7 Dumb Small Business Mistakes
(That You Can’t Afford)

Small businesses are fabulous, but let’s face it, everyone does dumb stuff sometimes.

Here are 7 mistakes that you can’t afford to make, especially now. And just for fun, you also get a post about the dumb mistakes big companies make, too.

7 Dumb Things Small Businesses Do

#1: Deciding You’re “Just Not Good” at Marketing
“I have the best handknitted dog sweaters/organic tattoo parlor/gourmet hair products in the city. I’m getting some clients here and there, but you know, I’m just not good at marketing . . . ”

#2: Going Without a Business Plan
“Ugh, crap, business plan. Can’t I just stab my eye with a fork and we’ll call it good?”

#3: Getting Upside-Down
He’s fired everyone and moved back to his basement. If he works incredibly hard, he might someday sell the business and come close to breaking even.

#4: Thinking It’s About You
His prospects and customers were just incredibly inconvenient to his vision of what the company ought to be.

#5: The Worst Number
If there’s an important “one” in your business, you don’t have a business. You have a project that may or may not continue to make money.

#6: Ingratitude
Even in the midst of all this financial panic and freefall, there is a nice big pot of delicious money sitting on the table for you.

#7: Following the Herd
Monkey see, monkey do. But humans are a lot better at that game than monkeys are.

And your special bonus post:

7 Things Big Dumb Companies Do That You Can’t Afford (Especially Now).
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