15. Underpaying Your Help
You save tons of money by not paying that kid the going rate for mowing your huge lawn, and you get away with it because he’s desperate to make some cash. You see him out there sweating up a storm, but can’t part with a glass of lemonade. After you pay him, on the way out he notices a leak coming up from the basement of your house, flooding the freshly mowed lawn. He’ll just pocket the money and keep walking. The same goes for small businesses–taking advantage of your employees inspires them to stab you in the back first chance they get. Some businesses continue that practice and wonder why they spend so much time and money taking applications and training new hires.