- On January 8, 2018
It is common knowledge that an entrepreneur has to be able to identify new business opportunities. Once defined, the focus should be on finding the right innovative tools to develop the project, which will turn that opportunity into a reality.
What’s the profile of those who can go beyond the initial success? What are the common traits of those who can go over the first impressions or experiences and never give up (especially when it comes to the first contacts with potential customers)? It could take several tries to make that first sale and knock on the doors of success.
On this post, we won’t explain all the steps needed to transform a product into a sustainable business –that would be too complex for a single entry. Instead, we will focus on profiling those who possess the right skills to start a life as an entrepreneur.
These set of traits are the most basic things that an entrepreneur needs. We will talk about the characteristics of someone who, as a runner in an obstacle course, reaches his goal thanks to a set of skills that go beyond detecting business opportunities.
Let’s make a checklist:
– Introspection, know who you are. Self-awareness is key.
– Be aware of your strengths and weaknesses, particularly those related to the type of activity or business you want to develop as an entrepreneur.
– Be creative. You need to be able to conceive a future and set yourself apart from the competition.
– Make a plan that includes your goals. Moreover, having a schedule with activities and ways to evaluate them is paramount for success.
– Once you have set your goals, gather the tools you need to analyze your skills and to ensure that they are within reach.
– Organize and prioritize your objectives. Give the right place to all and each one within your plan’s timeline.
– Build a roadmap that answers, at least, these three questions: Where am I? Where am I going? And where do I want to be? A self-evaluation test could help you develop the right strategy.
– After the self-evaluation, make a plan to improve the areas where you found weaknesses.
– Think of your business as a final product or service to which you want to add qualities.
– Note that as an entrepreneur you will encounter “surprises” and unexpected events along the way and that many of those won’t be enjoyable or favorable. To that end, “predict” obstacles and build the contingencies to face them by evaluating risks.
We know being an entrepreneur is no easy task, this why at Innovation Hacking Lab, we want to provide you with the tools required to have a precise and consistent start on your way to success. Contact us today and find out how we can help!
“Ideas are easy; to make them happen is the hard part.”
Guy Kawasaki, founder of AllTop.