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Ever wondered whether you have what it takes to become a successful entrepreneur? Many people have grand ideas about what being a successful entrepreneur is like, but the reality often takes them by surprise. Things are a lot less glamorous (and at times, much more difficult).

Success in business can come down to a lot of different elements, but how you act as an entrepreneur is key. In the spirit of business (and because we’ve all seen The Apprentice) here are some traits and mindsets that separate successful entrepreneurs from those who try and fail.

They accept failure is part of the process

In business, you will have failures. It’s only natural and it doesn’t matter how prepared you are. Something will go wrong at some point.

What separates successful entrepreneurs is how they deal with failure. They take it as an unfortunate lesson and vow to do better next time. Getting things wrong is often the best way to learn how to do them right.

They aren’t afraid to get stuck in

If you thought you’d just hire a bunch of people and then take off on your yacht, then you are gravely mistaken. That’s not what being an entrepreneur is about at all.

In the early days, the most successful entrepreneurs have to get stuck in. You’ll need to familiarise yourself with lots of different parts of the business, including financial management, marketing, PR, people management, product/service design and more.

However, while successful entrepreneurs know when to get stuck in…

…They know when to step back too

Don’t annoy your employees with micromanagement. It’s bad for morale and also bad for your business. Getting involved in everything is great in the beginning, but there comes a time when you need to accept that there are people who can do things better than you can.

Put your ego aside and hire people who are smarter and more efficient at doing the things that you are not. Your business as a whole will be much more productive and provide a better service if you leave the experts to do their thing. Trust your employees and reallocate your attention where it’s needed.

They focus on the customer

With business, there are plenty of things to focus on. One key area of importance for any entrepreneur is the profit (of course). However, just focusing on profit is not going to do you any favours. In fact, it can damage your profits.

Focus instead on your customers and the services you provide them. Make sure they are getting exactly what they need, not just what will make you the most money. This is the best way to build a sustainable business that encourages repeat business, good reviews and recommendations. A good reputation in the market can be worth so much more than any marketing campaign.

Your customers are key to your business, don’t lose sight of what you’re doing for them by focusing just on yourself and your business.

Do you have what it takes to become a successful entrepreneur?

The key to business success is focusing on other people, not just on profits or relying on yourself alone to take your business to the next level.

Hire well, delegate well and keep customer needs as your number one priority. Doing this will start to lead you to great success. It all begins with your mindset and approach, but with the right moves, you can build something far bigger than yourself.

What other traits of entrepreneurs do you think are key to success? What’s a common mistake that entrepreneurs make? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.

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Elizabeth Hughes

A content writer specialising in business, finance, software, and beyond. I'm a wordsmith with a penchant for puns and making complex subjects accessible. Learn more about Elizabeth.

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