I recently took an entrepreneurial quiz which evaluated my
answers and informed me I would do best as a hired hand!
So why am I a successful home business owner? Because I've
learned to fill the holes in my entrepreneurial style, and
compensate for my deficiencies.
Let's start with a list of qualities that might benefit someone
working for him/herself:
1. Ability to see the big picture and plan accordingly;.
3. Ability to use time wisely;
4. At minimum, a moderate drive to achieve;
8. A feeling of control over your own destiny;
9. Having (energy) drive and enterprise;
10. Motivation to grow;
11. Sense of intuition;
12. Ability to spot opportunities;
14. Problem-solving abilities;
17. Social skills.
As an example, let's look at John Doe. John has an excellent
nose for a good opportunity; he drives his wife crazy with always
turning everything into a new business idea. He's not afraid to
make a decision and take the risk. He has a huge drive to
achieve; he wants to be rich! John is confident that he can
accomplish everything he sets out to do.
Then the reality of the rest of John sets in. He's not real good in
the follow-through; as a matter of fact, he starts one business
only to come up with another, and yet another, idea over and
over. He writes up proposal after proposal, and always stumbles
over the concrete details, such as turning goals and visions into
action plans, and projecting budgets. He starts and stops, never
stopping long enough to evaluate and plan ahead for the success
of the next venture.
John could benefit from postponing his next decision until he
hones his problem-solving skills a bit. He needs to understand
where he's gone wrong and plan for success the next time. John
also could put his vision for his work and his life down on paper,
and learn to use this vision to help choose opportunities that are
in sync with his financial and career goals.
John is confusing working hard with getting ahead. He needs to
continually evaluate the tasks he is engaged in to determine if
he is, indeed, using his time wisely.
And lastly, John would learn a lot from finding a business
opportunity that would combine teamwork, successful strategies
and skill building to encourage him to apply his abundant
perseverance to ONE business until he succeeds.
John can look at this list and see how one strength could
compensate for another weakness. If he wasn't very decisive, he
could be spared many a bad quick decision, and strong problem
solving skills could bring an eventual understanding of the right path
for HIM. What he lacked in self-confidence could be made up for
with social skills that enabled him to work well with a mentor or a
knowledgeable team. Lack of enterprise or drive could mean he
isn't cut out for over-the-counter or door-to-door retail sales.
But he might shine in the backroom day-in-day-out details of
getting a job done, or in website-based business.
Oh yeah...and John could also listen to his wife, and just give it all
a rest at least one day a week...
About the author:
Glenn Beach is a poet, writer and home business entrepreneur in Nova Scotia, Canada. Free newsletter, more articles, and business start-up info at: http://www.work-at-home-business-opportunity-canada.com
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