First of all, I’d like my audience to be informed of the little knowledge I have regarding business. I do not have a business degree and I can’t guarantee  your business will be successful. I am simply an entrepreneur. I deal with aspects of business, but I don’t claim to be an expert.  However, being an entrepreneur I have found that certain characteristics are necessary when starting a business.  Although my business is in the beginning stages, it won’t be long until it shows promise. I’m confident of this because I have the right mind set, qualities, and reachable goals to see this become a reality.

As a business owner I’ve also learned that success doesn’t happen overnight, but within time. I’d like to take a minute to encourage those new small business owners that are having a rough start. Don’t give up, persistence pays off. Ever heard of Thomas Edison? He didn’t get the incandescent electric light bulb right the first time. However, with multiple prototypes he was able to perfect it.  I encourage you to keep working at your design, tweak a few things if you have too and go showcase your product again. Most people work hard and have to wait to reap the benefits of their labor.  Take the farmers for example, they labor in preparing the soil and plant the seeds in order to harvest bountiful crops. Farmers must also be patient, since their crops aren’t ready to be gathered for at least a couple of months. However, once the crops are ready the farmers will harvest a variety of produce. Remember that there is a time for everything.

There are a handful of characteristics an entrepreneur should have. However, I just want to focus on three of them. The two basic qualities I think every business owner should have are passion and determination. Once you have passion and determination, the third one will shortly follow, which is  called commitment. I believe every entrepreneur should consider working on these three qualities before taking the plunge to start a business.

First, passion. In my opinion, it’s crucial  that you’re passionate about your business. It allows customers to observe what motivates and drives you. If you don’t have a passion for your business, it’ll be lacking in sustenance. Persuading others to be interested in your business endeavor without passion could present a challenge. People not only count on you to be creative, but also to bring excitement and energy to your business. When you’re passionate about your inventive ideas, you focus on accomplishing your goals. Oprah Winfrey says it best, “Passion is energy. Feel the power that comes from focusing on what excites you.” This concept should be applied to all entrepreneurs who explore their creativity. Secondly, determination is another feature every entrepreneur should have. It’s what keeps you focused, confident, and allows you to accomplish every goal you set out for yourself. There will always  be obstacles that try to block you from reaching your goals. However, having determination will help you push through those barriers. Determination is power. Being determined permits you to go against all odds which could, in turn force you to be flexible. Thirdly, commitment is a feature that will follow with passion and determination. I believe once you have these two basic qualities you will be more committed to your business. Being committed will allow you to focus on the goals you made for yourself. By setting those reachable goals you are able to achieve and accomplish things you could have only imagined. Having this can-do attitude will push you to reach your full potential.

In conclusion, there is a time to reap and a time to sow. A small business takes time to be successful and doesn’t happen right away. There are certain qualities an entrepreneur should have before pursuing this new venture of starting a business. The characteristics are passion, determination, and commitment. I believe having these features will point you in the right direction towards success. These qualities will be deemed useful the next time you are faced with obstacles. All of these characteristics will help motivate you to be creative and bring energy to your business. Remember to set goals that are not impossible to accomplish, then push yourself to achieve them.