Friday, August 27, 2010

So you want to be an entrepreneur?

If you can relate to many or all of the following traits and you have an idea you really believe in, you might be ready to become an entrepreneur:

Optimistic. The road to entrepreneurship isn't easy. You'll face many challenges ranging from having low funds to a small client list. But the business owners who succeed are those who turn these obstacles into opportunities. They don't pout about their problems; they work hard to find a solution.

Independent. Starting a business is a lot of responsibility. And if you want to be successful, you have to be able to work on your own everyday without a boss making sure things get done. Yes, you might be able to work in a corporate structure, but you should take pride in being your own boss.

Driven. Entrepreneurs want to be successful. They feel a strong desire to accomplish and set goals to track their progress. Seeing your business grow is rewarding, and the earnings that follow is a plus.

Self-confident. "Whether you think you can or think you can't, you're right," said Henry Ford, an accomplished entrepreneur. Having lots of self-confidence can be very beneficial whether you're seeking a bank loan, distributing advertisements or just opening the actual business. When business owners believe in their businesses and themselves, others take notice and respond positively.

Disciplined. Entrepreneurs realize they have to be on top of their game, 24/7. Many take time to stay healthy, and many realize that it's important to get away and spend time with friends and family. They know that creating a schedule puts them at their best professionally and personally.

Visionary. They complete daily tasks to operate their businesses, but they don't let the little things stifle their dreams. New business owners think about where they will be in the future. Establishing five- and ten-year goals help them remain focused and endure the bumps along the way.

Competitive. Many entrepreneurs are competitive in some aspects of life, and this nature comes into their businesses. It pushes them to do better every year and beat personal records.

Persistent. They don't take no for an answer. Entrepreneurs don't just give up when issues come up. Instead, they work through them and keep at it until they reach the success they want.

Risk taker. A lot of people don't want to leave the security that a corporate job provides-- the monthly paychecks, benefits and bonuses. But entrepreneurs are willing to step outside their comfort zone as opposed to wondering, What if?

Now, you don't have to be perfect in all these areas to be a successful entrepreneur, we all have our strengths and weaknesses. The most important thing you need to have when opening a business is determination to turn your dream into reality.

What do ya'll think? Is this list accurate? Are there any characteristics you would add? Let me know by leaving a comment! : )

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1 comment:

  1. Thanks! Excellent rundown of traits. So many people decide to start a business, but then expect that they can work at it the way they worked as an employee.

    That doesn't work! It's a completely different mindset to be an entrepreneur instead of an employee.

    You don't just become "the boss" setting your own time and being accountable to no one. You become both boss and employee.

    As "boss," you are responsible for setting the direction for your business and setting deadlines to ensure that the work gets done. As "employee" you're responsible for meeting those deadlines.


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