When I first wanted in on this gig, I thought to myself "Am I the entrepreneurial type?" Many people out there wonder if they have what it takes to duke it out in the competitive world of internet marketing. From Quickmba.com, it is said that "an entrepreneur is a person of very high aptitude who pioneers change, possessing characteristics found in only a very small fraction of the population." The word entrepreneur originates from the French word, entreprendre, which means "to undertake." The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines the entrepreneur as one who organizes, manages, and assumes the risks of a business or enterprise.
There is only one problem with this dictonary defininition. People want a business they can succeed at without any risk involved. This is part of the new-aged "give me everything faster, better and for the best price" attitude. The majorady of serious people looking to start a business online want to to trust in something with a good track record. Being an entrepreneur is all about the mindset. You may hear this a lot in your travels, but it's true. From entrepreneur.com, these are just some of the characteristics an entrepreneur must have in order to be successful:
~Do what you enjoy because people will hear the enthusiasm in your voice among other things!
~Take what you do seriously, how can anyone else if you don't?
~Plan everything-this is where writing down your daily/monthly and yearly goals comes in handy.
~Become a shameless self-promoter (without becoming obnoxious). Master web 2.0, and you can't lose!
~Become known as an expert. This is where writing articles, creating youtube videos and blogs play a big role.
~Invest in yourself. Always be up for educating yourself. Just learning html is a good step in making yourself more valueable.
~Design your workspace for success. You must have a room where you can block everything else out to get what you need done in a day.
~Take time off. This one is my favourite, because everyone needs a little down time! You should develop some kind of fixed working schedule even if you want to start part time.
There are many traits an entrepreneur must have in order to be sucessful. That doesn't mean one has to possess all of them to get started. If you have the desire to work from home, take the time to make it so. There will be times if discouragement, but you'll need to focus on the small milestones and the achievements you make along the way. It keeps things fun and interesting. Once you meet one goal, set another! So are you the "entrepreneurial" type? It takes a strong person to make that initial decision to go for it, but that doesn't mean you have to quit your job right away. You can't win if you don't bet!