by Dr. Cindy Briggs
Have you had the dream to possibly be an entrepreneur? Maybe you are ready to escape the corporate world, or maybe you are just ready to break into work after some time away. Whatever the reason, you may wonder if you have the skills to start a business.
I have put together a simple list of skills that are important to any entrepreneur. Now don’t panic if you feel like you might be a lacking in a few of these areas. The important part is to address it and figure out what you can do to improve upon those skills. Maybe you need a business coach. You may possibly want to find some courses you can take. There are many ways to be ready to make this exciting leap.
You need a host of skills as an entrepreneur. Reflect on your existing skill set and explore ways to sharpen your skills.
- Time management skills. I use my time wisely and avoid wasting time unnecessarily. I know what matters.
- Delegation skills. I know whom I can trust to complete a task. I am able to relinquish control of minor items, so I can concentrate on the things that matter the most.
- Sales skills. I know my products and services. I can explain the benefits of these to my potential customers. I have excellent persuasive skills that I know how to use to influence my customers and employees.
- Communication skills. I can present my ideas and vision clearly. I know how to speak and listen effectively.
- Focus. I can maintain my attention on what needs my attention. I am able to deal with the distractions in my environment.
- Stamina. I have the energy and endurance necessary to be successful. I can persevere physically and emotionally in order to get the job done.
- The ability to troubleshoot and overcome obstacles. I know how to figure out what’s wrong and how to fix it. I have the ability to stay calm under pressure and to find solutions.
- The ability to look ahead. I can see the future of my marketplace and the potential obstacles my business faces.
- Daily improvement. I review each day, so I can be even more effective tomorrow. I avoid repeating my mistakes and expect the same from my employees. We’re all getting better each day.
- Hiring. My new employees fit my company vision and culture. I hire reliable people that can get along with others.
- Financial management. I watch my money closely. I use company funds to grow my company. I avoid spending money I don’t need to spend. I am aware of my expenses.
- Networking. I reach out to others in my field. I stay aware of the latest developments.
How did you do? Make a plan to develop your weaker skills and you’ll help your company shine and succeed where others fall short.
Dr. Cindy Briggs is an entrepreneur, business strategist, professor and author. Her mission is to provide programs that help entrepreneurs and communities thrive. You can find her at www.cindybriggsphd.com.