3 Ways You're Making Starting a Business More Difficult Than It Should Be

If you make any of these three mistakes, you could get in your own way.

Free Preview: Start Your Own Business

Submit your email below to get an exclusive glimpse of Chapter 3: “Good Idea! How Do I Know If I Have a Great Idea for a Business?
Entrepreneur Leadership Network Writer
Freelance Writer
4 min read
Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own.

No one ever said starting a business was easy. In fact, many people would chime in with the old refrain, "If it was easy, everyone would do it." The fact of the matter is, not everyone is willing or able to start a business or side hustle. But for those who do, a winding road and roller coaster of a ride await.

In essence, it's going to be tough. It's what you signed up for. Did you also agree to make the road harder to tread by adding a 50-pound pack to your back? That's what you do when you make these three mistakes:

1. Doing everything alone

I know you want to be the Lone Ranger and muscle through every task of starting a business yourself. You reason it's because it will save you precious money you need for your startup. But is that the truth? Have you calculated the worth of your time?

It's a common misconception to believe you will save money by doing everything by yourself with little or no support. Perfectionism and Type A personalities can often get in the way of sharing the work. But if your time is better spent doing the things that will actually bring you money as opposed to obsessively checking and replying to emails, it's better you hire it out.

Related: 7 Myths About Starting a Business I That Used to Believe

2. Creating your own website

I've created many websites over the last 14 years. Some were better than others, as my skillset always improved. But unless you're also a website designer, you should not be spending weeks, months or years DIYing your website. There is a much better use of your time and money. Additionally, if you aren't a designer of any sort, you may not be familiar with best practices for websites in your industry or for achieving your specific goal.

The point is that it's not a choice between DIY or a $10,000 website. There are many website designers who exist in the happy medium who can get your site up and running. Since you're just starting, cut the fancy stuff and just go with a functional website that gets the job done. No need for fancy animations and such. Get yourself online and make the money.

Related: DIY Web Design Doesn't Cut It. Here's Why.

3. Having too many things going at once

The online space is notorious for creating FOMO (fear of missing out) and having you believe that in order to be a good and , you have to be on every social media platform and create every kind of content possible. But if you're trying to have a , podcast and channel all by yourself and then expect to be fully present on five other social media platforms, you're watering down your efforts. It's a recipe for disaster and burnout.

Instead, spend some time figuring out where your hangs out online and look there. Maybe they're on Clubhouse. Maybe your dream client is on . I guarantee your audience is not equally hanging out everywhere online, so you don't need to either. Pick two social media platforms and be fully present there. Pick one form of content — either a blog, podcast or YouTube channel — and go all-in. By picking your battles wisely, you will better serve your target audience, find your dream clients, and be the solution to the things that keep them up at night.

In the end, good and wise entrepreneurs do not set themselves up for burnout. They create a plan and stick with it until they are successful. It's too easy to get distracted with the latest and greatest app, platform, piece of content or lead generation tip. Follow one course until successful, get some help and let a professional design that website. Get out of your own way and stop being the roadblock to your own success.

Related: Want to be Successful? Focus on One Business.

More from Entrepreneur
Our Franchise Advisors will guide you through the entire franchising process, for FREE!
  1. Book a one-on-one session with a Franchise Advisor
  2. Take a survey about your needs & goals
  3. Find your ideal franchise
  4. Learn about that franchise
  5. Meet the franchisor
  6. Receive the best business resources
Entrepreneur Insider members enjoy exclusive access to business resources for just $5/mo:
  • Premium articles, videos, and webinars
  • An ad-free experience
  • A weekly newsletter
  • A 1-year Entrepreneur magazine subscription delivered directly to you
Whether you want to learn something new, be more productive, or make more money, the Entrepreneur Store has something for everyone:
  • Software
  • Gadgets
  • Online Courses
  • Travel Essentials
  • Housewares
  • Fitness & Health Devices
  • And More

Latest on Entrepreneur