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Are you considering self-employment? See if you have an entrepreneurial mindset. If you possess most of these traits the transition from employee to entrepreneur will be easier.

How many traits of an entrepreneur do you have?

  • You are passionate about a cause, your product or service, and are on a mission to change the world in some way.
  • You are not afraid to fail – it’s how you grow and learn.
  • You remain focused on your goals. You do not get distracted by ‘shiny objects’ that call to you for attention.
  • You are confident you will succeed if you stay the course. You have planned ahead for a successful outcome.
  • You are not held back by what others might think of your actions.
  • You are willing to let go of perfectionism and will polish things as needed.
  • You are willing to step out of your comfort zone.
  • You are a self-starter. You don’t need to be told what to do.
  • You are comfortable with risk-taking, but don’t take crazy risks.
  • You can work through setbacks and challenges.
  • You have a non-emotional relationship with money and that helps you to make wise decisions about how to spend.
  • You are comfortable with uncertainty and can handle the roller-coaster ride of emotional ups and down that come with business.
  • You willingly invest time and money in your own development.

Most of these words can be used to describe you:

  • Optimistic
  • Persistent
  • Inquisitive
  • Demanding
  • Committed
  • Change agent
  • Hard worker
  • Creative
  • Visionary
  • Independent
  • Self-confident
  • Decisive
  • Strong integrity
  • Risk taker
  • Innovative
  • High energy
  • Reliable
  • Take initiative
  • Goal-oriented
  • Problem-solver
  • Can handle criticism

Some employers will be happy you possess these skills and hire specifically because you have them. However, if you work for an employer who doesn’t appreciate these traits, consider designing your own self-employment plan.