Determining If You Have the Small Business Personality

Part of the Canadian Small Business Kit For Dummies Cheat Sheet

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

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Canadian Small Business Kit For Dummies Cheat Sheet