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Bonus!  Are you an entrepreneur?  Find out with this useful checklist!

ENTREPRENEUR’S CHECKLIST AND ACTION AGENDA

More people than ever before are coming out of corporate and private business in America to begin their own businesses. These entrepreneurs are paving the way for a whole new era of American business.  We call them the New Entrepreneurs, and they must have an array of skill sets in order to succeed.

If you have an entrepreneurial spirit, then we encourage you to become a self-employed business owner.  You will never be happier than you are when you run your own show!  Research shows that the more control one has over ones life, the happier one is.  Being an entrepreneur gives you the ultimate control – and, of course, the responsibility!

Make a list now of all the advantages you can think of for being an entrepreneur.  Then, make a second list of all the disadvantages you can think of.  Compare your lists and see what you think.  Is entrepreneurialism for you?

To help you assess your entrepreneurial potential,here is a checklist of what is important for new entrepreneurs to have as skill sets. 

This checklist is not meant to be daunting, but to help you decide what skills you already have, and what skills you will want to strengthen.  Do not be discouraged in any way if you don’t currently have all these skills.  You can always develop the skills you need to succeed.

Choose yes or no, and there is a space for you to put in a priority numeral that will show you what skills you wish to strengthen and in what order, beginning with 1.  You will do that after you respond to the checklist, and it will be your blueprint for becoming a successful entrepreneur.

Have fun, and do recognize this inventory is by no means definitive. 

You may have strong skill sets that aren’t listed here.  Feel fee to add them in at the end of each section where it says “OTHER”.

Here are eight categories of skill sets for your consideration:

LIFESTYLE

•    Do you enjoy your own company and/or working alone?

                                   Yes___No___Priority_____

•    Can you arrange for uninterrupted work time?

                                  Yes___No___Priority _____

•     Can you balance work and play?

                                   Yes___No___ Priority____

OTHER__________________________

PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT

•      Do you believe you can run your own business?

                             Yes___No___Priority_____

•      Do you have self confidence/self esteem?

                               Yes___No___Priority_____

•     Do you believe that you can do what you do betterthan    your competition?

                                Yes___No___Priority_____

•      Are you mainly a positive thinker?

                                 Yes___No___Priority_____

       OTHER__________________________

BUSINESS STRUCTURES AND SYSTEMS

•    Do you have a written mission, goals, and objective statement?

                                   Yes___No___Priority_____

•     Do you know what form you business will take?

      (Example:  S Corp, LLC, sole proprietor)

                                     Yes___No___Priority_____

•       Do you have a good tax accountant who understands

       and supports small business?

                                 Yes___No___Priority_____

•        Do you know how to do business expense/income

        distributions?

                                    Yes___No___Priority_____

•        Do you have basic computer skills?

                                    Yes___No___Priority___

 Do you have the credentials for your business?

•        Have you created a name for your business?

                                     Yes___No___Priority_____

OTHER_____________________________________

SALES AND MARKETING

•         Do you have strong networking skills?

                                Yes___No___Priority_____

•          Have you identified your “warm market”?

                                Yes___No___Priority_____

•          Can you script a sales presentation?

                                 Yes___No___Priority_____

•          Do you know who your competitors are?

                                  Yes___No___Priority_____

•          Do you have a sales and marketing plan?

                                   Yes___No___Priority_____

•           Have you set aside money for an advertising    

           budget?

                                  Yes___No___Priority_____

     Do you know where to get free business cards?

                                      Yes___No___Priority_____

•            Do you know you can have a website TONIGHT?                            

                                     Yes___No___Priority_____

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OTHER_____________________________________

SUPPORT SYSTEMS

•         Does your family support your entrepreneurialism?

                                       Yes___No___Priority_____

•          Do you have support from other business  

          professionals?

                                        Yes___No___Priority_____

•          Is there a professional organization for your area of

          expertise?

                                        Yes___No___Priority_____

                                     OTHER_________________________

PHYSICAL/MENTAL/SPIRITUAL

•          Do you have ways to manage your stress?

                                   Yes___No___Priority_____

•          Do you have access to qualified health

          professionals?

                                    Yes___No___Priority_____

•          Do you have a strong spiritual or religious

          belief system?

                                    Yes___No___Priority_____

•           Do you believe yourself to be well adjusted and

           comfortable with your lifestyle and identity?

                                     Yes___No___Priority_____

OTHER________________________

COMMUNICATION

•         Do you articulate your ideas effectively?

                                    Yes___No___Prioroty_____

•          Do you have some knowledge about the

          Importance of nonverbal communication?

                                     Yes___No___Priority_____ 

•          Can you create and deliver a 5-minute speech?

                                     Yes___No___Priority_____

OTHER_________________________

MONEY

•         Do you have a financial plan and a

          financial advisor?

                                      Yes___No___Priority_____

•          Can you manage a budget?

                                        Yes___No___Priority_____

•          Can you get used to an uneven cash flow?

                                        Yes___No___Priority_____

•           Do you pay your bills early or on time?

                                        Yes___No___Priority_____

•           Are you able to save 10 percent of your money?

                                         Yes___No___Priority_____

•           Are you confident about your ability make money?

                                         Yes___No___Priority_____

•            Do you have a history of being able to turn

            an idea into cash?

                                         Yes___No___Priority_____

OTHER_________________________

Now, choose five NO answers that you would most like to strengthen in yourself, and place a 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5 in the “Priority” space next to it.  This will give you an action agenda to pursue to strengthen your entrepreneurial skills!  Strengthen number 1, then go to number 2.  You will want to schedule time with your support people to agree on ways to strengthen each area.

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