For entrepreneurs, risk
is part of the process
Starting a new business and working to achieve success creates difficult situations and unique obstacles that entrepreneurs must overcome. From the beginning, entrepreneurs must take risks that could jeopardize their finances, health and stability. Taking calculated risks is an essential part of the entrepreneurial journey.
Types of risk
The kinds of risk entrepreneurs can take are varied. Market risk is one of the most common types, referring to the risk an investor takes due to market fluctuations. This kind of risk is expected when starting a new business for both the entrepreneur and any initial investors they enlist. Other kinds of risk include technology, credibility and competition.
Incorporating new technology into your business practice comes with some risk, such as whether the cost of the programs or devices will outweigh the profitability of their application. Another form of technological risk involves the potential failure of technology, which can result in data breaches, website crashes and information theft.
Another form of risk involves competitors’ pricing and marketing strategy, which can be volatile and disruptive. When starting a new business, credibility is typically low and many consumers prefer to buy from a brand they know and trust. Taking risks in these areas are common and often necessary for entrepreneurs.
When starting your own business, entrepreneurs must be aware that their decisions are somewhat risky. Starting a business is, at its core, an investment; entrepreneurs must contribute their own money to support a venture that may not initially succeed. Many entrepreneurs who begin their businesses leave existing jobs to start something new; this means that they're dependent entirely on their own capital. With no external funding, entrepreneurs stand to lose financially should they experience hardship or unanticipated obstacles.
However, this initial risk has a significant payoff. Entrepreneurs who take such significant risks are careful about how they go about it. They understand that such risks are essential on the path to success. Each move in this first phase of starting their business is calculated in order to account for potential setbacks and to reap the highest rewards.
As an entrepreneur, paving new paths and making mistakes are expected. Taking risks, even those that don’t pay off, provide valuable experience and learning opportunities. Even with a network of experienced entrepreneurs and capable partners at your disposal, entrepreneurs must learn from their own experiences. Innovation stems from new ideas, which are inherently risky. Being willing to take such risks for the sake of success is crucial for entrepreneurs who want to establish themselves as forerunners in competitive industries.
Though being an entrepreneur involves risk, that is rarely a deterrent. With a sufficient knowledge of an industry as well as market trends, competitor habits and technology failsafes, entrepreneurs can take risks without acting carelessly and jeopardizing their efforts.