Virtual Careers / Self-Employment ? Self-Assess Or Self-Destruct
Posted by Nick Niesen on October 28th, 2010
Unfortunately, high hopes and large amounts of time, energy and commitment -- valuable though they may be -- do not ensure the success of an entrepreneurial venture. In fact, research indicates that about 60 percent of all businesses fail within the first two years. Much depends on the individual's "entrepreneurial profile," and one of the best ways to discover this is by doing a self-assessment.
Over the years, working with some 4,000 Virtual Assistants and Virtual Professionals in 65+ countries and being entrepreneurs ourselves, we've developed a good practical sense of the traits that successful entrepreneurs share. We used this background in designing the application process for our Portable Career & Virtual Assistant Training Program for Military Spouses?, and it has helped substantially in identifying candidates with the greatest likelihood of success both in training and afterward, as they launch and grow their virtual businesses.
The following Entrepreneurial Self-Assessment is adapted from the online application form for our Virtual Assistant training program. This series of 13 questions is one of the tools we use to see if an applicant has characteristics commonly found in successful business owners.
Without peeking at the score key, write down the choice that most closely describes you.
01. Are you a self-starter?
02. Why do you want to start your own business?
03. How do you feel about other people?
04. How do you manage projects?
05. Can you lead others?
06. Will you have family support?
07. Can you take responsibility?
08. How are your organizational skills?
09. Can you "stick with it"?
10. What expectations do you have for your work schedule?
11. Can you make decisions effectively?
12. Can people trust what you say?
13. When I am in an unfamiliar place with new people, I usually
Scoring your responses:
01. A (3), B (8), C (5)
What your score means:
42 or less
43 to 54
55 to 65
66 or higher
Of course, successful people come in many shapes and forms, and there is no "one size fits all" assessment tool for entrepreneurship. Although this self-evaluation should help you better understand the mindset and character traits of successful entrepreneurs, and how you "stack up" relative to that group, in the end it will be your own unique personality and circumstances that will determine your own unique future.
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