In January 2019, I talked about financial and management pitfalls for growing small businesses at a professional networking group meeting. Last month in Part 1 of the two parts, we first focused on potential pitfalls related to lacking strategic goals and skills. Here in Part 2 I am listing some pitfalls related to leadership, internal teams and professional advisory, as well as staffing, legal, and insurance issues. Please note that the lists are not exhaustive.
Pitfalls – Lack of Delegation
Owner does it “all” to save time, money, control, etc.
Owner is “in” the business, not “on” the business with leadership visions and strategies.
Endless daily fire drills, exhaustion, lack of time to focus on growth of its brand, planning, direction.
Pitfalls – Staffing and Employment Risks
Hiring independent contractors vs. retaining W-2 employees.
No employee manuals; not following company’s policies and procedures.
Employees steal or misrepresent.
Difficulty in finding and retaining highly skilled employees that are a good fit.
Workplace is “like a family.” Allowing alcohol and causal behaviors.
Inability to set the right “tone” at top.
Pitfalls – Weak Corporate Team
Business owner is the only key person in the business; owner = business.
Hiring friends or family versus hiring employees with the appropriate skills.
Promoting friends or family members to higher levels of responsibility without training or ability.
Gaps in management team expertise.
Lack of separation of duties.
Pitfalls – Weak Advisory Team
Saving money by not using outside experts and having work done in house.
No succession plan or start too late.
Lacking strong relationships with various types of professional advisors.
Pitfalls – Legal Risks
Not in compliance with law – legal, employment, product, patent, tax, etc.
Lack of insurance – D&O, E&O, etc.
Pitfalls – Property Risks
No plans for catastrophic events.
Inadequate measures for safekeeping equipment, inventory, and other company assets.
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