Is entrepreneurship for you?

There are many issues to consider before taking the leap from employment to self- employment. Before you start making any concrete plans for a new venture, take some time to consider if you are prepared for the challenge.

What does it take to become an entrepreneur?

Successful entrepreneurs possess many of the following attributes:

  •     Self-confidence & self-belief
  •     Willingness to take a risk
  •     Self-motivation
  •     Good communication skills
  •     Strong managerial experience
  •     Comfortable with taking on extra responsibilities
  •     Patience – it generally takes about 3 years for a new business to become profitable

As a budding entrepreneur you should carefully examine the list above. Consider which of these qualities you possess and which you need to develop.

Consider the positives and the negatives

It is very important that you are fully aware of both the positive and negative aspects of being your own boss before embarking on any new business venture.

Advantages of being your own boss:

  •     Increased job satisfaction
  •     Flexibility
  •     Can lead to a better work – life balance
  •     Financial rewards

Disadvantages of being your own boss:

  •     Long hours
  •     Possible isolation if working alone
  •     Risk of business failure
  •     Financial insecurity
  •     Extra legal responsibility