For many, owning a business is their dream. They want to bring their idea into reality, whether it’s a craft store, a car detailing service, a corner diner, or any other type of business. However, creating a small business is no easy task, and a lot of planning is required for it to succeed. No small business is launched overnight, and success doesn’t come immediately. Thankfully, there are blueprints from previous owners, words of advice from entrepreneurs, and other helpful tips and tricks that can help. “Every business owner, no matter how niche the industry or specific the product, can learn something from who came before,” says Olivia Tan, the co-founder of CocoFax. So learn, learn, learn! Check out these 10 mistakes small business owners make, and when you’ve finished, be proactive about avoiding them. After all, a fool learns from his own mistakes, but a wise man learns from the mistakes of others.

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