Do you know what kind of business you would like to start? Have you thought about what it will take to start and run your own business? Before you go any further, I invite you to take a look at what entrepreneurship is all about and what might be required for you to be a successful entrepreneur.
For many, the initial dream of wealth and independence turns out to be a mixed bag. Every day presents new and unexpected challenges and tasks to accomplish. This can be a stressful, frightening and upsetting experience! Whether you plan to fly solo or lead a 500 million dollar company, here are nine qualities every women entrepreneur needs to develop in order to be successful.
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- Decide what kind of a leader you want to be. Being determines what you are going to do and what you are going to have. Beingness will provide the internal fuel to carry out the external mission.
- Clarify your intention.Most businesses fail because they lack clarity. You need to know what you want, and why you want it.
- Be a servant leader. Be a leader who serves others. We live in a cycle of abundance. When we give, we will receive. We may not know from where the contributions will come, but this may not be necessary if we stay open to surprises.
- Communicate effectively. Learn how to effectively communicate your idea to a variety of audiences. People do not want to be bored, they want to be inspired, moved and touched.
- Be tenacious. You will need to work hard and go the extra mile, especially in the early years. Hard and smart work will pay off in the end.
- Have thorough knowledge. Know your product, know your market and find the matches. Be honest with yourself and admit your mistakes. It never pays to sell an unfinished or flawed product. In today’s competitive market, customers will switch suppliers in a heartbeat.
- Create balance. Every entrepreneur needs to have rest and play. After all, we are here to have some fun. Life is not all about work, but about enjoying the simple things. Workaholics burn out fast and miss the point.
- Be enthusiastic. People respond to excitement and positivity. You will attract what and whom you need when your outlook is rooted in authenticity and enthusiasm.
- Be bold. Most entrepreneurs don’t have the resources to be overly careful. Take calculated risks. If something does not work, you’ll learn from it and live to talk about it. Great entrepreneurs experience bankruptcy or failure at least once.
Take a look at the list again. If it resonates with you, perhaps you are ready to start your own business. If not, you may want to ask yourself what you can do to acquire those attributes or strengthen them. Just make sure you?re willing to go all the way. If you?re not willing to work hard, at least in the early years, being an entrepreneur is not for you.
As women, we are naturally qualified to be entrepreneurs. We have done it for thousands of years throughout history. Not only do we know how to juggle many different balls, but we also know how to keep everybody happy, and we do it all with grace and ease. So why aren’t? women entrepreneurs as successful as men? Perhaps we don’t take the time to figure out what we want, spend too much time doubting ourselves, being confused, or being too nice, and giving things away, until we lose focus.