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If you are thinking about your own small business startup then you know your mind is overflowing with questions about business plans, business ideas, startup costs, and startup funding. Then there are the countless small decisions you will have to make about everything from phone service to business cards. However there is one very large question that overshadows everything else — do you have what it takes to start up a small business? There are three keys to determining whether or not possess the essentials to start your own business.
Do you have the passion?
The first key ingredient for small business success is having a passion for your chosen niche. You can learn more about business fundamentals and you can acquire more detailed knowledge about the field, but if you do not have a passion, or at least a strong interest, then you will not be as convincing a marketer whether it comes to your customers or to your backers. Also, that passion will be one of the key factors in your ability to overcome difficulty and challenges. No small business startup goes smoothly, no matter how well you prepare and plan in advance, and there will be tough times ahead. However a love of your business and its niche can carry you through.
Ok, so you have the passion. Now do you have the drive?
The second key ingredient for small business success is drive. As I mentioned before you will have tough times but even when things are going well you will have to work hard and learn a lot to make a success of your business startup. If you want to succeed then you must possess a willingness to work hard and the willingness to learn the important lessons you need to start, run, and grow your business.
Do you possess the self discipline to work for yourself?
Finally, and this may be the most important ingredient of all, you must possess both the desire and ability to work for yourself. The first part is easy. Many people dream of the day they no longer have a boss watching over their work. That is why so many work at home schemes specifically mention you can “fire your boss”. But not everyone possesses the ability to work without oversight. Sometimes they need the comfort of a fixed schedule and sometimes they actually need a person to crack the whip. Before you start up a small business you must honestly assess your ability to work without supervision and impose your own deadlines then meet them.
If you possess a passion for your field, the drive to work and learn, and the ability to work for yourself then you do have what it takes to start up a small business.
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Most who start a small business are all on fire with enthusiasm and boundless energy in the beginning. After the novelty wears off, though, then the real truth about it emerges. Those who lack mental toughness and are easily frustrated will quickly revert to watching TV in the evening. You can keep pushing on if you can cope with all the frustration and everything else. Soon enough you come to understand why so many people fail in business.
Don’t get distracted
You have to understand that running your very own small business is going to pull you in a bunch of different directions and it is going to be really tempting to put off the things you don’t really want to do. Stop doing business like that and get in the habit of embracing speed. Take care of the things that need to be taken care of. The easiest way to do that is to use a first in, first out approach. If you think of each of the things you take care of during an average day you’ll see its use. You are going to have to email, call people and take care of any number of responses. You’re going to have to be patient and put forth a regular effort–these are daily habits that you are working to change here.
Surround yourself with positivity
People pick up on and adopt attitudes and behaviors both good and bad. You’ve noticed this in all sorts of different areas of your life. The simple act of being in a room with someone who is really negative will affect you and anybody else who happens to be there. It is important to be optimistic not just for you but for the people you hire to work for you too.
It’s one of the most important parts of helping your business get through the times that are hard or challenging. You won’t ever be able to foresee the future, not even when it comes to things that will have an impact on your business. That is just one reason why unbridled optimism on your part has to be a constant at work.
Get and be organized
Running your small business can become much easier and more effective when you use common strategies such as being organized. You should also employ some effective time management methods because they go hand in hand with proper organization. These are just some of the more simple methods for increasing the efficiency of and streamlining your business. If you want to keep your business healthy and get things done properly and on time you need to keep up with your daily tasks.
Not only will this help with your own efficiency, they will help make other people efficient too. When you’ve got these processes in place, your business will be able to better respond to things successfully.
Do a little soul searching
Before you take the plunge into starting an online business, make sure you are doing it for the right reasons. You can help yourself by choosing good, specific and valuable goals for yourself. Typically people want something more than just “I want to make more money.” Create goals that you can sink your teeth into and will have the power to keep you motivated.
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