PlanWare - Home: business, plan, software, free, financial, model, budget, forecast, plan, planner, planning, projection, template, statement, analysis, business plan, business plan software, business planning, business planner, financial projections, financial planning, cash flow, cashflow, strategy, strategic
Software & free templates for business plans, financial projections, cashflow forecasting plus free business plan tools, models, samples, guides & planning papers
Financial
Projection
Software
Cashflow
Forecasting
Software
Business
Plan
Software
Marketing
Plan
Software
Strategic
Planning
Software
Business
Plan
Guide
Business
Planning
Freeware
Online
Planning
Tools
Business
Planning
Papers
Other
Items

PlanWare's Blog

Blog Home  Bookmark and Share

May 2012 Archives

Business failure is a distinct possibility for many businesses, especially for start-ups during the so-called three-year "valley of death". A key to getting through these years is to avoid the obvious mistakes. Generally speaking, businesses fail for significant and substantial reasons which are often very evident to outsiders. Insiders often fail to see them because of their closeness, determination and so on. Areas where failure is most likely to occur include finance. markets/sales, offerings, management and operations. See a detailed listing of possible reasons for business failure.

Clearly, there are very many reasons as to why businesses fail. The key point is that causes are usually very apparent (especially with hindsight) and the trick is to anticipate them by executing appropriate tactics and strategies from the outset. Three examples:

  • Use market research to confirm demand and assess suitability of proposed offerings.
  • Create a management team to offset any gaps in experience or expertise.
  • Raise equity to reduce exposure to interest rate changes, reduce gearing etc.

Given that reasons for failure are often both simple and clear, it should (in theory) be possible to reduce the possibility of failure through prior experience, forethought and effective planning.

For more information, see Devising Business Strategies, Developing a Strategic Business Plan and Writing a Business Plan. Also look at and/or participate in the online poll on Strengths & Weaknesses of Businesses.

About this Archive

This page is an archive of entries from May 2012 listed from newest to oldest.

February 2012 is the previous archive.

Find recent content on the main index or look in the archives to find all content.

Top of Page

Financial
Projection
Software
Cashflow
Forecasting
Software
Business
Plan
Software
Marketing
Plan
Software
Strategic
Planning
Software
Business
Plan
Guide
Business
Planning
Freeware
Online
Planning
Tools
Business
Planning
Papers
Other
Items