People often talk about why individuals face bankruptcy, citing things like high medical bills or the loss of a job. But what about businesses? They can also face bankruptcy, even if the owner is not personally bankrupt. Why does this tend to happen?
As you can likely assume, the heart of the issue is different for every company that ends up in this position. There are always unique factors. However, the general reasons are often very similar between cases, so let’s take a look at three of them.
1. A decline in market conditions
When the economy declines, people have less to spend. Small and large businesses alike instantly feel that impact — although some more than others. A store selling necessities may still get virtually the same business, while companies offering luxury goods will see the biggest decline. For instance, the travel industry is often hammered by economic declines because people just can’t afford to take vacations and stay home.
2. Issues with investors
A company that is still dependent on investors to keep it afloat may run into problems if the investors pull out and that financial support comes to an end. Investors are often important while starting up, but the goal for the company should be to become sustainable.
3. Errors in spending
Mistakes in financial choices can also hinder a business. Some companies go bankrupt quickly, for instance, when the owner spends far more than they take in. They may have a vision of what they want the company to be and move too quickly in that direction, making their operations unsustainable.
What can you do if your company is facing financial distress?
These are merely three reasons businesses end up in bankruptcy, of course. Anything can happen. If your business is facing serious financial problems, it may be time to speak with an experienced advocate about your legal options.