If you’re thinking about starting your own company, stop and check whether you have the right personality to run a small business before you start. If you want to be an entrepreneur, you’ll need to have most of the following qualities – whether you were born with them, developed them, or are about to start working on them now:

  • Self-confidence

  • Knowledge of your goals

  • Desire and ability to be your own boss

  • Independence and self-sufficiency

  • Ability to survive without a social group

  • Skills for getting along with people and dealing with conflict

  • Determination and persistence

  • Self-discipline

  • Reliability

  • Versatility

  • Creativity

  • Resourcefulness

  • Organizational talents

  • Risk-management instincts

  • Nerves of steel in a crisis

  • Pick-yourself-up-itiveness

  • Knack for recognizing opportunities when they come along

  • Drive to seek out new opportunities

  • Success-management instincts

  • Objectivity

  • Courage to live without a regular paycheque

  • Good health and physical stamina