Six Skills of Successful Business Owners

By Randall Orser | Small Business

multipurpose businessmanOwning a business is a lifelong career for successful business owners. Even if they have to choose a new business idea when one business fails, they continue to enjoy the advantages of being their own boss. What skills do successful business owners share? They possess management and interpersonal skills that complement their inclination to be self-starters.

If you have not worked as an entrepreneur, these ideas may assist you in determining your readiness for business ownership.

Know how to manage tasks

Just like managers, business owners analyze work processes that make the company operate efficiently and effectively. Tasks include sourcing materials, delivering products and services, advertising and marketing, pricing, managing finances, meeting customer needs, and supervision.

Know how to divide work tasks

Effective task management requires assigning duties to the owner and to the employees. A successful business owner selects workers who can adequately perform their tasks. When business goals are not met, the owner reassigns tasks and provides additional training to workers.

Know how to hire good help

Successful entrepreneurs recognize the limitations of their abilities. They hire managers and other workers to support the business so their weaknesses do not prevent attainment of business goals.

Know how to communicate a vision for your business

Business owners want to work with employees who share the same vision. When employees do not help the company through their behaviors and actions, a business owner is not afraid to discipline employees or terminate them.

Know how to make decisions in a dynamic market

When the economy changes (i.e. prices for supplies go up), the business owner modifies his or her business strategy. This type of decision-making is responsive, not reactive. An entrepreneur cannot stick to an old business model in a different business environment.

Know how to balance personal and professional lives

A business owner can easily work 100 hours a week trying to build the business. Because of the long-term nature of owning a business, the successful entrepreneur schedules time off for health needs and vacation. The friends and family of the business owner also receive priority when needed. Leaving the business in the trust of a dependable employee is part of the balancing act.

Prospective entrepreneurs can succeed in owning a business by developing these skills and other management skills commonly exhibited by business owners and managers. Remember that failing at one business venture does not prevent a business owner from succeeding at business ownership in the future.

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