The Most Difficult Obstacles for Startups

by / ⠀Career Advice Startup Advice / November 23, 2021
The majority of startup manuals discuss the processes required to take a business from concept to exit. Is your strategy fully in place yet?

The majority of startup manuals discuss the processes required to take a business from concept to exit. Is your strategy fully in place yet?

Adhering to the right startup measures is, of course, easier said than done.

Nurturing any business is a challenge. Each step takes a different skill set. The obstacles are multifaceted. Difficult. Puzzling. And frustrating. Can startup founders keep their patience, keep their head? That’s the difference between getting a green light and a red light.

This article has the most typical and deadly obstacles company founders experience. It also includes advice to help you overcome them.

1. Identifying a Genuine Issue with Your Startup

A legitimate market need is numero uno and may be the most crucial difficulty that a business entrepreneur encounters.

Who wants your idea? Why do they want it? How many want it? Have you done any research? And if so, how much? The Wright Brothers did an incredible amount of research before Kitty Hawk. You can get spectacular returns on your investment. But only if you do the primordial spadework first.

Domain expertise is the most effective startup weapon for overcoming this obstacle. Another way to obtain this insight is to speak with your target clients.

2. Identifying a Startup Solution That Meets Your Customers’ Requirements

Unfortunately, finding the correct answer is just as difficult once you’ve identified genuine market demand. As a result, verifying your company concept before spending significant effort or money into developing it has become industry standard.

Presales testing is an excellent technique to assess the solution-problem fit. If you obtain traction, it’s a good indicator that you should move on to an MVP.

Always review your proposed solution. Always. Measure twice and cut once.

Check your market figures repeatedly. Then check them again. Then have an assistant check them. Product development is an editing process. Constant adjustment is expensive. But in the long run, it saves money. And increases customer satisfaction.

3. Obtaining Startup Funding Without Giving Up Focus on Your Product

Finding a real problem and developing a feasible solution can typically be done on a shoestring budget. However, as you start growing your product and scaling your business, you’ll need money — most projects are too time-consuming to undertake on your own, and paying others costs money.

Finding investors for your business concept is difficult. Just 0.5 percent of entrepreneurs are successful in raising a VC round.

Even if obtaining cash is difficult in and of itself, the main problem is continuing to manage and expand your business while fundraising. The two tasks frequently add up to the effort of two full-time jobs.

Unfortunately, putting your venture on hold until you secure funding is seldom a good idea. Investors won’t be interested in your company if you can’t show the actual results. The majority of investors would board the train only if they knew it would leave with or without them.

4. Recruiting the Right People for a Positive Work Environment

When you have the financial means to recruit people, attracting the appropriate individuals to your project may make or break it.

Rushing to recruit too many people too soon is one of the most prevalent startup hiring blunders. “Hire slow, fire quickly” is a cliché for a reason, and it’s especially true in the startup world. The crew is the company’s most valuable asset in an early-stage business. Finding the proper initial recruits, as a result, is the seed that will allow you to grow a productive startup culture.

Bad early hiring may create a negative culture. It will surely spread as your company grows and expands.

5. Achieving Work-Life Harmony

Last but not least, finding adequate time and energy for your personal life is one of the most difficult aspects of operating a firm.

The young CEO will always be faced with a dilemma. Which is more important, work or life?

Time is cash in the bank. Don’t waste it on profitless ventures. At work or at home.

Growing income is easy if you discover the knack. And the knack is different for each business. Growing as a professional takes place at work. But it also takes place at home.

Obstacles will be easier to manage. The key to startup balance is to set boundaries and then stick to them. Another way of putting that is: set your priorities and don’t vary from them.

It’s important to bring in others for consensus when creating your goals and priorities. When it comes to personal time and family time, make sure to include your spouse and older children, perhaps even parents. Of course, you cannot schedule your life completely to their liking. No one can. But you’ll receive some valuable advice if you’ll keep an open mind.

The same goes for coworkers and colleagues at work. Let them know how you prioritize your day. And take a moment to hear them out. And again, you might be surprised at the useful input you get. Another added benefit to consulting with others is that once they know what your goals are they will most likely want to help you. That’s never a bad thing.

About The Author

Kimberly Zhang

Editor in Chief of Under30CEO. I have a passion for helping educate the next generation of leaders.