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Top Skills Every Entrepreneur Must Possess this 2019

As an entrepreneur, the journey to success is laced with uncountable obstacles. In fact, many business owners don’t make it past the first business year. Those that do encounter more challenges and some fall by the wayside due to the loneliness and psychological toll business takes one’s life.

This leaves the sturdy, ever-evolving and skillful entrepreneurs in the game. even for those still in the game face continuous challenges which they must overcome in order to remain relevant. This is why every entrepreneur must invest in themselves. Here some of the areas you can start working on.

Communication

Communication is key in every business. As an entrepreneur, you must provide clarity and purpose in your communication toward company employees. This will help them understand the direction you want the business to take.

In addition, to convince potential buyers, it’s important to market your products and this calls for effective communication. In fact, according to psychologists, every entrepreneur must strive to master communication.

Personal Branding

What does your portfolio have to say about you? In a fast-moving world where people are turning to the gig economy, it’s important to have a solid brand to speak for you. According to studies, people no longer care about how long they’ll stay in a particular position.

Instead, they want a professional reputation, an online presence, and an influential circle. With technological advancements, an entrepreneur’s online reputation and personal brand are the most important.

Strategy Formulator

These days, with so much creativity floating around, it’s important to formulate solid strategies to propel your business into the next frontier. Furthermore, this will help you edge your competitors.

As an entrepreneur, it’s critical to possess strategic thinking if you fancy a chance of surviving downtimes in the business world. To do this, start by breaking down major goals into smaller ones to make them easy to achieve.

Financial Management

This goes without question for every entrepreneur. Without financial management skills, your business will take a nosedive and soon it’ll close its doors due to bankruptcy. Therefore, to avoid going back to your 8 to 5 job, experts recommend entrepreneurs to take a financial management class.

If you already have these skills, you can consider adding to your experience by enrolling for an mba in accounting online. However, note that while you may have these skills, it’s important to maintain high levels of discipline to enable you to re-invest the profits in order to grow the business.

Empathy

Your customers form the foundation of your business. Without them, you don’t exist. It’s for this reason that you must connect with them on every level and this is why every entrepreneur must have empathy.

As a startup, you need your customers at every step of the way to avoid failure. This is according to research. Immerse yourself in the customer’s pain points, share in their struggles and difficulties. This way, you build a solid relationship with them since they know you’re hell-bent on solving their problems and not just after their hard-earned money.

The skills listed in this article form a larger list of skills entrepreneurs must acquire in order to form a formidable business. This means you must invest in yourself in order to realize your dreams as well as those you’ve set for your business.


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Anna Papadopoulos
Editor, writer, teacher, consultant. Advocate for plain language, journalism, free speech, and tolerance. Feminist. Based in Sydney, Australia.
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