Do You Have The Right Stuff?


Starting your own business is a more profound project than many wish to admit. Do you have the personality and training to be an entrepreneur? Entrepreneurs are not born; they become educated in the needed skills to lead, manage, and grow a successful company.

Find Out If You Have The Right Stuff

Take a personality test for yourself and your partners if you have them. Standard tests are the Type A and B personality tests, the Big Five Personality Test, the Cognitive Style Inventory, and the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator. The tests identify the skills and traits of an individual.

They are identifying specific characteristics needed to be a successful entrepreneur.

You may have the skill set for a particular function. But you must know every aspect and part of the intended businesses you are trying to create. You can only hire employees to fill specific positions if you know the questions to ask about their skill sets and if they are current and viable. 

Don’t race to the finish line. There is a lot of preparation.

Some claim that all they need is their business license, which needs to be corrected. There are so many other tasks before you even reach that point. Slow down and write your to-do list (pros and cons). First, determine if your market area and predicted customer base need your product or service. Yes, we can say we can do it better than XYZ, but then you have the challenge of convincing your potential customer base that you are better than your competitor. Remember, their bad reviews can reflect on you.  

Creating A Business Research Start-up Budget, Even For An Existing Business

There are hours of research that goes into creating your new enterprise. There are many of the same rules for each type of business, from retail to manufacturing. But each task is a line item concerning the funding of each part of the “competitive discovery.” 

Discovering If Your Business Idea Is The Right One

It is so easy to get locked into an idea and start investing, then realize our idea/path was wrong. It is a habit to copy other successful companies and then discover they are not as successful as they appear. Market and trend research is vital, realizing that some fade businesses last six months to two years. To be successful, you need to do your homework, lots of it. 

The Generation Of Followers Through Proper Leadership

We have heard about knowing OUR WHY (Simon Sinek) to stand out from your competition, but there is more when creating followers. Your Why must be so realistic and genuine that others will set aside their goals to follow yours and your dream. They are hoping you will make their lives better and that of others.

Truth or Noise

The information provided and the direction and path are often gathered from Google, Bing, AI text generators, and other sources. More accurate and in-depth research is needed, which their providers have admitted needs much improvement. Truth and facts are vital when putting together your future pathway.

The provided content via AI and other website content lacks originality and strength of facts due to the trend of copying and mixing other content. Those creating algorithms for AI may have undesirable intentions in these mathematical software engines in promoting political agendas and personal or corporate promotions. 

Due to the infiltration of AI (and there is a lot of reverse engineering of your intentions, as you move forward, you will be reversing engineering other businesses, strategies, and methods.

A New Family Member

When you start your own company, it’s not just a business – it’s a new family member. Like any new addition to the family, there will be ups and downs. You will need support, and you will need to build a community. But most importantly, you will need to remember that starting a company is a lot like starting a new family.

 Challenges and Rewards  

Ups and downs: Starting a company and a family comes with challenges and rewards. In both situations, there will be good days and bad days. There will be times when you feel like quitting and times when you feel like everything is going your way. It’s essential to embrace these ups and downs and realize they are a natural part of the process.

Need for Support

Just like you need help from family and friends when you start a new family, you also need support when you start a business. You will encounter challenges that you will need help tackling. You will require people to help you navigate challenging times and to celebrate your successes. It’s essential to surround yourself with a team of people who believe in your vision and are willing to support you.

Importance of Community

Starting a business is not just about making a profit – it’s also about positively impacting the community. Just like a family is a basic unit within a larger community, a business is also an important community member. Building relationships with other companies, customers, and community members is critical. Being a part of a community can provide opportunities for growth, support, and collaboration.

Why Family is Essential to Small Businesses

Family is vital to small businesses because it provides a strong foundation for growth and success. Just like a family offers emotional and financial support, a strong team of employees who feel like family can offer the same support to a business. Employees who feel part of a family are more motivated to work hard and contribute to the business’s success. Family-owned companies often have a unique culture and values that set them apart from other firms.  

Starting a company is not easy, but neither is starting a family. Both require hard work, dedication, and support from others. Just like you wouldn’t give up on your family, you shouldn’t give up on your business. Embrace the ups and downs, build a strong community, and remember that family is a crucial ingredient to the success of any small business.

But always remember that your own personal family comes first overall.

(There is no excuse for failure in the home – David O’ McKay)

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