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Five Tips for First-Time Business Owners

Wednesday, May 22nd, 2013

New business owners who are looking for their first Arizona commercial property for lease or starting to build their company are always on the hunt for business tips and advice. Established entrepreneurs who have already owned several businesses know the obstacles people face when trying to launch a new venture, find the right office space for their company, negotiate an AZ commercial lease, and grow their company.

Here are some tips for first-time business owners to help achieve their goals and make their venture successful:

• Stay focused. Young entrepreneurs often get caught up in the excitement of starting a business and chasing opportunities. However, it’s important to assess your skill set and passions first. Taking on too many projects or investing in a business that you are not passionate about can reduce the quality of your work and cause you to lose interest quickly. The promise of high profits can be misleading, so focus on getting into a business that you will continuously enjoy growing and managing.

• Know it, or learn it. Know your business well enough to pitch it to anyone in 30 seconds or less. Consider whether you are talking to a potential investor or customer, and refine your pitch to make your mission and services clear to them. You can’t know everything though, so try to find mentors who will help you learn and grow as a business owner. Successful entrepreneurs who will maintain a long-term relationship with you are an invaluable resource.

• Spend like a startup. Frugality is crucial when starting a company. Don’t try to put up a façade of success by overextending on a glamorous Arizona commercial property for lease that has more space or amenities than you need. Keep your overhead costs low, tightly manage your cash flows, and try not to depend on investor dollars to operate. Proving you can function on a lean budget will improve your bottom line and make your business attractive for other investors.

• Plan, and execute. Successful ventures require planning and preparation. It’s not wise to take on a business opportunity without some planning, but no plan is set in stone. Set a vision for your company, but only make solid plans for the first year or two. Things will change, so be agile, and don’t be afraid to execute your strategy, adjust, and learn from your mistakes.

• Know when to quit. Refusing to give up has been the key to success for many entrepreneurs, but it has also been the downfall of others. Owning a business is not an easy job, and many people find that the long hours, stress, and financial strain outweigh the benefits. The hard times can be rewarding when you get through them, but if the company or idea does not flourish like you hoped, know when it’s time to move on.  Reflect on your lessons learned, assess what you would do differently next time, and look ahead to other bright opportunities.

If owning a business were easy, everyone would do it. It’s a high-risk job that can lead to sleepless nights and stress, as well as the best rewards of your career. Consider these tips if you are a new business owner or

contemplating starting a company, and get in touch with Camroad Properties today if you need more business advice or help finding an AZ commercial lease that fits your needs.

Written by: Savannah Ivanitski


As dedicated commercial real estate professionals, all of us at Camroad Properties pride ourselves on operating office buildings to the highest industry standards. This translates into consistently high occupancy rates, and tenant retention rates averaging over 80% in all of our Arizona commercial real estate properties. As local owner-operators, you can rely on Camroad Properties to provide the best leasing opportunities for quality office space in Phoenix, Mesa, and Tempe. Our knowledge of Arizona commercial real estate and our ability to react promptly to our clients' office space requirements is our specialty. We can customize office suites to fit any of your commercial real estate needs.
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