Both teams should be trained on how to handle every situation and scenario that can occur. For example, marketing may initially answer a question on social media, qualify the sales and then notify Sales that the person is a potential customer, and so on. Then Sales can take over the conversation through the sales funnel to close without wasting quality time. This will increase your company workforce productivity and scale revenue.

Equally critical is to remember that after you have created social media momentum, a plan should be devised to maintain it over time.
Effectively developing a social networking presence is not as hard as it looks. Social media is not rocket science. Whenever you’re scrolling through social networking, get real. You might also re-post or re-tweet different people’s content, and provide them a shout-out. There’s an amazing quantity of content on the Internet. Employing the most suitable hashtags, keywords and descriptions also increases the campaign so people may discover your videos utilizing the tags. One of the most instantaneous communication mode is to participate in a group in your specific industry or one which you need to enter.

While there are a number of social networking platforms to pick from, my advice is to begin with one and get excellent at it.
You must also know your audience. For example, what’s proper for a “single” audience may not be relevant for a “married”, or whatever appeal to a “younger” audience may not work for an “older” audience. Likewise, utilizing humor for a specific audience may be necessary or being formal may be better for another. You must know how to mold your voice and strategies towards your ideal customers. If you can’t handle social media to execute a thriving social networking marketing campaign, then find an expert or outsource it. The entire point of social media is to advertise you, build your brand by showcasing your nature with a human touch. In today’s world, this is extremely important for business survival. An image is really worth a thousand words and thousands of people are on Instagram or Facebook daily looking for photographic inspiration, a video or ways to improve their lives. They are on Pinterest trying to find quick access to gold mine information. A fantastic write-up on Facebook or Twitter has the largest potential to entice people organically, and they are going to stay around much longer to keep getting more.

Consequently, as your company advertising and marketing campaign get underway, you need extensive monitoring to recognize any current or future gaps.
Marketing is crucial to any business and is one of the most essential part of any business strategy. It is affordable communication at its best since its effectiveness means money. And a communication medium is always the vital organ with the lifeblood of your business. Research and analytics are essential to a successful advertising campaign. In the modern market, businesses cannot expect to do well while dismissing social media as a means to acquiring good exposure to possible customers, together with having the ability to boost their company brand. Social networking tools gives you access to millions of individuals. A lot of time wasted promoting your company the old way is a costly endeavor. Save time and money and drastically increase revenue by automating your sales and marketing.


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