Sometimes it is only possible for a small business to learn by making a mistake. A small mistake often serves as a warning that something might go seriously wrong in the future and provides an opportunity for you to make a change before that happens. Here are some of the things you can learn when it all goes wrong:
Re-focus on Priorities: If things go wrong it often makes you realise that you have strayed a long way from your original business plan. It is sometimes for the best if your business gets back to basics, even if it is just on a temporary basis.
Overcoming Fear: Often you will find that the irrational fear something might go wrong is much more damaging for your business than when things actually do. Fear is a large psychological barrier for many people and it can paralyse the progress of your business.
Forget ‘perfection’: Once you make your first mistake it will help you to realise that however hard you try, your business will never be perfect. This should help you to relax a bit and enjoy running your business a bit more.
Get real!: Small business owners often have unrealistic expectations for their business. If you re-evaluate what your company is potentially able to achieve, you may decide that what you initially thought was a failure was really not that bad.
Learn and move on: Don’t dwell and obsess on the mistakes that you make. As long as you are able to learn from it, failure is just another step on the path to success.