What do you see most aspiring entrepreneurs struggling with? originally appeared on Quora - the place to gain and share knowledge, empowering people to learn from others and better understand the world.

Answer by Doree Shafrir, author of Startup, podcast host, tech reporter, on Quora:

I see aspiring entrepreneurs struggling with knowing when to ask for help, or not being willing to ask for help. Being too detail-oriented and not seeing the forest for the trees, or on the flip side, being too big picture-oriented and (especially in the beginning) not paying attention to details that could have an adverse affect on the company. It's important to try and strike that balance and a team of strong advisers can really help with that.

I also think that some aspiring entrepreneurs can be so convinced that their idea is great that they've forgotten that it also needs to show that it can make money, or they ignore all evidence that suggests it might not be an idea that can make money. Ultimately, an investor is interested in the bottom line, and if you can't figure out how your great idea can also be monetized, then you need to rethink it.

And finally, I think that a lot of aspiring entrepreneurs don't really know how to pitch investors. If you've never done it before, get help! Have someone look at your deck and listen to your pitch. There are certain mistakes rookies make, like not emphasizing their team enough, that are easily fixable.

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Published on: May 23, 2017