Do you have what it takes?
There are some basic skills that you, as a potential business owner, should have. If you don't have them then you need to at least have a friend or family member who does or be willing to pay an outside service or consultant to do these things for you. These skills include (but certainly aren't limited to):
- Financial management and accounting - If you don't have the skills now, you either need to take the time to learn, or have someone else you can depend on to handle this side of the business for you.
- Marketing - You have to be able to sell yourself or your business. If people don't know about you then you won't get any business, and if you don't have any business then, technically, you aren't really in business. So, marketing is a very important part of your skillset. Fortunately, it is also an easy skill to farm out to experts.
- Management skills - You must have the management skills and organizational skills to wear the many hats you'll have to don in order to run your business. If you have no management experience at least start reading management books of all types that would apply to your business.
- Determination, enthusiasm, energy - No one ever said being your own boss was easy! In fact, you'll probably work harder than ever -- you'll just get to reap more of the benefits. You have to have the energy to make your business succeed. If you have any doubts then maybe you should rethink the idea. If you read the success stories behind many businesses, you'll see the recurring theme that the business owner had no doubts that he or she would succeed, or that the thought of failing never entered their minds.