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Top 7 Reasons Why a Business Fails

It’s hard to say goodbye. That’s not just a cliché. Saying goodbye is fairly tough—to a person; to your dream; to your cute little business! It’s tough to accept the fact when your business fails.

You had a dream… you had an idea… you wanted it to work, and you took the bold step to establish a business. But somehow things got haywire. When the circumstances demand the big decision, it is often heart wrenching to curb your emotions and take that big step.

After all, you have spent your money… you have spent your time… you have shed your tears, your blood, and your sweat to build your dream. By now you have an emotional attachment to your business. You feel shattered… you feel embarrassed… you feel ashamed.

Many thoughts run through your head. You console yourself with the thoughts of closing down for a while to get your act together, and starting again when you have the conducive environment. You find yourself determined to give your idea a second shot; albeit with the lessons you have learnt until now. You think about saving your assets until you are ready for the second stint. You consider the associated cost in holding on to the assets for all that time. And when you find it even more challenging to holding on to assets, it breaks you even more.

You ask yourself questions. What if I keep going for a little bit more before calling it a day? Will I really be able to start again? However, sticking on to the business that is not working is tough. You keep injecting money. You keep struggling with your staff, your clients, your sales, and more importantly, yourself.

Closing down a business is not for the faint hearts.

Really. But the good news is: closing down a business makes you tough and wise; only if you realize, that is.

When it is clear the business is failing, it is time to retrospect

What You Need When Your Business Fails?

All it is required to stand up again is courage, will and determination. Courage to face the situation and consequences of your decision to start again. Will to succeed in the face of all adversaries. Determination to make your dream come true.

Failure is not the end of the world. Failure is neither the opposite of success. On contrary, failure is the first step towards success.

Take the heart from what Thomas Edison said after his many unsuccessful attempts in making a light bulb:

“I have learned fifty thousand ways it cannot be done and therefore I am fifty thousand times nearer the final successful experiment.”

Thomas Edison

THIS is the mindset that gets you going. THIS is the mindset you need to achieve your dream.

Stop. Relax. And retrospect on what went wrong.

Why a Business Fails?

It is always good to think twice before starting a new business. According to an article published in Forbes, about 90% of startups fail globally. As a result, only one out of ten turns out to be a prosperous and sustainable business.

There could be several reasons why a business fails.

1. Choosing a Wrong Product

The biggest reason for a failed startup is creating a solution that never really had a problem. Fortune mentioned that about 42% of the startups fail because they work on a product that lacks market need.

You may have a great idea. You may consider your idea the best, and you perceive it to be loved by your clients too. But how would you know if your customers will actually like it? In fact, most entrepreneurs are afraid of their idea being rejected. When you are in love with your idea, I know it is difficult to hear any opposite opinions. But these are the opinions that can save you from even bigger heartbreak of seeing your business shutting down.

Unfortunately, most business owners start without proper market research. They go with their instincts, and just hope everyone likes it.

Lack of market research can be catastrophic for any business.

The method of conducting market research can be different for different businesses. Identify your niche, potential customers, and then depending on your business area, conduct your market research. If you are not sure about how you should proceed, check with the experts in your field. You can always find guidance on the internet on carrying out the market research specific to your business.

Whatever you do, do not ignore going through this extremely important process. As tiring or difficult as it may sound, but this is the number one effort that can grow or fail your business. Again, whatever you have to do to get this done, you must do it. Cannot emphasize enough.

2. Lack of Clear Vision

Many entrepreneurs start with the hazy picture of where they want to be, and what exactly they want to achieve. Without a clear vision, your business will be pulled in many different directions. It will be harder to create strategies, steer your business and grow accordingly.

If your business lacks direction, there is a little or no growth, you are having a hard time taking a decision, or you are experiencing costly delays, then your business lacks a long term vision. In this case, you immediately need to take action. You must set goals for your business, create a clear plan, define path, and stick to your vision all the way.

Keep in mind that plans are basically made to give your business a clear direction. Almost no plan goes hundred percent as it was originally planned. Changes to the plans are mandatory. However, those changes should not be at the cost of your vision.

Lacking of clear vision often turns the focus away from quality towards quantity. Many business owners start a business and try to take as much business as possible. In doing so, they become too diverse in their offerings, too often too quickly.

Having a clear vision will help you focus on what works in your business. It will allow you to take out anything that does not contribute towards your business goals. Having a clear vision also helps you in creating a compact marketing strategy. And, with a clear strategy, you can better define your market, your clients, and steps that you must take to achieve success.

3. Leadership’s Inability to Inspire

The leadership’s role is to create strategies, assemble teams, create work culture, provide guidance, and keep an eye on current and emerging business opportunities.

The ability for a leader to make everyone see what he or she is seeing is of vital importance. A leader must be able to transfer his or her vision to the team, so that the team works with the same energy and enthusiasm towards the goal.

Leadership should be able to demonstrate a constancy of character to attain trust, confidence and loyalty. As a business owner, you should be able to communicate your business vision to everyone that is associated with the business. Without having a strong character, it is not possible to pass on your mind and vision to the team.

4. Poor Management

It is the job of management to hire, train and mentor employees. If the employees are unable to get the work done, then the onus of failure falls on the management.

One of the common reasons why a small business fails is the owners’ inability to manage their team and business appropriately. While the owner may have the ability to create and sell a viable product or service, they often lack the qualities of a strong manager, or do not have adequate time to do so. Without a proper management team, there are high chances of mismanaging certain business aspects, such as finances, hiring, sales, marketing, and so on.

Smart business owners delegate the activities they do not perform well to someone who can. Therefore, it is important for the business owner to not only know his or her own abilities well, but also should be able to identify the abilities in his or her staff.

5. Lack of Finances

Another aspect of poor management results in the lack of finances. It is also one of the biggest reasons why a business fails. I will put the “lack of finances” again down to the management failure, because it is ultimately the management’s responsibility to appropriately manage business finances.

The business owners are usually more aware of their day to day expenses. They usually know their fixed and variable overhead expenses, such as salaries, rent, utilities, and so on. However, they are usually not totally aware of how much revenue they are generating through their sales of products or services. This disconnects leads to financial shortfall, which can quickly turn a business into a financial nightmare.

Moreover, the companies that operate in a highly saturated market, often provide their services or products at a far lower prices than their competitors. They do so with an intent to attract new customers. While this strategy is successful in some cases, keeping the prices too low for too long would ultimately result in shutting down the business. On the flip side, higher prices may result in good revenues, but should be backed with better quality, and smart sales and marketing strategies. If prices are not managed properly, the results would be unfavorable.

6. Poor Marketing

Small business owners often fail to prepare for the adequate marketing needs in their early marketing campaigns. Many business owners underestimate marketing requirements, and often miscalculate the capital required, customer reach, and customer conversion ratio projections.

Since marketing is crucial for the business, especially in the early stages, it is necessary to ensure that you have allocated sufficient budget for your marketing needs. Also, realistic projections related to customer reach, and sales conversion ratio is of critical importance for a successful campaign. Without proper consideration and planning, the marketing campaigns are more likely to fail, or eat more budget but still remain ineffective.

7. Failure to Adapt to the Changing Market

Business that do not timely adapt to the latest trends in the field are only just waiting for the failure. Most business changes occur due to increased competition, changed customer preferences or unpredictable economic environment.

As a business owner, you must keep yourself updated with the latest market trends, and how your competitors are adapting to these changes. And therefore, you should also adjust your business accordingly. In fact, more appropriately, you should be able to foresee the market changes in advance, and plan your strategy ahead of time.

The companies that deal with the continuous changes and turn the change into opportunity, will ultimately gain the competitive edge in the market. And the companies that fail to “ride the trend” often go down sooner than later.

We have seen many companies fail because they could not adapt to market change in time. For example, Nokia, who once was the biggest manufacturer of mobile devices, failed miserably because they could not keep pace with changing customer needs. They failed to catch up with Apple’s iPhone, resisted the change, and stubbornly stuck to Symbian OS, rather than adopting the Android OS like everyone else was doing. They could not improve their technology to match with that of Apple’s. So they ultimately ended up being sold to Microsoft.

So Why a Business Fails: Conclusion

Starting a business without a proper plan is a recipe of disaster.

If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail.”

Benjamin Franklin

To tell you the truth, businesses do not fail, but the leaders do. It basically all boils down to the leadership failure. It is ultimately the leadership’s responsibility to guide the business all along, and make the changes as necessary.

Some leaders are too tolerant or resistant to the idea of change. They are also afraid of doing experiments, and are not willing to appreciate a new idea. Then there are some leaders who are obsessed with the idea of perfection. So they press on things that are not necessarily required. Trying to achieve perfection is one of the biggest obstacles in growth.

Some leaders genuinely lack leadership or management skills that are required to run a smooth and successful business. If you happen to be such an aspiring leader, it is always a good idea to work with a business mentor that help you hone your skills to become a successful business owner.

Well, at the end of the day, as a business owner, if your business fails, you are only yourself to blame.

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How The Cosmetic Industry Took Over China

How The Cosmetic Industry Took Over China – At A Glance

Cosmetic procedures are becoming the new norm in China

Introduction

It is to no one’s surprise that China is one of the world’s fastest-growing countries. Not only in population statistics, but in technology, medical advancement, and now even in the cosmetic industry including cosmetic procedures. With the advancement of technology and the popularity of cosmetic products through social media, China; is being ahead of the rest of the world. When it comes to manufacturing and product supply, China is now being taken over by the cosmetic industry.

How the industry reels them in

The appeal is there!
Products that enhance your natural beauty, procedures that make you ageless, and an endless supply of products that accentuate your features. The pursuit of beauty truly knows no bounds. China has a huge population regardless and so even if the products are made in China, for the people in China, there is already a huge market already present.

Beauty supplies and make-up products, medical cosmetic procedures are also on the rise. Plastic surgery, Botox treatments, and skin procedures like Juvéderm are also very, very popular. Furthermore, the cosmetic industry is vast and diverse when it comes to procedures, products, and supply and because of this, it has become extremely accessible in China.

Cosmetic Industry Impact On Social Media
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rKWEut3WKAg

How The Cosmetic Industry Took Over China – In-Depth

It is a global truth: people want vanity. They are obsessed with looking their best because when people look their best, they feel their best. So, when people feel their best, they are more confident. For this reason, precisely, products or procedures that aid in them in feeling their very best selves are on the rise.

Companies are targeting the public by promising them their very best selves if they buy this product or that perfume or if they buy this vitamin supplement they’ll appear more beautiful. Because of this, this phenomenon has worked, all over the world! The demand for these products has gone sky high and to meet this and so has the supply.

In addition, companies, especially cosmetic companies and those that engage in cosmetic medical procedures are profiting heavily.

To answer the question of how exactly the cosmetic industry has taken over China plainly: social media influence, popularity, access to procedures and products, and hype.

Ladies are seen at a local cosmetic shop
https://www.chinadaily.com.cn/business/2016-07/06/content_25991436.htm

To answer the question of how exactly the cosmetic industry has taken over China in detail, let’s break these down:

Social Media Influence:

Living in the 21st century, we know how influential social media can
be. WeChat, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, Youku and Facebook are at the top of social media companies that promote brands.
In a country like China where the population is already so vast in
number, social media exists as one of the main influential tool
companies use to promote their products.

They do this by:

I. Promoting their brand and the brands’ products on people’s
home pages on social media platforms: e.g., people’s
Instagram’s home page

II. Hiring influencers or social media celebrities to talk about their products to their followers.
This helps in more and more people knowing about the brand and its products while also knowing all the qualities and attributes of the product for e.g., a lipstick and its shades, a coffee bean package, and its variations.

Companies also have the options of running ads.
By running ads of their products on social media, people have no choice but to engage with the posts that show the products. They can do this on all social media platforms like Youku, Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. All these actions result in the product getting more and more coverage, adding to its popularity which again, benefits the company as more and more people are interested in buying it

Popularity:

When a cosmetic product, procedure, or anything related to that is
launched to the public, a particular hype is created to let the public know a little bit about the product. Lots of companies do this. They do it sometimes by hiring billboards, digital ad space on TVs, newspapers excerpts, and in the digital age, creating ads. China is no exception to this.

When the cosmetic industry moves, it moves quickly and when such a huge population has your attention, your supply is sure to run out quick.

Popularity of a product or procedure especially those of cosmetic quality is an amazing tool to making business and the higher the popularity of your product, the more the public is interested in buying it. Popularity is something that everybody strives for when it comes to themselves and their businesses.

Access to products and procedures:

Globalization is a great tool. It promotes trends that may start
somewhere in some country, but if it picks up the pace, it starts trending all over the world. But China is different. As a communist country existing in today’s day and age, they encourage their public to use their own locally made social media apps. Despite them not being
so in touch with the outside world, China has still made its own trends that are made for and made by the Chinese public for themselves and by themselves.

Again, because of these trends and popularity, the access to getting these cosmetic procedures and products have become widely known. It is now very easy to go get your lips done, get Botox, and other procedures because of their sheer appeal created by social media and the access to which is very easy. The public is aware that these procedures are available in most places and they can get them at a reasonable price too. An endless supply of cosmetic products is also available to the public to buy.

All in all, the cosmetic industry is profiting heavily from China and its people. Medical cosmetic procedures that enhance one’s features are also an aspect of how the cosmetic industry has taken over the Chinese people with its appeal.

Conclusion

To sum this up, China is ultimately a huge marketplace. They have a very diverse population but the one thing that the majority has in common is the pursuit of vanity.

The cosmetic industry knows exactly this and therefore has put China at the top of the list of consumers they want to target. Be it cosmetic medical procedures or beauty product supplies, the cosmetic industry has taken a hold of the Chinese market.

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