If you answer ‘yes’ to most the following then you’re well within your rights to class yourself as a budding entrepreneur.

  • You have always been driven, self-motivated and hardworking.
  • You’ve worked for employers in jobs that you have excelled at, and climbed the ladder fast.
  • You’ve worked in jobs thinking you could run the company much better than your employer.
  • You are always looking at ways to monetise EVERYTHING!
  • You notice the small things on a day to day basis – spelling mistakes on restaurant menus, weak handshakes and non-satisfactory customer service and want to scream. (You then spend the next half an hour ranting about how unacceptable it is to whoever will listen outlining how you would do it differently).
  • You don’t mind working long, unsociable hours and carrying on working when your mates are off to the pub- it’s for yourself after all.
  • You love watching TV shows like Dragons’ Den and The Apprentice.
  • You love hearing about new business ideas and meeting new people.
  • Enjoying what you do for a living is extremely important to you.
  • You measure success in profit not turnover.
  • Your aim is to work your business around your lifestyle rather than the other way around.
  • You see problems as challenges rather than obstacles.
  • You are not afraid of failure. If all else fails, try, try and try again.
  • You have at least one hero in the business world that inspires you e.g. Lord Alan Sugar, Sir Richard Branson, Karen Brady etc…
  • You use real life experiences to spur you on rather than hinder your progression.
  • You thrive on criticism and use it as a way of driving you forward whilst reciting the motto: ‘There is no better revenge than success.’
  • Procrastination is one of your biggest irritations.
  • You can’t wait to get up in the morning to start work.
  • You find yourself talking business on weekends, holidays, at weddings…
  • Sleeping is a barrier toward your goal and you cannot wait to get up to see what the day will bring.
  • You haven’t had a holiday in over two years because you don’t want one…you are far too busy.
  • You can’t envisage working for someone again, and want to build your own empire- and all the best to you, you are an inspiration!

Fiona Duncan, RSViP Business Network