Starting a business can be challenging in the best of times. If you want to be a successful entrepreneur, you need to develop good habits — and work on getting rid of poor habits.

While not every bad habit you have will ruin your business, there are some habits that can cause problems as you work toward success. As you consider what’s next for you and your business, here are 3 habits to avoid:

1. Neglecting Your Health

You might be surprised at how important your health can be to your business. First of all, when you aren’t taking good care of your health, it’s harder for you to concentrate and make good decisions. Successful entrepreneurs know how to focus, and they also need to be able to make the right choices for their businesses.

While poor health won’t ruin your business in the short-term, in the long-term it can take its toll. Consider what happens if you are always tired, or if you eat poorly and aren’t able to think things through effectively. Exercise is also important. Taking care of your physical health can make you more likely to deal with the stresses that come with starting a business.

Making the right tweaks to your daily schedule, and focusing on your health can help make you a better entrepreneur. Don’t discount the power of good health. Work on changing your health habits so that you live better and your business will benefit.

2. Working Too Much

One of the realities of starting a business is that it’s hard work. You really do have to work extra-hard to get a successful business off the ground. However, even with all the work and discipline that go into entrepreneurship, it’s still possible to work too much. And that lack of balance in your life can ruin your business.

Knowing when to quit for the day, or knowing when to take a break, is important. There are times that I head to the woods and I don’t do any work for two or three days. These experiences help me reset and give me much-needed perspective.

It’s also important to maintain other parts of your life. Your business won’t thrive if you end up going into a downward spiral because working too much ruined your marriage or upset your relationships with your children. Make time for the important people in your life, and know when it’s ok to delegate and outsource. As your business improves and as you find success, you’ll have more flexibility. Not only that, but you’ll be a better entrepreneur when you have things in your life to balance you out.

3. Poorly-Managed Finances

While you do want to keep your personal finances separate from your business finances, you should pay attention to some of the ways that poor financial habits can bleed over into your business. First of all, not understanding how money works and how to use it can ruin your business because you won’t “get” how to use the money you make to the best advantage for your entrepreneurial efforts.

On top of that, your bad financial habits can lead to health problems and other issues. How can you focus on building your business when you’re stressed out about your personal debt? This personal consideration can easily get in the way of the efforts you’re making to build your business and be successful.

Make sure that you are on top of the situation, and that you have your finances in order so that you don’t ruin your business through your bad habits.


Best known as an Entrepreneur and Connector. John was recently named #2 on Top 50 Online Influencers in the World by Entrepreneur Magazine as well as a blogging expert by Forbes. He is the Founder and CEO of Due.

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