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10 Signs That You Should be An Entrepreneur and Start Your Own Company

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10 Signs That You Should be An Entrepreneur and Start Your Own Company

Not everyone is cut out for the stress of a new venture. Successful entrepreneurs will tell you that their success came from blood, sweat and tears, and maybe even a little luck. No training or education can get you ready for driving the success of a new venture; so how do you know when you’re cut out for it? Here are 10 signs that you have what it takes to be an entrepreneur.

1. You Can Handle Risk

One reason people stick to a safe, consistent job is that they know money comes in every month with little worry. It could be that they can’t risk the possibility of failure due to family and financial commitments, or they just want the comfort of knowing that they always have a paycheck coming in.

Entrepreneurs are ready to take the risk. They see it as a challenge and maybe have a plan B should the venture fail. They could have a safety net but always have a plan to make it work. They also handle risk well and don’t let it deter them from their goals.

2. Confidence with Your Idea

It’s easier to accept risk when you have strong confidence in your idea. Confidence isn’t learned. You’re born with it, and it usually comes with an idea that you strongly believe provides a solution to a problem.

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Entrepreneurs exude confidence both in their idea and their own abilities to launch the idea. They usually have a positive attitude towards new ventures, and look at the world with a “glass is half full” point of view. This confidence greatly improves their ability to deal with risk and problems that arise as they deal with problems during the unstable startup phase.

3. You Approach A Problem with A Solution

No matter how confident you are in your idea, you should expect hurdles and challenges that will test your patience. If you approach these hurdles with an attitude that you can find a solution, then you have the right entrepreneurial spirit to make it work.

Entrepreneurs approach problems differently than the rest of the world. They approach a problem with the question: What is a good solution to solve this problem? This is why coders and web designers make such great entrepreneurs. They can code and design answers to some of the world’s problems with their skills in technology.

4. You Have Ideas that Don’t Fit into A Regular 9-5 Job

Most corporations love employees with ideas, but sometimes they go unappreciated. Sometimes your ideas don’t fit with the status quo in your organization. It could be a great idea, but most regular 9-5 jobs have certain rules and standards. Long-term organizations rarely deviate from their common workflow. This puts a stop on any ideas you have to make a change in the way the organization operates.

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You can take your idea and turn it into your own venture. If this is something you’ve considered, you could have the right entrepreneurial attitude to make a change for the better and move on from the corporate world.

5. Salesmanship is One of Your Strong Traits

As an entrepreneur, you’re likely the only one in your startup at the very beginning of the venture. Partnering with someone else is a luxury, but most entrepreneurs start off with just their own idea and salesmanship.

You need to have the right salesmanship to sell your idea to investors, customers, and anyone else who can help further your ideas such as a software development firm. If you don’t have the ability to sell your idea, your venture will struggle. You can even partner with someone who brings this trait to the venture, but this is usually at the cost of equity.

6. You’re Persistent

Any successful entrepreneur will tell you that they struggled at some point during the startup phase. Some challenges are too difficult for people to handle, and they fold after a few bumps in the road. It’s important to know your limitations, but entrepreneurs are often persistent to a fault. This persistence can sometimes be perceived as stubbornness, but in a good way.

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Drive and dedication lead to persistence, and confidence helps drive your never-ending desire to make your ideas work rather than quit.

7. You’re Never Happy with The Status Quo

Some people have a desire to look at current standards and improve them. Entrepreneurs aren’t happy with the status quo. They want to make things better using their own ideas and inventions.

Entrepreneurs find ways to improve process and workflow in every part of their lives. This can be using technology or other industries. Usually, the entrepreneur is an expert in their field, but it’s not always the case. If you see ways that things can change for the better in everyday life and you have the desire to fix it, you have the right spirit.

8. Building Solutions is Your Hobby

Entrepreneurs like building things. These “things” are solutions to problems. They do it in their personal lives as well as their work life. They see it as a hobby, and sometimes a hobby can become your main source of income.

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The “things” you build could be for any industry including technology, finance, entertainment or travel. If you have an idea, it could be time to turn it into your future.

9. You See Opportunity Everywhere

This point goes along with the “see the world as a glass that’s half full” scenario. Entrepreneurs are not only positive minded, but they also see opportunity everywhere. This is what turns them into strong business owners that build a startup from a one-man idea into a strong organization with several employees.

10. You’re Always Competitive

Entrepreneurs are usually competitive. They have to be to compete with bigger businesses. They use their confidence, persistence and ideas to generate a competitive venture. Most entrepreneurs have been competitive since childhood. This competitiveness gives them the motivation to soldier on through the tough times during the startup phase, even if similar, competitive startups to theirs already exist in the marketplace.

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Last Updated on August 25, 2021

Why Personal Branding Is Important to Your Career

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Why Personal Branding Is Important to Your Career

As a recruiter, I have met and interviewed hundreds of candidates who have no idea who they are.

Without a personal brand, candidates struggle to answer the question: “tell me about yourself—who are you?” They have no idea about who they are, what their strengths are, and how they can add value to the company. They present their CV’s believing that their CV is the key to their career success. In some ways, your CV still has its use. However, in today’s job market, you need more than a CV to stand out in a crowd.

According to Celinne Da Costa:[1]

“Personal brand is essentially your golden ticket to networking with the right people, getting hired for a dream job, or building an influential business.” She believes that “a strong personal brand allows you to stand out in an oversaturated marketplace by exposing desired audiences to your vision, skillset, and personality in a way that is strategically aligned with your career goals.”

A personal brand opens up your world to so many more career opportunities that you would never have been exposed to with just your CV.

What Is Your Personal Brand?

“Personal branding is how you distinctively market your uniqueness.” —Bernard Kelvin Clive

Today, the job market is very competitive and tough. Having a great CV will only let you go so far because everyone has a CV, but no one else has your distinct personal brand! It is your personal brand that differentiates you from everyone else and that is what people buy—you.

Your personal brand is your mark on the world. It is how people you interact with and the world see you. It is your legacy—it is more important than a business brand because your personal brand lasts forever.

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I have coached people who have very successful careers, and they come to me because they have suddenly found that they are not getting the opportunities or having the conversations that would them to their next role. They are having what I call a “career meltdown,” all because they have no personal brand.

A personal brand helps you become conscious of your differences and your uniqueness. It allows you to position yourself in a way that makes you stand out from the pack, especially among other potential job applicants.

Don’t get me wrong, having a great CV and a great LinkedIn profile is important. However, there are a few steps that you have to take to have a CV and LinkedIn profile that is aligned to who you are, the value you offer to the market, and the personal guarantee that you deliver results.

Building your personal brand is about strategically, creatively, and professionally presenting what makes you, you. Knowing who you are and the value you bring to the table enables you to be more informed, agile, and adaptable to the changing dynamic world of work. This is how you can avoid having a series of career meltdowns.

Your Personal Brand Is Essential for Your Career Success

In her article, Why Personal Branding Is More Important Than Ever, Caroline Castrillon outlines key reasons why a personal brand is essential for career success.

According to Castrillon,[2]

“One reason is that it is more popular for recruiters to use social media during the interview process. According to a 2018 CareerBuilder survey, 70% of employers use social media to screen candidates during the hiring process, and 43% of employers use social media to check on current employees.”

The first thing I do as a recruiter when I want to check out a candidate or coaching client is to look them up on LinkedIn or other social media platforms, such as Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. Your digital footprint is the window that highlights to the world who you are. When you have no control over how you want to be seen, you are making a big mistake because you are leaving it up to someone else to make a judgment for you as to who you are.

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As Jeff Bezos, the founder of Amazon, once said, “Your brand is what people say about you when you are not in the room.”

In her book, Becoming, Michelle Obama writes about the importance of having a personal brand and her journey to defining her personal brand. She wrote that:

“if you don’t get out there and define yourself, you’ll be quickly and inaccurately defined by others.”

When you have a personal brand, you are in control. You know exactly what people will say about you when you leave the room.

The magic of a personal brand is that gives you control over how you want to be seen in the world. Your confidence and self-belief enable you to leverage opportunities and make informed decisions about your career and your future. You no longer experience the frustrations of a career meltdown or being at a crossroads not knowing what to do next with your career or your life. With a personal brand, you have focus, clarity, and a strategy to move forward toward future success.

Creating your personal brand does not happen overnight. It takes a lot of work and self-reflection. You will be expected to step outside of your comfort zone not once, but many times.

The good news is that the more time you spend outside of your comfort zone, the more you will like being there. Being outside of your comfort zone is where you can test the viability of and fine-tune your personal brand.

5 Key Steps to Creating Your Personal Brand

These five steps will help you create a personal brand that will deliver you the results you desire with your career and in life.

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1. Set Your Personal Goals

What is it that you want to do in the next five years? What will your future self be doing in the next five to ten years? What is important to you? If you can answer these questions, then you are on the right path. If not, then you have to start thinking about them.

2. Create Your Unique Value Proposition

Create your unique value proposition by asking yourself these four questions:

  1. What are your personality features? What benefit do you offer people?
  2. Who are you and why do people enjoy working with you?
  3. What do you do and what do people want you to do for them? How do you solve their problems?
  4. What makes you different from others like you?

The answers to these questions will give you the information you need to create your professional story, which is the key step to creating your personal brand.

3. Write Your Professional Story

Knowing who you are, what you want, and the unique value you offer is essential to you creating your professional story. People remember stories. Your personal story incorporates your value proposition and tells people who you are and what makes you unique. This is what people will remember about you.

4. Determine Which Platforms Will Support Your Personal Brand

Decide which social media accounts and online platforms will best represent your brand and allow you to share your voice. In a professional capacity, having a LinkedIn profile and a CV that reflects your brand is key to your positioning in relation to role opportunities. People will be connecting with you because they will like the story you are telling.

5. Become Recognized for Sharing Your Knowledge and Expertise

A great way for you to promote yourself is by sharing knowledge and helping others. This is where you prove you know your stuff and you gain exposure for doing so. You can do this through social media, writing, commenting, video, joining professional groups, networking, etc. Find your own style and uniqueness and use it to attract clients, the opportunities, or the jobs you desire.

The importance of having a personal brand is not going to go away. In fact, it is the only way where you can stand out and be unique in a complex changing world of work. If you don’t have a personal brand, someone will do it for you. If you let this happen, you have no control and you may not like the story they create.

Standing out from others takes time and investment. Most people cannot make the change by themselves, and this is where engaging a personal brand coach is a viable option to consider.

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As a personal brand coach, working with my clients to create their personal brand is my passion. I love the fact that we can work together to create a personal story that defines exactly what people will say when you leave the room.

Other People’s Stories

Listening to other people’s stories is a great way to learn. In his article, 7 TED Talks About Personal Branding, Rafael Dos Santos presents the best Ted Talks where speakers share their stories about the “why,” “what,” and “how” of personal branding.((GuidedPR: 7 TED Talks About Personal Branding))

Take some time out to listen to these speakers sharing their stories and thoughts about personal branding. You will definitely learn so much about how you can start your journey of defining yourself and taking control of your professional and personal life.

Your personal brand, without a doubt, is your secret weapon to your career success. As Michelle Obama said,

“your story is what you have, what you will always have. It is something to own.”

So, go own your story. Go on the journey to create your personal brand that defines who you are, highlights your uniqueness, and the value you offer to the world.

Featured photo credit: Austin Distel via unsplash.com

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