Coming into 2021 more and more people are considering an entrepreneurial life, and it’s easy to see why.
Firstly it’s appealing to most to have the freedom that comes with being self employed. You set your own hours, your own rates, you can be location independent.
But also, with the uncertainty that the pandemic has bought to a lot of people’s jobs, it’s understandable that many are looking to pursue their own business.
So, do you have what it takes to be an entrepreneur?
1. You feel unfulfilled with the 9-5
Maybe you’ve had multiple jobs, or career changes because you’ve never quite felt challenged enough or satisfied in the jobs you’ve had.
Or perhaps the restrictions of the 9-5 just don’t sit well with you, like having set hours. Your mind might be at its most creative at 6 in the morning, or at 10 o’clock at night.
It could be that you love the thought of extended periods of traveling, but you can’t work remotely from your current job, or take that much time off without losing your job.
If this is the case, it’s definitely a good sign that you should consider setting up on your own.
2. You live for weekends and holidays
You’re becoming sick of waking up on a Monday morning, to do the same tasks for the coming week, while just impatiently waiting for Friday to come around again.
You know there should be something more to life than this.
You want something that you’re passionate about, not a life that you’re wishing away until the freedom of the weekend arrives.
You want your work to not feel like work at all, but something that you’re excited to wake up for every single day.
Having your own business becomes your passion. You build it up from the ground, and working on it day in day out isn’t something that feels like work at all.
3. You love to continuously learn and develop new skills
Do you find yourself constantly on Pinterest or Google looking for inspiration to improve your skill sets.
Maybe you’re a sucker for online courses, or love a podcast or a good book.
With being an entrepreneur you are constantly learning something new, and keeping yourself up to date with best practices. It’s just part of your daily routines, and you’ll love it.
4. You’re a risk taker
You’re able to look at a situation and take calculated risks.
This is something that you’re required to do within business often to grow as an entrepreneur, so if this is something that doesn’t scare you, it could be a great option for you.
5. Do you like to help others
Running a business is always a means to provide a service, a product, or a solution for others. So if your passion is fuelled in helping people this is the perfect way to find your unique way in doing so.
6. You’re a problem solver
You have a great ability to take on a problem in a creative way. You don’t panic, but instead are solution focussed, and can find a way to resolve issues. You have a creative mind, and love nothing more than solving problems as they arise.
7. You’re prepared to work hard
With being your own boss, there’s obviously no repercussions from spending the whole day internet shopping while pretending to work.
Except the fact that your business wont grow.
If hard work is something you’re used to, then you’re going in the right direction to be an entrepreneur.
Because it is hard work. A lot of it. And it’s never ending. There will always be something more to do. But you’ll love doing it, because it’s your business.
8. The traditional education route wasn’t for you
Did you hate school, or didn’t make it to university?
These are still seen as the only way to succeed in life. You must have a degree. But your creative mind didn’t conform to the ‘norm’
Being an entrepreneur doesn’t require any formal education, so if you’re sick of been told over and over again you need a degree to make a decent life for yourself, then starting out on your own and proving them wrong could be perfect for you.
9. You don’t have ‘normal’ aspirations
People around you were dreaming about becoming a lawyer, a teacher, being a manager ect. But you didn’t feel any of these were the right fit for you.
You know you’re going to be successful in life, but you’ve just not found your thing yet.
Making your ‘thing’ yourself and your business is a great motivator for success.
10. You don’t want to retire
The thought of not working sounds incredibly dull to you.
You live a life that needs to be filled with purpose and passion, and you don’t see that stopping just because you turned 65.
So did you find yourself resonating with any of these points? Then maybe it’s time to start out on your own, and join the entrepreneurial lifestyle!