Are You an Entrepreneur?

Daile Tucker

Ask yourself this question, “Do I have what it takes to be a home
entrepreneur?” Like any business venture, a home-based business requires
an investment of time, energy and resources.

An entrepreneur is a person who has decided to take control of his
future and become self-employedówhether by creating his own unique
business or working as a member of a “team,” as in multi-level
marketing. There are several character traits and work ethics that are
common to successful entrepreneurs.

Entrepreneurs are careful about money. They always know how much money
they have. They know the value and cost of things so they can recognize
a real bargain.

Most entrepreneurs earned money when they were teenagers ó babysitting,
mowing lawns, delivering newspapers, sacking groceries, etc.

Entrepreneurs are competitive by nature. Many were active in sports and
other competitions in high school and college. Others were competitive
in wanting to make good grades, earn the respect of their parents and
teachers and achieve their goals.

Entrepreneurs believe in the old adage, “the early bird gets the worm.”
They sleep and eat enough to maintain their energy levels but they don’t
usually linger over nonproductive tasks.

Entrepreneurs are risk-takers who trust their hunches and act on them.
Taking risks can be small first steps, like placing your first ad in a
mailorder publication.

Entrepreneurs have a “head for business.” They are always thinking of
new ideas and new ways to make money or increase their business. They
are not afraid to put these ideas to use.

Entrepreneurs are usually loners rather than joiners. That’s one reason
why the home-based, mailorder business is so appealing to many
entrepreneurs. They prefer a solitary work environment.

Entrepreneurs are usually honorable people who do business based on a
handshake or a promise. They tend to form strong associations with
others who share this work ethic.

Entrepreneurs do set aside time for leisure activities and family. Their
principal form of relaxation is their work, but they do realize the
importance of downtime and spend time with their family.

Entrepreneurs don’t retire. They may sell or change their business,
thinking they will retire, but they always jump back in with a new
project or get a new idea that they just can’t ignore.

Entrepreneurs are professionals. Whether working from their bedroom, the
kitchen table or a modern, well-appointed home office, they operate just
as they would if they were in an expensive office building in a major
city. When they are working, they don’t let outside influences distract

In general, entrepreneurs are people who have high energy, feel
self-confident, set long-term goals, and view money and financial
security as a measure of accomplishment and piece of mind.

They persist in problem solving, take risks, learn from failures (their
own and from others), take the initiative, accept personal
responsibility and use all available resources to achieve their success.

Entrepreneurs compete with themselves and believe that success or
failure lies within their personal control or influence. They do not see
non-successes as failures but as learning experiences. Most of all, they
never give up and never quit striving for success.

If you fit most of these criteria, you have what it takes to be an
entrepreneur. Success comes mainly from educating yourself andóA LOT OF

Daile Tucker is an author and publisher of several mailorder and
home-business related publications, including the widely read and
respected mailorder newspaper, SmartShopper. She has operated a
successful home business for the past 16 years. Daile has written two
booklets to help people succeed in mailorderóMailorder Made Easy ($10
ppd) and Mailorder Insider Success Strategies ($19.95 ppd). For more
information or to order one of her books write: PMG Publishing, PO Box
3096-HB, Hueytown, AL 35023.

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