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Do You Have What It Takes to Become a Preneur?Susan L. Reid
Becoming an entrepreneur is not for everyone.
Besides the wonderful benefits of working for yourself, setting your own hours, and the ability to choose when and where you work, there are also some challenges. Sure, it’s nice not to have to report to your old boss anymore, though your new inner boss could be a lot tougher. What's more, your new inner boss may not have a clue about time management, budgeting, and niche marketing.
According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, the word preneur is a derivative of the Old French, entreprendre, and means to take. A preneur is one who organizes, manages, and takes the risks of owning a small business or enterprise. A preneur is someone who has a vision and wants to take that vision out into the world and see it come to fruition. A preneur is someone who wants to make a difference in the world and is willing to do whatever it takes to make that happen.
Becoming an entrepreneur and small business owner is not for everyone. For many people, the very thought of not having a steady paycheck is enough to put them off. For others it’s the cost of starting a small business, paying for health insurance, social security, and other future needs that becomes too much of an investment and risk. For some it is stress of working in isolation, lack of knowing where to turn for feedback and support, endless distractions, and being, at least for a time, a one-woman-show that sends them running for the door.
Though, for the fortunate few who feel the call of the preneur, this is about as exciting a time as it gets to start up and launch your new business!
Top 10 Characteristics of Preneurs
Fortunately, for those who are considering whether or not to become a preneur, psychologists, sociologists, and historians have been studying the behavior characteristics and traits of successful preneurs for long enough to have come up with a composite list of attributes and characteristics.
Read the list and mentally keep count of how many times you said, “Yes, that’s me!”
So, How’d You Do?
How many "yes, that’s me!'' answers did you have?
Entrepreneurs are extraordinary people. They value freedom, autonomy, independence, and control. They are creative, driven self-starters, who have plenty of good ideas and are ready to do what needs to be done to make things happen. They have courage and conviction in spades and don’t see failure the same way that other people do. To them, what lies within failure is the answer to what they need to do in order to become a success. They know that within every problem is a solution.
Preneurs understand that they ARE the business. They are its originator, its motivating force, its drive, and its energy. They are remarkable in their inner toughness and strength that aids them in rising above self-doubt, apparent failures, and the din of their critics.
Being an entrepreneur is what we are all about, folks.
Copyright © 2007 by Susan L. Reid
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Copyright ©2007 by Susan L. Reid, DMA
Susan L Reid, DMA, Small Business Start Up Coach, Consultant & Accidental Pren-her™ is the author of Discovering Your Inner Samurai: The Entrepreneurial Woman's Journey to Business Success. Known for taking the fear out of starting up businesses, Susan provides value, inspiration and direction to entrepreneurial women starting up and launching small businesses.
To get your copy of Discovering Your Inner Samurai: The Entrepreneurial Woman's Journey to Business Success, go to WME Books or visit www.Alkamae.com. For ideas and start up tips, sign-up for our free e-Zine for entrepreneurial women called LAUNCH YOU! We are blogging at: http://susanreid.typepad.com
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