work             Holding down a typical 9am to 5pm job can be difficult for some people. Becoming an entrepreneur is incredibly popular these days. People like Mark Zuckerberg, Steve Jobs and Mark Shuttleworth are partially responsible for this phenomenon. We have seen these men become incredibly successful and we believe we can do the same. Do you believe you are destined to become an entrepreneur? But have you really thought about what that entails? Being an entrepreneur is not for the faint of heart. Ask yourself these five questions before you say no to that job offer. Why do you want to be an entrepreneur? If you like the idea of being an entrepreneur because you want to get rich quick and picture yourself lounging on a beach, think again. The road to being a successful entrepreneur is a long and difficult one. But if you do believe that you have the vision and the determination to see it through, then perhaps being an entrepreneur is for you. Do you have what it takes? Successful investor and entrepreneur Gary Vaynerchuck believes that if you lack certain strengths and skills, you’ll never make it as an entrepreneur. "So little thought is given to that fact that just like the top athletes in the world, entrepreneurs who build successful businesses come from a certain breed. They have an entrepreneurial DNA that allowed them to hone in on their business skills in the first place," he says. He outlines these five traits which he deems essential for every entrepreneur:
  • Salesmanship
  • A chip on your shoulder
  • An independent spirit
  • An understanding of consumers
  • Patience
Do you have these five traits? Could you live without the security of a traditional career? Working as an entrepreneur means you won’t necessarily know when you're getting your next paycheque. It means you won’t have an employee paying for your medical aid and dental plans. You won’t be able to rely on a company match for your retirement savings. Are you okay without the certainty of these financial benefits? Are you okay with your chances? The majority of startups fail within the first few years. Yes, that’s harsh. But you need to know that the odds of making it aren’t in your favour. If your first foray into the world of entrepreneurship fails, you need to be able to get up and try again until you find success. Do you have a plan? Your business will not be a success just because you want it to be. You need a plan. You need a strategy. Don't think doors will open for you just because you want them to. You need a solid plan in place which outlines the steps you’ll need to take. If you’ve answered these questions favourably, then perhaps you should consider a future as an entrepreneur. But if you haven’t, maybe a more traditional career is the best option for you. Image: Pexels