Starting a business is hard. You’re shocked, right? Of course, everyone is aware that running a business comes with a whole host of challenges that even the most experienced entrepreneur can sometimes struggle with. Things can be especially tricky when your business is fairly new, and you’re not that experienced.

Of course, when your startup is first getting off the ground, everyone expects you to make mistakes, that how you grow and improve. But some mistakes can be more serious than others, and there are some mistakes that are better if you avoid them entirely. With that in mind, here are some of the most common startup mistakes, and how you can avoid them.

Tax returns

Taxes are complicated. Not only that but they’re also kind of boring. This is hardly going to be news to anyone, but if you’re the owner of a business, then you’re going to have to get over that fact pretty quickly. Filing your tax returns on time and accurately is incredibly important and if you’re doing it properly, then you could end up in some pretty serious trouble.

Luckily there are plenty of companies out there that offer tax services in order to help guide you through the whole process. That way you can be sure that your taxes are always paid on time and in the right amounts. Of course, if your budget doesn’t stretch to an accountant then you might want to try one of the many pieces of accounting software that are available online.


The most common marketing mistake among a lot of startups isn’t actually what you might expect. You might assume that the problem is not paying enough attention to your marketing, or thinking it’s not important. In fact, the most common issue that a lot of startups have is that they use too much marketing. That might sound a little odd, but marketing works much better when it’s carefully focussed.

By trying to spread your marketing to as wide an audience as possible then you’re just going to end up wasting time and generating marketing that is so broad that it doesn’t really appeal to anyone. You’re much better off with more specific marketing that is designed to engage with a well-researched core demographic.


Ambition is good. Without ambition, it’s likely that you would never have started your business in the first place and it’s that same ambition that’s going to help you grow and improve. However, it’s important not to let that ambition get the best of you. You should always be aware of where you are as well as where you’re going. Trying to reach too far ahead it going to leave you in a rather precarious position.

Most businesses grow quite gradually for a reason. It’s because they need to make sure that they have a solid foundation of infrastructure, capital, and customers in order to have something to build on top of. Without those things then you’re essentially going to be building a castle made of sand at high tide.