Risk is often inherent in business, especially when you’re running your own. However, there are steps you can take to manage that risk.

As successful entrepreneurs, the members of Young Entrepreneur Council have learned a lot about effectively mitigating risk and minimizing its impact on their businesses. We asked them to share some practical tips for new business owners who are also new to risk management. Read on for their best advice.

1. Don’t Put It Off

Risk management is incredibly stressful, especially as a beginner. Because of this, you may have a strong urge to put off certain aspects of risk management until a later date. My advice to new business owners is to fight that urge and handle any risk mitigation duties as soon as possible. Make the hard decisions sooner rather than later because the alternative to procrastinating is much worse. Putting off these difficult choices and decisions can limit your options in the future and can even cause more risk to develop as a result. – Bryce Welker, Accounting Institute of Success

2. Learn To Weigh The Risk

The process begins by evaluating and weighing the risk. If you have no frame of reference, it’s difficult to determine what’s an important matter and what can be handled later. It’s important to refine your skills to pinpoint real risk so that you can manage it and save your business from any blunders. Think about the consequences of the risk at hand. You can divide them into categories of low, moderate and high risk to better formulate a plan of action that solves the issue and keeps consumers happy. When you know how a risk affects those around you, it’s easier to understand what you need to do. – Jared Atchison, WPForms

3. Ask Yourself The Right Questions

I have a handful of questions I ask myself before making decisions: What are the economic ramifications in terms of risk and opportunity cost of not doing something? How can I mitigate both? What is the worst that can happen? What is the likely outcome? If I get in front of the worst and most likely outcomes and my gut still tells me to move forward, then I can push through my concerns about risk. – Ashley Merrill, Lunya

4. Get Tailored Insurance

It’s important to protect your business and mitigate risk by getting insurance. Using insurance can remove a great deal of stress from your shoulders, however, using cookie-cutter insurance policies may not be enough. It’s a good idea to understand the different insurance packages out there and to pick the best one for you. Consider adding special coverage depending on the type of business you’re in. You want to cover your employees’ health and safety, and your most valuable assets. – Blair Williams, MemberPress

5. Start With Your Finances

Managing financial risks should be at the top of a new business owner’s mind. You can reduce risk by setting up appropriate payment records and minimizing outstanding balances. It’s also important to identify credit risks early on. Avoid outside financing and loans as much as possible, and focus on building a great product. When you have a great product and make great sales, you should be able to fund your own business. – Syed Balkhi, WPBeginner

6. Be Proactive About Preventative Measures

To avoid sudden blunders, it’s imperative to incorporate preventative measures that will save you when the time comes. This means having the right tools and methods to handle and deal with unexpected situations calmly and effectively. For example, you could set aside money just in case something comes up and you’re left with less than you intended. Being prepared is the best thing you can do to ensure your business stays afloat and prospers. – Stephanie Wells, Formidable Forms

7. Have A Backup Plan

A backup plan can help you when you get into a dicey, risk-related situation. As much as we would like to think that all of our ideas are going to work out 100% of the time, they usually don’t. In fact, a majority of risks usually result in no change or a slight loss. If you want to assure yourself that you are ready to take on a risk, make sure you have a backup plan in case things go south. – John Turner, SeedProd LLC

8. Plan For All Risk Scenarios

As someone who has been in business for more than a decade, I’ve learned that every business comes with risk. The best way to handle risk is to plan for it. It’s critical to have some type of risk management plan in place. This plan should include identifying all risk scenarios, how risk could potentially impact your business, contingency planning and recovery and how to respond to each scenario. This plan should be shared with all relevant team members. – Kristin Kimberly Marquet, Marquet Media, LLC

9. Understand The Odds You’re Up Against

New business owners also new to risk management should understand the importance of having a probability-based mindset. Business leaders have to make decisions on matters big and small regularly, and each decision will have its risks and rewards. An effective leader can strategically weigh the risks and rewards, apply probabilities around the likelihoods associated with potential outcomes and ultimately come to the decision that makes the most sense accordingly. You may go with the risky call, the safe call or a call somewhere in between, but as long as you understand the odds, you are more likely to make a sound decision. – Adam Mendler, The Veloz Group

10. Control Growth From The Beginning

One of the most important tips I give to new (and often enthusiastic) business owners is to control growth from the start. To control growth means controlling risks. To do this, a business owner should first define their growth objectives. Do you have the necessary capital to finance your growth? Are you hiring too fast? Prepare a growth strategy to understand the risks to your company. Analyze your internal resources, the market, your competitors and distribution channels. Then, analyze your receivables. This means doing credit checks on your clients and setting clear payment terms. Finally, control debt by negotiating better payment schedules with suppliers or looking at leasing versus buying assets. In short, a growth strategy is a great way to control risks. – Shu Saito, Godai

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