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PostPosted: Tue Mar 09, 2010 6:24 am    Post subject: Common mistakes made by small business owners Reply with quote

Hello everybody,

Here are some common mistakes done by small business owners.

# Neglecting Your Continuing Education

# Failing To Plan Is Planning To Fail

# All Work and No Play

# Take Your Existing Customers For Granted

# Never Ask For Referrals

# One-Stop Shop Mentality

# Neglecting Marketing

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PostPosted: Tue Mar 09, 2010 8:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

You missed one out:

# copying and pasting on to forums
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 09, 2010 10:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Laughing This could turn out to be a fun thread!

# Thinking that forum admins aren't smart enough to spot silly tricks a mile off

# Being too pushy. Ramming their business down people's throats without bothering to get to know them first.

# Always taking and never giving - never contributing anything useful, but expecting the world to revolve around them and their business
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 09, 2010 10:43 am    Post subject: Re: Common mistakes made by small business owners Reply with quote

businessbroker wrote:
Hello everybody,

Here are some common mistakes done by small business owners.

# Neglecting Your Continuing Education

# Failing To Plan Is Planning To Fail

# All Work and No Play

# Take Your Existing Customers For Granted

# Never Ask For Referrals

# One-Stop Shop Mentality

# Neglecting Marketing

Hope you'll like it..!!


In a word no
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 09, 2010 10:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

... and another specifically for businessbroker:

# Getting chucked off a forum in November and coming back in March with a new user name and hoping no one will notice it's you that's come back again
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 09, 2010 11:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

keep em coming I know you want to Wink
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 09, 2010 11:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

You're such a wag, Martyn. Oh, go on then. Twisted Evil

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PostPosted: Tue Mar 09, 2010 12:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bah, you beat me to it with that last one, Kay...

# Just saying 'hi' on the Introductions Forum

# Welcoming more established members of the board with your first post

# Saying stuff like 'nice post' or 'thanks for the info' in order to up your post count
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 09, 2010 12:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

# "Recommending" services as though you have no association (see this one for a good example, made worse by denying it all!)
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 09, 2010 2:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

# Thinking that rules are something that only apply to everyone else

# Setting up multiple aliases to ask yourself a question so you can seemingly innocently post your links with your answer
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 09, 2010 2:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

# Not reading the rules in the first place

# Behaving with total lack of netiquette

# Posting drivel and completely pointless threads
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 09, 2010 11:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

paul wrote:
# "Recommending" services as though you have no association (see this one for a good example, made worse by denying it all!)


just read it - lmao
especially the bit where you said "You're B A N N E D" with a smiley waving goodbye.
you should cobble together the best of these, put into an ebook and publish. It would certainly get lots on interest in the forum Very Happy
Maybe provide a free copy to anyone in need of a little, er, redirection.

Martyn Very Happy
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 10, 2010 3:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice idea, Martyn, but you're three years too late.

I got so fed up with people doing stupid things on our place that Dave and I spend an afternoon cobbling together a little site to let off steam.

http://www.dont-be-a-twit.com/

Thanks for reminding me - that's yet another website I forgot I owned. Laughing
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PostPosted: Tue May 04, 2010 2:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Some really good points, continuing your education is vital at any stage of your career in you intend to progress.

I was listening to Tim Campbell (winner of the first Apprentice) speak at the IOD conference this week (T-Mobile sponsored the event, so I was able to attend). Anyway, Tim was saying that the one thing he puts above everything else when starting a new business venture is passion, which is an essential point.

Tim went on to say that his first business didn't take off because he didn't have that passion to keep working on it through thick and thin, yet has had more success with the ideas that he really believes in.

Of course perspective on things too is important, but all in all it's a pretty good piece of advice.
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PostPosted: Tue May 04, 2010 3:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ryan T-Mobile wrote:
I was listening to Tim Campbell (winner of the first Apprentice)


That thing is still going...? And someone from it has actually been heard of again?

As for passion - probably the key element although I suppose a passion to make a lot of money and sell might count, but some of the happiest business owners I've seen (mostly on the tele) are those who actually want to be doing what they're now doing. Might not make them millionaires, but at least they want to get up in a morning.

Maybe this should be the next government initiative to help small businesses. Scrap all the enterprise rubbish and the Business Link waste of money and simply tell people when they hit a certain age that they can escape and if they have a passion then they can setup with a little government help on their own. Might get us out of the current mess too.

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