How to become an entrepreneur with the Wessex Chamber

PUBLISHED: 16:59 12 December 2012 | UPDATED: 22:29 20 February 2013

How to become an entrepreneur with the Wessex Chamber

How to become an entrepreneur with the Wessex Chamber

Are you white, male, aged 36 and in the construction industry? If not, fear not!

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Are you white, male, aged 36 and in the construction industry? If not, fear not!

Statistically, the average UK entrepreneur is a 36-year-old white male working in the construction industry. But statistics can be very misleading because successful entrepreneurs and business owners come in absolutely all shapes and sizes: aged between 9 and 109, male, female, rich, poor, people with multiple doctorates and people who left school at 13, and from every ethnic background you can think of. What they have in common is the drive to make things happen.
This article explains the personality traits that make entrepreneurs who they are. And if the below sounds like you, you could well make a great one.

Determination
Starting and running a business is incredibly hard work and is usually riddled with complications, frustrations and constant set-backs.
Confidence
Confidence enables you to approach the people you need on-side: commercial partners, lucrative clients, target customers, suppliers.
Action-orientated
Entrepreneurs are the kind of people who just get on with things, rather than sitting around talking about them.
Passion
Passion for a business idea (and the ability to communicate it) is what gets staff, investors, banks, customers and commercial partners interested in your idea.
Ability to see the bigger picture
This is invaluable for your budgeting and business planning and, therefore, for the survival of your business.
People person
Business is all about relationships.
Risk-taker
That means grabbing an opportunity when you see one and not being afraid of failure. Without risk, there is no reward.
Opportunity-spotter
Being able to identify market gaps, new customers, new product possibilities and, if you become a fully fledged entrepreneur, new business opportunities.
Financial thinker
Entrepreneurs always think of profits and the bottom line. If youre not focused on making money or at least breaking even, youre not going to have a business for very long, just a cash-drain.

What if you dont think you have all these traits? Can you still run your own business? Of course you can. Does it matter that youve never run a business before? Of course not; everyones got to start somewhere. That said, there are some key skills that will really help you out if you dont have former business experience.
Find out more by coming to a Wiltshire Business Support Service Seminar or Workshop or have a free 1:1 meeting with your local Business Support Manager.
Call the Wiltshire Business Support Service on 01225 355553 or e-mail chris@wessexchambers.org.uk.wessexchambers org.uk/businesssupport

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