6 Common Preventable Errors That Slow Businesses Down

Running a successful business is a tedious task. Things can quickly go wrong and fix those mistakes and errors takes valuable time and effort out of your day.

Here are six common preventable errors that slow businesses down, and tips on how to correct them.

1. Finance: Making Payments

Common payroll mistakes include late payments, improper payroll records, the misclassification of employees, and the submission of incorrect employee details. Payroll mistakes are not limited to a specific type of business. All businesses can be affected by these mistakes. Correcting these mistakes can be a hassle, which is why you need to implement the correct software. Software, such as Bacs faster payments helps you get the job done instantaneously and without hassle. You can process payments quicker and gain peace of mind knowing they are safe and secure.

2. Marketing Errors: Don’t Be Cheap

Many businesses avoid hiring professional marketers because they think their product or service is so great they do not need to market it. Improper marketing, or the absence of marketing, prevent your business from growing and creates problems down the line. Business marketing is not cheap, but it is necessary.

Some business owners are under the impression that social media is enough to provide their services or products with the exposure it needs to be successful. But, social media marketing alone will not give you viral results and will not get the job done. Proper business marketing techniques attract customers and turn them into potential buyers. Instead of avoiding the marketing aspect of your business and risking a pitfall, hire a professional marketer to help your business climb higher up the success ladder.

3. Technology Errors: Upgrade It

A lot of businesses try to cut corners and save money by purchasing low end and outdated technology. Not having equipment that is capable of performing your every-day tasks will ultimately prevent you from completing your job to a high standard, impacting customer satisfaction levels. Don’t cut corners with technology, even if it means upgrading your equipment a little bit at a time. Although the starting costs may be high, you’ll save in the long run as they will be far less likely to need repairs or replacements.

Every business needs a trusted legal advisor. If you are one of many business owners who believe they can get by without one, you are sadly mistaken. No business intends on mishaps occurring, but they do, and one of the best ways to handle legal mishaps is to be prepared. You never know when a lawsuit will come about, so you’re going to want someone on your side who has your best interests in mind. Whether you have little or extensive knowledge regarding business law, a professional will help you get through the process.

5. Technology Errors: Do You Understand?

You may have ample knowledge about the technology in your office, but if there is something you don’t understand, don’t be afraid to hire someone who does. Letting your pride get the best of you and being determined to solve the issue yourself may only create more problems. Getting a professional in to fix your faulty equipment may come at a cost, but if you were to attempt to repair it and it broke further, you’d only have to pay to replace it anyway.

6. Finance Errors: Not Assigning Clear Budgets

One of the worst things you can do is create projects without a budget in mind. Overspending quickly becomes a problem, so each project needs a clear budget to ensure the funds go where they are supposed to and make sure spending limits are not exceeded. Hiring a financial planner, advisor or manager is the best way to avoid this problem.

These six common business problems can happen to anyone. Luckily, there are a few ways they can be fixed. Running a business is not easy, but following these tips will help a great deal.

Dragan Sutevski

Posted by Dragan Sutevski

Dragan Sutevski is a founder and CEO of Sutevski Consulting, creating business excellence through innovative thinking. Get more from Dragan on Twitter. Contact Dragan