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Top Ten Things Entrepreneurs Need To STOP Doing Now

Top Ten Things Entrepreneurs Need To STOP Doing NowIn approximately one year David Letterman will host his last Late Night Show. In honor of the marketer and promoter of the Top Ten List here is my Top Ten List of things Entrepreneurs Need To Stop Doing Now:


10.   Procrastinating – Eat the frog and don’t wait until the last minute

9.     Being distracted – Turn off your phone, walk away from Facebook, don’t watch the latest Youtube video. Focus on the task at hand.

8.     Forgetting the customer is always right – Good customer service always comes back to this basic principle.

7.     Staying on Facebook all day long – You have better things to do; designate a specific time per day when you will log in. You should be there for business and creating relationships. With this clear purpose in mind watch the clock and set a specific amount of time for facebook activity.

6.     Tweeting all day – Designate time here too and have a purpose for what you are using twitter for.

5.     Doing errands – Set your work schedule and stick to it. If you are going to or leaving an appointment while you are out this is a perfect time to stop in a store if you need to pick something up. As you are scheduling an important visit to the Doctor’s Office consider what else you might achieve while you are in this area or in transit. Are there any clients or prospects you might meet with nearby?

4.     Physically going to Staples, Best Buy, etc – How can you use online shopping and other features (like postage purchases) online to maximize your time?

3.     Not strategically thinking and planning for your business – Have a solid business plan in place and set SMART goals.

2.     Doing everything alone – You are not a webdesigner, an accountant, a marketer, a PR firm, a social media manager, etc. Build up a solid team to help you with the tasks you are not good at / do not have time or energy for.

And the Number One Thing Entrepreneurs need to STOP doing now:

1.     Avoid taking action – It’s great that you are taking time to learn and educate yourself on how to grow your business and achieve your goals. But what action have you taken? Jump in and tackle those action steps starting now!

Are there some items missing from this list of the Top Ten Things Entrepreneurs Need To Stop Doing Now? Please comment to this and add your item.


Mitch Tublin is an advanced certified executive and personal coach who resides in Stamford, CT.


  1. I especially like #2! As my friend and client, Geri, says, “That’s why God created other people. So you don’t have to do everything yourself.” So stop procrastinating and call your friendly neighborhood web designer! 🙂

  2. I like this Top Ten list! Good idea and a great tie-in to the Letterman announcement, too.

  3. Brilliant post! love them all. Of course I’d add – stop working working working and take a weekend and stop eating junk and drinking coffee

  4. Very excited to see what Stephen Colbert is going to bring to the show… but I digress #11 Stop watching webinars while taking bubble baths. If they are boring you can fall asleep and drown!

  5. This is a good list, Mitch, thanks for sharing. I especially like the reminder to stop physically going to so many places. As a sole proprietor with no in-office staff it definitely makes more sense to take advantage of online suppliers for some things.

  6. Haha! Great list, Mitch! Some many entrepreneurs waste a great deal of time, energy, and money doing many things that are on this list.