The Characteristics of Serious Business Entrepreneuring
It may be argued that entrepreneurs are born rather than made. Some people seem destined to carve their own path in the world, and they are often able to achieve this feat without ever going to business school or picking up a textbook on business skills. There is probably a lot of truth to this, although it is not always easy to accept that other people may have God-given talents we can never hope to emulate with even the most expensive education and with many years of apprenticeship.
However, there is actually no reason why a person cannot reinvent themselves if they have the commitment and can identify the characteristics they require. Serious business entrepreneuring is not beyond your reach so long as you pay attention to the following characteristics and strive to make them a part of your business persona:
Checklist for the serious business entrepreneur
• Keep your eyes and ears open at all times so that you can spot every every opportunity as it arises, then pounce on it.
• Make quality your watchword, and be able to produce that quality in quantity when asked for.
• Be aware of every detail of your business, because it is in the detail that the devil often lurks.
• Build healthy relationships with all the people who can influence how successful you are as an entrepreneur: your customers, business partners, and employees.
• Always strive to provide a service to your customers, and you will be rewarded with referrals and repeat orders.
• Set business goals for your company, make concrete plans to achieve them, and make sure that all activities are in line with them.
• Use your entrepreneurial skills wisely by delegating tasks to people you know you can trust to handle them best.
• Be an effective time-manager, and keep on top of all the tasks that need to be done.
• Work hard, and value hard work in others.
• Stay determined, and resilient when faced with testing times.
That's a pretty impressive list of characteristics to find in one person, and to consistently find even when troubles arise. Perhaps some people will never be able to measure up to all those demands. However, a good idea and the determination to plow ahead with it can make up for shortcomings pretty much everywhere else. In entrepreneurship, serious does not necessarily mean educated, or trained, or experienced; it may simply mean you will create a business despite the lack of these, and you'll do whatever it takes to see it through.