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Are you cut out to be an entrepreneur? Test yourself

Do you have what it takes to be a successful entrepreneur? Here are 15 points that are common characteristics for people who succeed in their businesses:

1. An entrepreneur is a person who has decided to take control of his/her own future.

2. Entrepreneurs who succeed are good at handling the money - an important thing for your business to exist is to keep hold of the money in a smart way.

3. Most entrepreneurs started early. They've been working extra as teenagers, mowing lawns for their neighbors, they've baked cookies or sold other things. They belong to the kind of entrepreneurs who early on showed the world that they wanted to do well at whatever they do.

4. Entrepreneurs are more interested in working than sleeping two extra hours in the morning (or two extra hours in the evening).

5. A contractor trusts his/her gut feeling and instincts and do something active instead of just babbling.

6. Entrepreneurs are always thinking ahead and coming up with new ideas, improvements and measures to create better conditions for better business.

7. Entrepreneurs often (not always) prefer to work alone than belonging to a group of people. They have often created an interesting world of their own and enjoy it.

8. Entrepreneurs are usually so engaged in what they do, that often they deliver beyond expectations to their customers.

9. Entrepreneurs are not interested in retiring. Their job is the same as their hobby. Even if they stop working, there are always things in their world that demands improvements.

10. A contractor is professional. It doesn't matter if he/she works from home or from an office or even from a car - when he/she works, there is nothing that can distract him/her.

11. Entrepreneurs are usually people with great energy and long-term goals – they're simply people with a desire to achieve something special and they know that it takes action rather than talk to get there.

12. Entrepreneurs are good problem solvers, risk takers, promoters, but they do it with responsibility. They are often less able to manage things and realize, at best, that they may need help with that.

13. Entrepreneurs are spurred on by competition - they don't necessarily like it, but they are encouraged to become better than their biggest competitor.

14. Entrepreneurs know that entrepreneurship is an ongoing process. When one goal is reached, it's time for the next. And the next and the next. It's the game and the success on the road that spurs them on.

15. Entrepreneurs like to work. Finding a balance between work and leisure is often the contractor's greatest challenge.

If most of these points apply to you, then you have a great potential to succeed as an entrepreneur.

About the author

Stefan Ekberg has worked in marketing for small business for 20 years and has written around 30 books on how small business owners can market themselves with limited resources. . In 2012 Stefan was nominated as Entrepreneur of the Year in Stockholm.

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