Becoming an entrepreneur is the dream of many, and that’s understandable, seeing as it comes with a lot of amazing benefits. However, when they finally achieve this dream, a large percentage of people often end up with failed businesses.
Based on information from the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, over 20% of startup businesses fail within the two years of establishment and about 50% by the fifth year. Overall, it was concluded that 75% of new businesses don’t make it to the 15th year. This is mostly a result of some rather common mistakes that could be easily avoided.
Sebastian Scheplitz, Founder and CEO of an agency network of five agencies and two e-commerce businesses, has had his fair share of problems between being in a coma, being bullied, and being unemployed. Before founding his first company, he got a degree in international marketing, PR, and business. And now, his content marketing agency for the iGaming industry, Translation Royale, has grown to become one of the top three agencies in Europe for this expertise. Shortly after, he created four more agencies, The Content Spa, Hotcopy Asia, Mastercut Video, and oak & bao, and has started two e-commerce brands.
Sebastian provides insight on some of the 5 most common mistakes first-time entrepreneurs make:
Not Having a Clear Plan and Business Strategy
The current business world is developing rapidly and therefore becoming more complicated and competitive. This is why it is more important now than before to always have a clear plan and sound business strategy. Entrepreneurs have to stand out in the market, so copying the business strategy of another business and hoping it works out may end up being disastrous for the business.
Improvising when it comes to business strategy is also not encouraged as it can often lead to a waste of capital and resources. Sebastian suggests that you have clear goals to succeed: “Don’t say you want to make more in sales; say ‘I want to sell x number more. This means x phone calls per day/x amount of ad spend more.’ Don’t say, ‘My own business would be nice’ say ‘On Saturday, I’m planning to research business ideas for four hours; and on Sunday I’m going to research competitors for each. This weekend I’m going to write a short non-detailed business plan, and print it, laminate it – so I can work with it going forward.’”
Having a Bad Support System
One of the best traits of a successful entrepreneur is accepting that you can’t handle everything alone. So you need to create a support system of people who can contribute to your goal and give you the moral support you need on your goal. According to Sebastian, nothing ruins your life and, therefore, your business more than toxic people.
The business world can be a risky place. There are factors you cannot control, like the fluctuations in the global market and environmental factors. But there are also factors you can control, and one of them is your support system. This is why you should not take it for granted.
Waiting Too Long To Launch
A lot of first-time entrepreneurs end up wasting a lot of time overthinking the same things. They always want to launch the perfect product and end up delaying the launch. But the longer the delay in launching, the more they will start to obsess over inconsequential details. Sebastian advises that you should not fall for the trap of over-researching and over-strategizing.
Waiting too long to launch can lead to a significant waste of time, capital, and resources to create a product that does not align with the consumer’s needs. The best thing to do is to launch an MVP, a minimum viable product, test for market fit, determine areas that can be improved and modify the product as time goes on. Think of it this way, iPhone 12 is a long way from iPhone 1.
Not Having a Target Audience
One of the most common mistakes first-time entrepreneurs often make is not researching the market properly to determine their target audience. It is very inefficient to build a product for every possible audience. Although everyone is a potential customer, without a target audience, even the greatest marketing campaigns can become useless once the message is misdirected.
So, in order to create a successful marketing campaign, it is important to narrow down your target audience. While researching your target audience, you need to understand all their pain points. You can even create different campaigns to target different groups for the same products. However, Sebastian recommends that you start with one of them first and focus your efforts on this group instead of trying to appeal to everyone.
Not Having a Good Work-Life Balance
New business owners are often tempted to always put their business first and neglect other aspects of their life. However, this can be very harmful to both your business and your personal life. It is important that you dedicate adequate time for both your personal and business life because any negative effects on your personal life will affect your business and vice versa.
Sebastian, who also spent time on Japanese Studies at university, explains that according to Ikigai, a Japanese concept referring to something that gives a person a sense of purpose in their lives, there are four pillars to find happiness. They are work life, relationships, wealth, and health. He further explained that if you leave one out, your life will lose its stability. You can always choose to emphasize one or two of them for a short period. But ultimately, your life, and therefore, the business will only run smoothly if all of them are stable.
Launching a business is the simple part; even if it doesn’t always feel like it, keeping the business alive can be even more challenging. Statistics have shown that the odds might not be in favor of new businesses.
Despite this, one should not despair because the reason why most new businesses fail can be traced back to a few common mistakes; Not having a clear plan and business strategy, Having a bad support system, Waiting too long to launch, Not having a target audience and Not having a good work-life balance.
So as long as you work hard and avoid these common mistakes, your chance of creating a successful business is very high.
This is how Dorart Ibrahimi grew a million-dollar company at just 16
Social media can be a tricky and tough place to navigate and understand especially when it comes to content creators and businesses to grow their reach and customers. While social media platforms like Instagram, Facebook and Twitter are known to be marvellous places to monetise and reach out to the right people, it can be challenging for those who do not understand the first thing about them.
This is why there are organisations and institutions that help influencers, businesses and content creators in reaching the right audience, growing their outreach and networking with the right people.
One such person who has done immensely well in the world of social media is Dorart Ibrahimi.
16-year-old Dorart has started an Organic Growth Program which is the most unique and outstanding scheduled program ever made where businesses and individuals will be guaranteed to achieve success on Instagram, in the form of likes, followers and everything that Instagram has to offer.
At the age of just 16, Dorart is the owner of DORART MGMT LLC, which is a million-dollar company that has successfully surpassed $2 million in sales within two years of beginning.
Born and raised in Kosovo, Dorart is ethnically Albanian. While Dorart was raised in a middle-class household, his parents were extremely intellectual and taught him a lot about life. A lot of his significant business learnings came from hanging out with the biggest business venture partners in Kosovo. Dorart began admiring them and this is where his passion for making money and becoming a businessman at such a young age was born.
Starting during the pandemic, Dorart began the organisation as a fun meme page after which he decided to grow his personal standing where he found it was possible to make money from advertising.
It was Dorart’s love for social media and content promotion that led him to build DORART MGMT LLC as its owner and founder and grow the organisation to 59 employees who, as per Dorart, “make thousands of dollars a month each”.
Dorart has a $500,000 worth and he plans to grow it to at least a few million in the next year.
His extreme talent, a knack for social media and a deep understanding of Instagram, as a platform, is what has led Dorart to where he is today.
Dorart has future plans to turn his organisation into an Incorporation where he will be starting various online businesses and services in different fields in real life.
Not just that, to impart his knowledge and learning from the world of social media, Dorart will also be beginning a Mentorship Group where he will be teaching millions how to make money and how to build a successful marketing agency.
With just two years with him, Dorart has been able to build and grow his business to having over $500,000 worth. His plans include growing and building his business further along with expanding into other ventures. While he plans to grow the worth of his company to $2 million until next year, he ultimately plans to grow it into one of the biggest incorporations in the world.
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