Well, entrepreneurs are a unique bunch, and if you’ve ever wondered which characteristics unite them, here’s our best explanation.
Today’s entrepreneurs need to be:
Being able to talk to people and pitch your idea is crucial to getting your ideas off the ground. Networking is the entrepreneur’s lifeblood because it can open up doors to new opportunities and even help to secure funding. Entrepreneurs that aren’t extroverts by nature can work on their people-skills through deliberate practice.
When you’re embarking on something new, there will be bumps along the way. Heck, there may even be Michigan-sized pot holes, detours and dead ends. How you handle those will likely determine how successful you’ll be.
3. Natural Leaders
Leaders want to take the reins and are willing to take on the risk to drive results. Leaders also know how to motivate people and get the most out of them to create something great. These are both integral to getting your idea launched and building it into everything that it can be.
Without passion, your professional endeavors are just work. It’s easy to put work on the back burner or just go through the motions, but passion is much harder to curb. Caring about what you’re doing or why you’re doing it is the secret sauce that will set you apart.
When you’re working for yourself you have to be disciplined but you also have to be really organized because otherwise, you’ll get lost in the details. With all of the regulations and requirements needed to run and grow the business, staying organized will help you to be efficient and effective.
Kate Pierce is the owner of LionShark Digital Marketing LLC, a West Michigan internet marketing company. Her areas of expertise include Paid Search, Search Engine Optimization, Social Media, Web Consulting for small businesses, Copywriting and Local Online Marketing. She lives in the Grand Rapids area with her husband and enjoys cooking, watching sports and spending time outdoors. Like a true digital marketing expert (i.e. geek), she loves talking about marketing theory and SEM trends… so don’t say you weren’t warned!