The People Who May Harm Your Business

You’d like to think that the success of your business depended on your ideas, hard work, and that little pinch of all-important luck, but alas, it doesn’t. Other people are going to have an impact on your business too, and their influence won’t always be positive. Indeed, in some cases, you might find that they may harm your business, and you’ll have to take steps to limit the damage. Below, we take a look at some of the people who you need to keep an eye on!


Your Staff

You’re the main player in your business, but you’re only one person, and you’re most likely going to be outnumbered by your staff. While you’ll be greatly more influential than any individual team player, collectively they’ll create a formidable unit. While for the most part, your team of workers will make it easy for you to do your job, this won’t always be the case. If a member of your team isn’t pulling their weight, then they may have a net-negative impact on your business. Also, it’s worth remembering that most crimes that are committed against a company come from within, so make sure you’re conducting thorough background checks before bringing people into the fold.

Other Entrepreneurs

You’re not the only person out there trying to build a successful business. We live in an age of entrepreneurship, remember, so you can rest assured that you’re going to have competitors. You’ll also have collaborators, too, who, all going well, will help you on your way to business success. However, things don’t always go to plan. While you should go into any arrangement with trust, you’ll want to take steps to protect your business should things not be as productive as you expect. If this happens, visit, and work with professionals who can help you to resolve the issue. You don’t want your business to be brought down because of the actions of others.

A Difficult Customer

You’ll work hard to ensure that every customer is happy with their experience of working with your company. But try as you might, there’ll always be times when someone is left unhappy. You can’t please everyone! Alas, in this day and age, everyone has a voice, and you might find that they have a disproportionate influence on your business, just because they took their complaints online. To avoid this from becoming too big of an issue, have a system in place for dealing with negative reviews online.


Times change. While you might be on top of the world right now, there are no guarantees that you’ll be there further on down the line. Blockbuster probably thought they were in a strong position, and look what happened to them! People move on. To ensure society doesn’t leave you behind, keep an eye on trends and developments. If you have an inkling of the direction society is moving in, you’ll be able to travel with it rather than risk becoming yesterday’s news.

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About Dequiana Jackson

Dequiana Jackson, CEO of Inspired Marketing, Inc., is a small business marketing coach who teaches women entrepreneurs how to monetize their message so they can make more money from their expertise. Dequiana is the author of Know Your Business: How to Attract Ideal Clients & Sell More and runs the award-winning blog,

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  1. Great idea on pointing out how your own staff could kill your business. Its hard to hire people that you could trust and put the weight of the business on them. I think its always a good idea to put employees on probationary status for 6 months even though they have previous experience from other companies. Its a great way of establishing trust.

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