How to become a successful entrepreneur? 10 Skills you need to have
Today it’s easier than ever to become an entrepreneur. However, becoming a successful entrepreneur is an entirely different matter. Thousands of startups spring up and then slip into oblivion because the people at the helm didn’t have what it takes to become and remain successful. Here are some of the key skills you need if you want to be a successful entrepreneur.
1. Have a long-term vision
This is an absolute must. Remember that utterly stupid question that everyone used to ask at job interviews: ‘Where do you see yourself in five years?’ Well, if you’re to succeed as entrepreneur, you have to have an idea of where you want your business to be in five years. Ok, let’s make it a couple of years, shall we? But you need to know the direction in which you’re going. This, by the way, doesn’t mean a very detailed picture of how you imagine your business after this time. This would be hard to maintain, given all the variables that can have an effect on your enterprise.
2. Communicate well
You must have seen that coming. Communication skills, the ability to listen to the person you’re talking to and read their non-verbal language are essential in business. So is being able to sell your idea to the guys with the big money or your product to the customers. It’s all about effective communication, and none more so than advertising and marketing. You will have to advertise and market your business, get used to that idea. The good news is that even if you weren’t born the greatest communicator, you can develop these skills. There’s tonnes of relevant information online so take advantage of it.
3. How to become a successful entrepreneur? Have a plan
No business can be successful in the long run without some planning on your part. Having a plan essentially means being prepared for many of the risks you may encounter on your business journey, and also being absolutely clear about what resources you have at your disposal. By the way, in case you didn’t know, in business speak risk is not something necessarily negative, it’s just something unexpected that may also be an opportunity. If you don’t plan, you won’t be able to take advantage of it or weather its effect in case it is a bad one.
4. Be eager
Eager to learn new things and eager to discover new opportunities. Nobody was born knowing it all, we all learn constantly, and few pieces of knowledge are set in stone, so there is always a lot to learn. What’s more, being open to learning keeps you on your toes and that’s essential, too. Sometimes when your business goes well, you might want to sit back and relax. That’s fine but it’s not the entrepreneurial way. Some of the most successful entrepreneurs in the world have this advice to share: never relax, never allow yourself to be completely comfortable, always look for new horizons to conquer.
5. Be optimistic
Being optimistic and positive is another important tip on how to become a successful entrepreneur. Optimism is not precisely a skill, like eagerness to learn and curiosity. These are more personal qualities, which you can work on in your entrepreneurial drive. No business experiences bright blue skies constantly, there will be clouds along the way. In order to be able to overcome these hard times as they come your way, you need to be able to anticipate them and be prepared to react in the knowledge that however bad it is, it’s not the end of the world. Otherwise it’d be all too easy to just give up everything, and who would want that?
6. Be resilient
This one’s related to the optimism. Planning and strategic thinking are important but things don’t always go according to plans and you should be able to pick yourself up when this happens, and minimise the damage. That’s not something you can do if you lack resilience. Resilience also means being able to learn from the mistakes you make and ensure you don’t make them again in the future.
7. Be flexible
Next important tip on how to become a successful entrepreneur is to be flexible. Have a long-term vision, plan a strategy and keep your eyes open for risks and opportunities, but never allow yourself to be rigid. Plans can be changed. Strategies can be changed too. Don’t try to avoid change at all costs – it’s pointless and sometimes impossible. It’s much smarter to be ready for changes and use them to your business’ benefit. Sort of like that saying with the cloud and its silver lining. Look for the silver linings and use them.
8. Be smart with money
Here’s a harsh truth: you need to be able to manage your money before thinking about entrepreneurship. If you can’t be responsible with money, meaning you can’t get through the month without a loan because you throw your money away, you will need to seriously change this. Business is all about managing money and trying to make more. After all, a budget is a major part of any business plan, even the most basic one.
How to become a successful entrepreneur? What are your tips?