7 Mistakes to Avoid When Starting an Online Business

7 Mistakes to avoid when starting an Online Business

You do not start an online business just by having a thought of it. Like you wake up one day, get motivated to start an online business and go ahead with your idea.

No, it does not happen that way. But this is what most of the people do, and when the plan fails, the excitement fades away. I do not want you to have the same thought process.

Hence, in this article, I will be sharing some of the commonly made mistakes, which you should avoid when starting an online business.

1. Starting a business only to make money

Though the primary motive for starting any kind of business is to make money, it shouldn’t be the sole purpose. If you are thinking only about monetary benefits, you will likely fail very early.

Starting an online business requires your commitment towards your idea which you want to convert into reality. Until and unless you have the passion and dedication for it, you will not succeed.

Focus on making it a success, the money will automatically fall into place. Do not be money-minded from the very beginning.

2. Not having a plan

As I said earlier, you do not start an online business just because your brain got hit with an amazing idea. It is easy to think but hard to implement. Unless you put it into practice, you would not be able to achieve the desired results.

I am not saying that you should have a pre-defined roadmap set in your mind. It is impossible as you cannot easily identify what needs to be done at what step in the very starting.

But, have a plan. Think of how you are going to approach the idea of making your online business a success. Put simply, there must be an overview in your mind.

3. Thinking too much


Timing is everything when it comes to starting an online business. You cannot just think and think and not take action.

Like I said in my above point as well, you need to put your ideas into practice. Do not delay your launch. The determination can mellow down with time.

Start researching your niche, identify your competitors, analyze the competition, and figure out the target audience. Work on the process. You cannot wait for things to fall perfectly into place until you execute it.

4. Expecting quick success

Any kind of business, be it online or offline, takes time to settle. You cannot taste success overnight. Many businesses do not make the profit in the first year. Some take even more time. You need to be patient. There is no shortcut to success.

Keep working hard. Put continuous efforts. Focus on setting up your brand in the online market, and making it popular among your target audience. Success will follow.

You will only end up disappointing yourself if you think you can achieve success within a short period. Most importantly, do not let this thought get the better of you. You can get frustrated and might even give up on your business idea.

5. Not considering the “Money” factor


No matter what ideas you have and how optimistic you are about their success, the “money” factor is probably something that brings in the risk among people.

You need money to start a business, and it is obvious to fear about running out of pockets if it doesn’t succeed.

Know beforehand how much cash you have got and how much you are willing to put in the business till it is successfully set up.

Online businesses often face financial problems due to which they are left with no other option except shutting down the business. So, do keep the money factor in your mind.

6. Overlooking customer service

Internet is a virtual world and online business is all about virtual shopping. People make a purchase based on assumptions, especially on a newly launched website.

I mean, if you have just started your online business, people would not put their trust in your brand straight away. It will develop over time with the quality of services you provide and the quality of “customer service”.

So, it is not just about offering your products or services. The job does not end there. It is not a one-way cycle. Customers will return to your website with some issues in the product.

Be prepared to address your customers’ concerns. Have a clear idea of how you are going to resolve your customers’ queries.

7. Going for every social media platform

Business owners or marketers are very keen on marking their presence on every social media network. With no plan and marketing strategies, they just create their brand page to mark their availability. Later, they find it challenging to manage every platform.

Moreover, due to the inactivity in the pages for a longer period, the audience does not take their presence on social media seriously.

Do not make this mistake. Start with only one platform, or a maximum of two, and that too only if you feel you can manage them comfortably. If you are a B2C business, Facebook or Instagram would be the best option, while LinkedIn and Twitter would be ideal if you are into B2B business.

Final Thoughts

Some other mistakes that online business owners generally make is focusing too much on the lesser important stuff, not defining a target audience, ignoring the legalities, not having a plan to build the email list, etc.

Avoid making the above-mentioned mistakes. When you are aware of the mistakes beforehand, you are more successful in your plans.

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Manish Barthwal

Manish Barthwal

Following his passion for writing, Manish has been providing value to his readers through his write-ups. He predominantly writes for the e-commerce industry. Apart from writing, Manish's love for cricket is unmatchable. He is an ardent cricket fan.

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