Business failure is not a simple concept to define; it is a constant process that directly depends on organization and how operations are done. The tipping point of failure occurs with the nature of the business, aftermath costs, financial costs and more. It’s not just the existence of these factors that enables success. The success factor depends on other various aspects of survival and growth.
The term failure can be described in different types:
Preventable Failure: Poor practices, lack of right talent, lack of awareness, avoiding the short details
Unavoidable failures: the need to rectify small failures that results in a complex one
Intelligent failures: faster failures that do not consume too many resources
Get involved with the failures of others: experience failure that makes learning more vivid
Historical failure: repeats the same mistakes
Passive failure: associates actions results from inaction
Here is the list of failure factors that include people, purpose, processes, customers, physical resources and more.
1) LACK OF PLANNING
The businesses fail because of the lack of short-term or long-term planning. The plan includes how your business would drive in the next years. What does your business want in the coming year? The plan sets organizational business goals, measures the result and achieve success.
The common components to plan include:
- Potential problems and solutions
- Financial: capital equipment and supply list, expense forecast
- Analysis of competition
- Description of the business
- Market analysis
- Marketing, advertising, and promotional activities
- Workforce needs
- Budgeting and managing company growth
2) LEADERSHIP FAILURE
Bring the right decisions from financial management to employee management; leadership failure drives down every aspect of your business. Improve the leadership skills that help to the steady growth of your business processes.
3) POOR MANAGEMENT
Sometimes micromanaging or inability to learn, lack of trust, working without standard or systems, poor communication, lack of feedback are the common failures for any business.
4) POOR LOCATION
If your business relies on foot traffic, location is a strategic necessity. A poor location might make your planning-acquisition costs too high. Also, the common macroeconomic factors like business cycles, recessions, wars, natural disasters, government debt determine the firm’s failure rates.
It is easy to define the mistake of expanding your business into too many verticals. Before you enter new markets make sure you maximize your existing market. Focus on slow and optimum growth to gain success. After thorough research and analysis process, focus on the right systems in order to expand your business.
6) INVENTORY ERRORS
Too little inventory will hurt your sales. Too much inventory will hurt your profitability. The proper management of inventory ensures availability of goods whenever there is a demand. The effective inventory management decides every industry verticals including sales activities, manufacturing, procurement activities and more.
When it comes to business success, take full control of these business failure tips to boost profitability and increase cash flow. Invoicera handles all the business metrics with proper account payables and account receivable management, keep track of inventory turnover and profit margins.
About the Author
Veronika Tondon is a business enthusiast. She writes about emerging technologies and opportunities for business. She is working as a Marketing Manager with Invoicera, a leading cloud invoicing solution.