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Six Effective Ways to Build Essential Entrepreneurial Skills

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Becoming your own boss, running a business and working as an entrepreneur is the most coveted career choice of this century. Today, people are becoming increasingly fed up of working in jobs that leave them feeling dissatisfied, unfulfilled and even worse – underpaid. On the other hand, becoming an entrepreneur gives you the chance to make a difference in the world, take control of your own company, make the rules and work on your own terms.

To become a successful entrepreneur, you’ll need a distinct set of skills and qualities. The good news is that with more and more people starting their own business, it’s never been easier to acquire the skills that can help you build and run a successful company of your own. Here are some of the best ways to build and boost your entrepreneurial skills.

#1. Invest in Your Education:

So, you want to build your own business, but don’t have the last clue about getting started? The good news is that you’re not alone. Not every successful entrepreneur was born ready to become a business owner; many have had to put some serious work in to get to where they are today. Becoming a successful entrepreneur means that you’ll need a lifelong commitment to learning. And, what better place to start than here and now?

Today, it’s easier than ever for anybody to improve their skills, knowledge and education. If you have a bachelor’s degree in almost any subject, some years of work experience or some basic business knowledge, you may qualify to get your MBA online, which will teach you the basic pillars of running a successful business and everything in between. And the flexibility of taking an online degree program means that you can work it around building your business too.

#2. Try Something New:

One thing that all successful entrepreneurs have in common is the ability to be creative and think outside of the box. The ability to see things differently and come up with solutions is extremely important when you want to run a successful business.

To boost your creativity, make a point of trying something new. Do something that you wouldn’t normally choose to do; take classes, read unusual books, or watch movies in different languages. Travel to places that you wouldn’t normally choose to and make an effort to speak to and get to know people who wouldn’t usually be in your circle. Going against popular opinion can not only be lots of fun, it can also help you broaden your mind and unleash your entrepreneurial creativity.

#3. Challenge Yourself:

Every single entrepreneur needs to be ready for the challenges that running a business is going to throw at them. And, to be a successful business owner, you’ll need to develop strong tenacity and the ability to persevere when the going gets tough. Be ready for the fact that an entrepreneur’s life is never plain sailing, and know that it takes a lot of strength and guts to continue going when your abilities and ideas are doubted.

So, to build these skills as a would-be entrepreneur, make a point of challenging yourself and going for your goals. Create a goal or challenge for yourself that is meaningful, and don’t allow yourself to give in to the urge to quit. This could be anything from quitting smoking to conquering a fear of heights. The more you persevere, the stronger and more resilient you will become.

#4. Get Financially Savvy:

Understanding basic finance and being good with money is crucial to running a successful company. While you may be able to hire financial advisors and/or accountants to help you balance the books, ultimately your business’s financial decisions will be down to you, so ensuring that you’re in a position to make smart ones is essential to your success.

To improve your skills in this aspect, spend some time getting better at managing your own finances. Manage your own budget and investments and learn how to do your own taxes; this will certainly stand you in better stead when you begin running your own company. You don’t need to invest in professional accountancy training – unless you wish to, of course – but you should at least be able to understand the basics of cash flow, assets, and profits and losses.

#5. Improve Your Leadership Skills:

When you’re an entrepreneur, you are in control of your own business, the people working within it, and its ability to grow and succeed. Therefore, the ability to lead a team, stay in control and stay organized has never been more important. One of the best ways to improve your leadership skills is through voluntary work.

Whether you volunteer to coach a kid’s sports team, lead a fundraising campaign for a charity close to your heart, get involved with your local community board or start a group that meets regularly to share a hobby, throwing yourself into leading something will improve your confidence in this area and set you up with valuable skills for entrepreneurship. Don’t be afraid to ask for feedback on your leadership skills, either – taking constructive criticism on board will help you make necessary adjustments and become better at what you do.

#6. Learn from a Mentor:

Last but not least, mentorship can be extremely useful when it comes to being successful with starting and running your own business. Rather than risking making all the mistakes yourself, having a mentor that you can work closely with means that you’ll be able to learn from all the slip-ups that they’ve made in the past and take advantage of the advice that they wish somebody had given them when they’d just started out.

And, finding a mentor can also help you improve your communication and networking skills; these are also extremely crucial when it comes to successfully running your own company. Find a suitable mentor who’s willing to work with you by putting yourself out there at networking events, getting involved in your local business community and being active online in forums and social media groups.

Boosting these essential entrepreneurial skills will help you become more successful at running your own business. We’d love to hear your feedback – tell us what you thought of these tips in the comments.

 

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Simon is a creative and passionate business leader dedicated to having fun in the pursuit of high performance and personal development. He is co-founder of Applied Change, a Business Change consultancy based in the UK. Simon is also an Ambassador for Gloucestershire business. Simon is an Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Professional Development.

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