Entrepreneur Characteristics, do you think you have what it takes to start your very own business? What are the ‘killer’ entrepreneur characteristics needed to be successful? Good to know and to possess!
Starting your own business requires many different qualities and skills to ensure your business is a successful one, so I’ve compiled a list of 10 entrepreneur characteristics that might help you decide whether you too could be an entrepreneur. And I have good news for you. I was able to do it more than forty years ago so it must be that it will be OK for you too!
The only thing you must do is start and try it!
1. Commitment and Determination – Do you have them?
These are two qualities that you MUST have if you wish to succeed in any venture you take.
Without Commitment, you will lack the drive needed to push on and get through the bad days.
Without determination, you will see failures as just that, failures….. instead of seeing them as learning opportunities.
2. Passion – Entrepreneur Characteristics!
You have a great business idea and entrepreneur characteristics!
But are you passionate about it?.
Do you believe in the product or service you are trying to sell, or are you in it for the cash and nothing but the cash?.
Selling your customers something you don’t believe in, or you know, isn’t that great a product is not good!
It will only frighten them away from buying from you again, and that’s one less customer.
Passion and Energy about your products or services are vital to ensuring you progress as a business.
If you don’t believe in yourself, then other people won’t either.
3. Innovation – Entrepreneur Characteristics!
Entrepreneurs are generally innovative with entrepreneurial characteristics.
Whilst not necessarily inventors, they are very creative individuals who have the insight and vision to spot opportunities and act upon them.
They have the ability to create a new niche in areas that people might not have previously thought of and turn their ideas into a solid money-making business strategy
4. Commitment – Entrepreneur Characteristics!
100% of your time will be needed to make your business work.
Do you commit to enduring the endless hard days of work that’s needed to keep your venture going?
Your family and friends will have to be put on the back burner for a while so that you can concentrate on the matters at hand.
Even the comfort of a monthly paycheck or salary might have to make way, so you have 100% of the time you need to ensure your business’s success.
5. Courage – Entrepreneur Characteristics!
At some point, all entrepreneurs will have to make a big decision to either make or break their business.
There will be times where everything is going wrong, and the monthly profits are not enough to cover your expenses.
The bills aren’t getting paid, and you are struggling.
Do you have the courage to dig deep and not crack under strain?
Having courage will help you make the right decisions for your business and keep you rooted while things aren’t going too great.
Courage is vital, and an entrepreneur’s characteristics are needed.
Set up some realistic goals and a plan for each on how to achieve them.
If you fail to do this, then your venture will likely fail.
Having goals and targets gives you an idea of your capabilities and gives you something to measure your successes and failures against.
Forming clear goals will lead to a sound business plan.
7. Stamina + Focus = Success
Starting a business can be a very long journey.
Be prepared for the long haul; don’t kid yourself that success might happen overnight.
Chances are it won’t. Create some long term targets; where would you like your business to be in 5 years, 10 years?
Stay focused and greatly improve your chances of your business surviving the first 2 years…… most businesses failed by this time – make sure yours is not one of them.
8. Common Sense
Not everyone has common sense, and contrary to popular belief, you don’t have to take huge risks to become a successful full entrepreneur.
The risk will always be there, but it’s more about picking your fights. Know which risks to take, learn your market, competition, and customers, and use sound judgment to make your decisions.
Please don’t take a risk on a whim; it may spell disaster.
9. Be Flexible
A successful full entrepreneur should be a Jack Of All Trades!
You should be able to cope with different roles and responsibilities within your business.
After all, if you are starting, chances are you are the only person in your business.
You’ll need to make marketing decisions, financial decisions, do your own research, and learn about the legal matters.
It’s a lot for one person to cope with, but it’s a crucial learning experience for all start-up businesses.
Having a sound knowledge of every aspect of your business will create a solid foundation if you choose to expand in the future.
Perhaps one of the most important entrepreneur characteristics to have.
I’ve said this before, and I’ll repeat it, being an entrepreneur requires you to be a leader as well as a follower.
It would help if you shared your goals with other employees to understand your business vision and execute your ideas exactly as you have planned.
You also need to know when to follow, take advice from others, and take a step back when someone is more knowledgeable and capable of making an idea work than you are.
Use your own judgment.
It’s your business; take charge.
But don’t forget that other people have different ideas, and sometimes they will think of things that are completely outside of the box, something you hadn’t previously considered.
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