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CAUTION: 5 Things to Avoid with Your Small Business

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There are a million things that you should be doing to get your business up and running like a pro; get active on Twitter, have great content on your blog, connect with people in your field, network, etc. Sometimes it seems that as long as you're working hard and doing everything possible, you will gain success. However, there are things that any entrepreneur should avoid doing, things that will actually hurt your company that must be avoided at all costs. Check out some of these pitfalls below, courtesy of The Toilet Paper Entrepreneur Blog.

Share the Wealth!

Idea wealth, that is. Many entrepreneurs are too scared to talk about their new idea because they think that somebody else will steal it! In more cases than not, nobody has the time, energy, resources or PASSION to turn that idea into a reality. Got an idea? Tell people about it! You'll beshocked at some of the great feedback you get.

Thanks to: Katie Shea of FUNK-tional Footwear.

Not Having A Business Plan

I learned that having a Business Plan is like having a Road Map, when I first started my business I did not have one, and so I seemed to be going nowwhere, and then a wise person told me to do one which I did, and all of a sudden the road to success became so much clearer, and as I followed the plan more and more opportunities for my business came my way. So I say to everyone now, get a business plan, include Marketing into your plan and follow the plan.

Thanks to: Robbie Motter of Robbie Motter dba/ContactsUnlimited.

Family "HELP"!

An entrepreneur's biggest mistake is accepting help from family particularly in the form of lawyer, accountant or partial partner. Entrepreneur's, you must separate yourself from the business...you are not the business! You need experts that will focus on the success of the business not worry about taking care of you. Enjoy family dinners and events without your business team in tow.

Thanks to: Vicki Donlan of VickiDonlan.

Avoiding A Closed Mindset

I'm lucky that I read Carol Dweck's book MINDSET: THE NEW PSYCHOLOGY OF SUCCESS before starting my social media marketing company. Dweck's premise is the need to have an open mindset -- be willing to fail -- in order to be able to move forward to success. Whenever something was difficult for me, I didn't give up. Instead I kept pushing through until I overcame the difficulty. Cultivating an open mindset can make a huge difference for any entrepreneur. Read this book and practice its tenets!

Thanks to: Phyllis Zimbler Miller of Miller Mosaic Power Marketing.

Making Exception To The Rules

In my biz, I am dealing with the public, clients and patients as they come through the door. Most are great and I try to treat everyone fairly and the same.

But there were times early on, that I let people talk me into doing something that I couldn't offer to everyone. Like picking up a patient. Well, that turned into picking up the patient every time, then picking up the patient and hauling client to work, and then the neighbor wants me to do the same for her...

So set boundaries.

Thanks to: Andy Mathis of Andy Mathis Art Co..

To see the full 100, check out The Biggest Business Mistakes to Avoid via The Toilet Paper Entrepreneur.

Talking with Current Franchise Owners

Reading through a FDD is a key part of your research, but it can’t answer all the potential questions you might have about how it is to actually operate a given franchise. The best way to do this is actually to start talking to current franchisees. The best way is to this is to call or visit a franchisee, don’t just email them. You might need to be a bit persistent, but if you are then you can get all of your questions and concerns answered.

What Does a Franchise Search Look Like

People often start off their search for franchises and aren't really sure what they want. They might know a facet of what they want, but they're not certain about everything they need to look into or think about. I thought it might be helpful for anyone interested in opening a franchise to get an idea of what everyone else is looking for. How the typical search goes before they connect with a franchise. What type of franchises people are typically looking for. And the most common reasons why people want to open a franchise.

The Franchise Site & Franchise Location Selection Worksheet

Identifying the major traffic patterns, the availability of parking close by, the cost of utilities, the rent per square foot and various other aspects are just a few of the factors to consider when locating your franchise site.