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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.

Profiling the Best Burger Chains in America

Once upon a time, Americans had two options to alleviate their beef binging desires: visit a fast food jointor go to a traditionalsit-down restaurant. The former often offered sub-par meals, while the latter required too much of a commitment of both time and money. The people demanded a happy medium, where they could be chowing down on quality eats within minutes of ordering.

SBA Loans - Still Available?

There’s been a lot of negative news these past few weeks related to business lending. You’ve probably heard there’s a credit freeze and you may think that means nobody’s lending. But Don Johnson, owner of Diamond Financial Services, New Jersey, says that’s a misconception. “Our company works with over 25 lenders so we really know what’s going on with the state of SBA and franchise lending. We’re prequalifying a little more carefully, but our success rate is still high. In the media it’s all doom and gloom, but loans are getting approved. You just have to know how to do it. Most people don’t know how to do projections or put together a loan package. Over 80% of loans get declined due to packages that aren’t complete or correct. And the rest is simply not going to the right type of lender. The money is out there, you just have to know where to go.”

Why Are Other People Opening Franchises? And Why Should I?

This came as a little bit of a surprise to me.but at the end of the day it makes sense. Franchises might be a good opportunity for people to make a change in their lives, but at the end of the day they are a major investment. And as with all major investments you’re probably making it with the intention of making money. So if you are thinking of opening your own franchise to make more money, have more flexibility, or have a more fulfilling career you’re not alone.