Because you do not like your boss and you have some cash in the bank to begin a business does not mean that it is the right thing to do for you. The truth is that running a business is not for everyone. Not every person is made out to be a business owner. Running a business requires skill, aptitude and the right personality.

Before running headlong into your first entrepreneurial venture you have to take time to analyze who you are. When you invest your energy, time, and money in a venture, you want a good return and therefore need to make sure that you have the right skills and aptitude. While many entrepreneurs and small business owners make good money, there is no guarantee that you will do also.

Owning a business means that you will have to deal with your fears and handle a lot of challenges. It is not without risks. To find out whether owning a business is for you, start small. If doable start part time. If you start part time you can test the waters and see if this is really something you want to do on the long run.

Owning a small business requires that you have the right skills and personality. If you lack skills in a certain area, then you need to make adjustments and take some courses to beef up on your weak areas. There are many reasons for small businesses to fail. However, if you possess most of the following skills and traits the chances of success will increase significantly:

Be Self Reliant.
If you are a self-starter you have a better chance of making it. Owning your own business can be lonesome because you do not always have someone that you can get to do the work for you. You need to be able to take initiative to get things going and not rely on others to do it for you. This ability is especially important during start-up.

Good People Skills are Important.
Even though you don’t have to work with your boss or colleagues when you have your own business, you still are dealing with a lot of different people. That requires you to have good people skills. People you probably deal with are business partners, customers, bankers, employees, consultants, accountants, lawyers, or other vendors in your industry. You need to be able to develop good rapport with a diverse group of people. Reputation is important in life in general, but particularly when you are a business owner. Get along with people, and always shoot for for a win-win solution to business conflicts. That will go a long way in growing the business profitably.

Make Decisions.
How are you when it comes to decision-making? Are you good at it? Your answer should be positive to that question as you can expect to be faced with situations that require you to make decisions swiftly, efficiently, and independently. You need to be able to work through things yourself and not be afraid to make decisions. Yes, you will make mistakes, but that is all part of growing up as an entrepreneur.

Be Committed to Hard Work.
Running a business requires a lot of your time. You need to be able physically and emotionally 24 hours a day and 7 days a week. Not all the time, but when business requires such a commitment you must to be willing to step up to the plate and be there. If you are a family-oriented person, you will at times have to sacrifice family time. Research studies show that the first few years of the business are the most crucial as the business interferes with personal relationships. Even though your business will require total commitment at times, you must learn to balance personal and business. When things are slower make up for lost time with family and friends.

Set Goals and Objectives.
Are you organized? If not, take some courses and learn how to plan and set goals and how to work toward them efficiently. I am sure you have heard the saying: “Failing to plan means planning to fail.” A poorly planned business or one with no plan at all, leads to business failure. Don’t rush into things without a solid and well designed plan.

As an entrepreneur you need to persevere and have a lot of patience. Don’t fall for the many promotions that promise a quick get wealthy scheme. During these tough economic times you see more of these than ever, especially in internet marketing and MLM businesses. Don’t fall for those slick sales pitches and do not rush quickly into the next promising business opportunity. Success comes through hard work, dedication and good management. It also will take time. There is no quick and easy way to success no matter what others say. If you want more details, download our FREE eBook "Want to Start a Business?"

Author's Bio: 

Harry Beugelink is a Small Business Consultant with over 30 years of consulting and management experience in small to medium sized businesses in a variety of industries, in both private and public companies. He manages The Entrepreneurs Network, a resource for entrepreneurs by entrepreneurs and small business owners.

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