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How to Recover After a Business Failure

April 18 2019 - There is no shame in experiencing failure in business. Competition is fierce in almost every industry, as companies are forced to compete with organisations of all sizes.

What's more, there might have been external factors that may have led to the demise of your business. Rather than dwelling on your past mistakes, take steps to finally close the door to this chapter in your life. For help doing so, read the below advice on how to recover after a business failure.

Don't Ignore Your Problems

Ignorance isn't bliss when running a failing business. While the realisation that your company is waning can be overwhelming, you cannot avoid the difficult problems your company is facing.

For example, if you are struggling with financial issues, don't bury your head in the sand and face the problem by contacting a trusted insolvency practitioner to learn more about company administration.

Care for Your Emotional Health

Taking business failure personally can be easy. After all, you will have invested much blood, sweat and tears into making a brand a success. However, it is important to remember that approximately 6 in 10 small businesses fail within their first five years, and it is not a slight on your ability or talent.

To ensure you don't struggle with depression or anxiety following the closure of your business, it is essential to take the time to care for your emotional health. For example, it might be beneficial to discuss your feelings with your partner, friends, family members, or even a doctor or counsellor if you are struggling with your mental health.

Learn from Your Mistakes

Never allow a business failure to hold you back. In fact, many of the world's most successful entrepreneurs have experienced some form of failure, which they learned from to ensure their future success in business. All you need to do is identify why your business failed to learn from your mistakes and ensure you never repeat them when you launch your next company.

For example, common causes of business failure can include:

  • Insufficient capital
  • A poor location
  • Bad inventory management
  • Uncontrollable growth
  • Inexperience

By identifying where your business went wrong, you can find a solution to prevent you from making a similar mistake in the future.

Maintain Professional Relationships

It might be tempting to alienate yourself from your colleagues, employees or business associates out of embarrassment. However, these people will admire you more if you attempt to bounce back from a business failure quickly.

It is likely you have spent a great deal of time building relationships with business partners, staff or industry contacts. Rather than allowing the relationships to fall by the wayside, aim to routinely connect with them to ensure you maintain an extensive and strong network.


Business failure is bound to be devastating, but it is possible to make a smooth recovery following the closure of your company. By organising your finances, caring for your mental health and learning from your mistakes, you could soon realise the failure you experienced was a blessing in disguise, as it could have helped you to develop a bigger and better business.

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