Being an Entrepreneur: Skillful, Creative, Committed


A small business owner is expected to be creative and inventive, if s/he is expected to succeed in the operation of his/her enterprise. While small business owners are not expected to be geniuses, most of them are entrepreneurs, and therefore must possess the skill, creativity and commitment to their craft in order to be successful. If you have a sneaky feeling that creativity is not one of your strong points, you may then ask, what can I do to stimulate my brain and get it kicked-started?

Here are a few ideas you might take a look at to help you reach your creative objectives:

Be Unlimited

Too many people are ‘limited thinkers’. They have their world placed squarely in a box and nothing can exist outside of that. If the newspaper reports something then it must be right. If Joe next door says that something is impossible then he must be right. As a small business owner, you cannot afford to be a ‘limited thinker’.

You have to be an ‘unlimited thinker’ in order to be a successful entrepreneur or enterpriser. Get into the habit of seeing no boundaries; decide that there are no taboos. Be imaginative, originative, even fanciful. Have the belief that with a bit of focus you can find a creative solution to all of your problems. This is the foundation for a creative thought process.

Be Future-Focused

Creative ideas invariably come when you ‘look’ into the future. The feeling of propelling yourself forward and seeing the problem solved is a great motivator. Do you think you could achieve the same result if you were backward focused? I don’t think so! Train yourself to be future-focused, always looking ahead, not a traditional thinker who tries to find answers in today’s world.

Be a Writer

Once you open your mind to the joys of creativity the ideas will quickly start flowing, as if someone has opened the flood gates! Just like flood water, unless you catch it the ideas are lost for ever. Capture all your ideas by carrying a small pocket notebook with you. As soon as an idea pops into your mind, write it down. It doesn’t matter how outlandish it is, you can look at it in the cold light of day later on.

The fact you are responding to the ideas by noting them will further encourage you to be even more creative – good deeds encourage more good deeds! And the same can be said of “good habits”. If you get into a good habit routine, you will be pleasantly surprised at how your actions will automatically adjust to the good habit routine with little effort on your part.

Be Clutter-Free

If you are naturally an untidy person, then get out of the habit! A cluttered office will lead to a cluttered mind. You cannot expect your brain to work efficiently when all it’s doing is constantly reminding you how untidy your office is. To be creative remove all the clutter from your life and free your mind.

Be Action-Oriented

All of these points are great, but if you don’t take any action with your ideas, then you may as well not have bothered. An idea is nothing but a thought unless you take a specific action to help bring it to life. Periodically review your notebook and see if there are any hidden gems, or ideas which can be quickly actioned.

A lot of your ideas may not suit at all but in there somewhere is probably an idea, which if acted upon, could change you or your business. Commit fully to move forward on as many of your ideas as you can. Don’t be afraid to break down the boundary walls. As John Stuart Mill said, “That which seems the height of absurdity in one generation often becomes the height of wisdom in the next.”


And Yes…Be A Dreamer!

There’s a great line in Alice in Wonderland when the Queen says, “Sometimes I think of 6 impossible things before breakfast.” I think you’ll agree that this has to be creativity at its best! As a small business owner this is an ideal you really need to strive for … but how on earth can you open up your mind to get to the point where ideas just spill out?

I’ll leave you with this thought to ponder: If you can be creative enough to be dismissed as a dreamer, you may just be on the fast track to success as an entrepreneur. If not, you need a little practice, and NOW may be as good a time to get started as any.

Prospects of Running Your Own Business


Very few people ever got rich by working for someone else. puttiing aside popular musicians, sports stars and gifted people, the only way to acquire wealth through working for it is to build a business of your own. Be an entrepreneur! The type of business you decide upon will mostly depend on three factors:

  • How much money you have available as start-up capital and working capital;
  • Your business idea; and
  • Your confidence level.

There are three basic types of businesses you have at your disposal:

  1. The Traditional – a brick and mortar in which you will rely solely on your own efforts;
  2. The Franchise – where you follow a proven idea and receive considerable training and back-up from the franchise company; and
  3. Web Marketing – which encompasses Network Marketing, Multi-level Marketing and a whole slew of different niches you can explore.

Each business type has its pros and cons.

The traditional business requires considerable financial input, either from your own resources or part-funded by your bank. You may need to rent premises; buy equipment; hire staff; pay for advertising, brochures, stationery, and stock. A frighteningly high percentage of this type of business fails in the first year. To succeed you need: a good idea, considerable financial backing, good health, an understanding spouse, and stamina. If you do succeed you will own the business outright and benefit from all the profits.

Franchises have a high success rate. Banks like them because each franchise operation has a proven track record; thus the banks can accurately judge the risk and consequently will lend money for this kind of start-up. However, all the support and training comes at a price: the initial entrance fee is likely to be very high, and a percentage of the business’s turnover has to be paid to the franchise company.

Web marketing which encompasses Network Marketing, Multi-level Marketing, to name a few, has many advantages and few disadvantages. The entrance fee is low and the ongoing expenses are even lower. A Web marketing business can be started in your spare time. In fact, that is the best way to approach it. Start small, and keep at it. The secret is perseverance! Get past the first year and you should find this type of business has a sound foundation from which you can build a serious income. It is said that 95% of those who survive ten years in Web marketing become wealthy beyond their wildest expectations.

So which type of business is for you? If you wish to provide a service or product where you have previous experience from a former employment, the traditional business will be probably be the best choice. However, if you are just tired of working for someone else and making them rich and wish to venture out on your own, then a franchise or Web marketing business just might be the preferred option.

The choice then is determined chiefly by the funds you have access to, and the time and effort you wish to put into your enterprise. A franchise will require substantial funds and 100% commitment. You are jumping in at the deep end, although the franchise company will provide training and support to help keep you afloat.

On the other hand you can ease yourself gently into Web marketing by starting part-time while you continue with your current employment; building your business by ploughing profits back into it if necessary. Persevere and there will come a time when the income from your own business will be sufficient to support you financially. You will then be able to leave your employment and concentrate on your business, which in turn will pay dividends. One such dividend (an important one) is enjoying considerable free time with your family.