Tips for overcoming startup challenges

startup challenges

Every business faces challenges in the initial stage of its formation. Startups being small organizations face more challenges than usual due to several reasons like limited funds, limited resources, and the hiring of employees. A successful entrepreneur is one who faces all the challenges and finds out effective solutions for them. It involves deep analysis and study of the problems. Equity dilution is important as it directly affects decision-making.

Below mentioned are some of the very common challenges being faced by startup and solutions to overcome such challenges:

  • Recruiting the right person
    The right person decides the failure or challenges of the startups business. The right employee brings in creative ideas for the business. The skill set and talent of an employee make the organization grow. A perfect team with the right people increases the productivity of the business. With the help of skills, they increase the month-on-month profit of the business and help in finding out the ways in which cost can be reduced and ensures that there is minimal wastage of raw materials. To ensure effective work from the beginning, the entrepreneur should start recruiting certain experts from various industries to get ideas for effective working. One needs to study the need of the business and hire employees accordingly.
    For example: Hiring an experienced market researcher for the development of a product is very important in the initial stages of a business.
  • Managing Finances and Finding Investors
    One of the biggest hurdles for an entrepreneur to cross is the arrangement of funds and finding suitable investors. There should be a proper debt and equity ratio in the business to maintain profits. Additional funds always increase productivity but also create problem with stock management and disposal of unsold stock. Thus, it is important to invest funds rationally to stop wastage. Misuse of funds and poor management of investors and employees can lead to the shutdown of the startup business before it achieves the excellence that it is capable of. Improper management of funds includes: under or overpricing of goods or services, deficit capital, and excess monthly expenditure into unnecessary things, etc.
    Various accounting methods and investors having financial expertise help to solve the problem of fund management in the business.
  • Customer acquisition[1]
    A business is a setup to serve the needs of people and earn profits in the long run. The biggest challenge faced by startups is the acquisition of customers for their products or service. Without having sufficient customers to use the products, the business will cease to exist at a later stage.
    There are several ways to acquire customers. Some of the ways include the promotion of products by way of social media and word of mouth. The people who have already used the products, if they are satisfied with the quality and quantity of the product, generally have the tendency to share their reviews with their friends and family. It is one of the crucial ways to acquire customers as people believe upon the reviews of the already existing buyers.
    One can contact social media influencers for promotion of his business through social media platforms. Other ways include mentioning hashtags in their websites to increase their traffic with the help of search engine optimization tools.
    Acquisition of customers is not a one-time responsibility of an entrepreneur. An entrepreneur needs to constantly work upon fulfilling the needs of their customers. Excellent before and after-sale services should be provided to them and ensure that the quality for which the customer paid initially doesn’t get affected negatively but is improved from time to time. The use of low-quality raw materials in order to save money after acquiring a huge market might make the startup suffer financial losses and poor customer retention.
  • Challenges in profit generation of startups
    When the startup is at its initial stage, where the product is in the research and development stage, it is not possible to generate revenue from the product. Thus, the business might lack funds. In order to ensure the flow of capital, the entrepreneur can seek grants and raise money through investors. The business should not dilute a huge percentage of its business to attract investments as it creates a problem with raising other investments in future when the need for funds arises again.
    Earning profits at the initial stages is a big challenge. An entrepreneur can generate income by providing extra services to over the challenge and achieve profits.
  • Regulatory compliance
    Every organization has to oblige to certain sets of rules and regulations applicable to them. In the initial stage, it is difficult to comply with all the regulations from a huge set of statutes. Thus, one needs to appoint an expert in this field or recruit personnel dedicated to compliance with regulations.
    To ensure that the entrepreneur is up-to-date with all the latest legal notifications, he can approach organizations which provide free-of-cost legal consultancies to startups in order to support them.
  • Fierce Competition
    Survival is important and tough in a market full of competitors. Startups face huge challenges while competing with the already existing giant business. An entrepreneur must actively participate in knowing their customer’s habits and the rate of repetition of orders. This information helps to plan out future business and marketing strategies for its growth and development. Maintaining good relations with the customers increases the repeat order rate.
    To go the extra mile from their competitor, an entrepreneur should examine the strategies being used by his competitor to attract customers and compare them with his strategies. This helps in modifying the strategies to compete in the industry.
    After acquiring a specific market, the entrepreneur should work on the development of new products to expand the business. But, there lies a need for constant management over both the existing and the new market to ensure profits from both markets. 
  • Company culture
    The culture of the company plays an important role in its growth. Every entrepreneur must have certain pre-decided goals and missions. Such goals must reflect in the activities of the startup to enhance the reliability of customers. If the employees are self-motivated, they also work for achieving the desired goal. A safe and healthy working environment ensures the growth of the startup. An entrepreneur needs to be a good manager who works in a democratic manner rather than behaving like an autocrat. He should take suggestions from stakeholders before making any final decisions. Such acts make the stakeholders happy, and the entrepreneur gets suggestions to make his product or service better and more efficient. There should be no favouritism or biasness amongst the employees as such behaviour disturbs the efficiency of the employees.
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‍To conclude, a startups has to face many challenges. From finding good investors to finding a niche market, there are several challenges. To overcome such challenges, the entrepreneur takes suggestions and opinions from several industry experts and excels in the market. This helps in avoiding failures. An entrepreneur should continuously work on the development of his product or service to make a difference in what the already businessman is providing.

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