10 Signs You Have What it Takes to be an Entrepreneur

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Has COVID-19 left you jobless and you are wondering what to do next? Do you want to supplement your current income by increasing your income streams? Well, all is not lost since there’s one sure way of boosting your income; entrepreneurship. But how can you be sure you have what it takes to be successful in business?

Here are ten signs you are business-minded.

  1. Self-driven

You don’t need to be pushed to deliver. You stay awake for hours until you solve a problem that’s been nagging you. You can work well alone just as you would in a team, and you don’t need to be supervised to deliver. You are not easily distracted. Instead, you are highly driven and disciplined, staying with a task until it’s finished. 

  1. Team Player

You are not only self-driven, but you are a team player as well. You can submit to authority as well as lead a team. To you, delegating tasks and responsibilities is a sign of strength, not weaknesses. And when you delegate, you are clear about what you want to be done and what the deliverables are.

  1. Purpose Driven

Purpose-driven people work with goals and schedules. You are clear about what you need to do to get where you want to go. You have a vision to be successful, and every day you look for ways of getting nearer to your desired destination. As such, setting goals and accomplishing daily tasks are not matters of suggestion; they are things you must do daily. 

  1. A Never-Give-Up Attitude

To you, it’s never over until you win, or until you confirm it can’t work; and even then you do your best to look for other ways to make it work. In short, failure and mistakes are not final; they are lessons learnt en-route to the desired destination.

  1. A Knack for Solving Problems

You see solutions in every crisis. Instead of looking for reasons why something cannot be done, you think of ways to make it work. For instance, in the current COVID-19 situation where so many have lost jobs, you are constantly thinking of what you can do to solve the issues people are grappling with. 

  1. People Frequently Consult you for Advice

If people are constantly asking you for advice, it means that you have an important attribute in leadership and management. This is one of the clearest signs that you have what it takes to be a successful entrepreneur. All you have to do is turn your advice into a consultancy business and get paid for it.

  1. You are the Go-To Guy at the Office

Are you the office trouble-shooter? Well, this is a clear sign you are the consummate entrepreneur. How about starting your own business and get paid for solving people’s problems. If you have to keep solving everyone’s problem, you might as well get paid for it.

  1. You are the Perpetual Optimist

If there was a believer that things always turn out for the better, that person is you. Like Steve Jobs, you believe that the people who are crazy enough to believe they can change the world are the ones that do. To be successful as an entrepreneur, you must believe that tomorrow will be a better day than yesterday, and that success is just another day ahead.

  1. You Never Pass up an Opportunity to Make Money

If you have an entrepreneur mindset, you see opportunities everywhere, and you don’t pass them up, no matter how insignificant they may look. At the office, you are known for selling stuff to your colleagues to make an extra buck. Whether it’s clothes or avocadoes, you always have something to sell.

  1. People’s Opinions and Perceptions Don’t Deter you

You are comfortable in the skin you were born in. In short, you don’t look at some opportunities as below you. Selling vegetables off the back of your car, or becoming a mama mboga after being laid off doesn’t diminish you. You are willing to get your hands dirty to reach your financial goals. By dirty it doesn’t necessarily mean you are corrupt or dishonest; it means you are not afraid or ashamed of engaging in businesses that others would deem below their class or pedigree.

 Bonus Tip

It is prudent to remember that you might have most or all of the above qualities and not be ready for entrepreneurship. Not everyone can run a business. Some people are meant to be employed all their life, and it is okay. Do not start a business unless you feel the drive and you have the capacity to see how very part of a business feeds into each other to achieve objectives.

This article was written by Innocent Mwangi.

Doreen Mueke
Doreen is the Senior Content Marketer at Ringier One Africa Media.