4 Characteristics of a Successful Business Owner

Posted by: Brookside Admin

Every small business is unique, but there are some remarkable similarities shared between those who are successful business owners. These specific qualities make starting a business and keeping it running much easier. Here are a few of these essential assets. If you find yourself lacking in any areas, call us at Brown Kinion and Company for addiitonal help. 

  • Risk-taker 

While it might seem like a detriment to be overly willing to put your company in risky situations, the initial decision to start your own business is in and of itself a risk. And, while a successful business owner is definitely a risk taker, it's calculated risk they're willing to take on. From the decision to start a business, to the decision to expand, launch a new line of service or invest in new facilities, the savvy business owner crunches the numbers and probabilties before jumping in with both feet. However, when the opportunity is there, they have to be willing to take on some risk for a potential reward. 

  • Positive

It can be hard to remain positive at all times when your business is struggling, but those that are able to succeed as business owners have a positive outlook. There are a number of benefits related to this positivity. Primarily, it rubs off on your employees and makes your office a happier, more enjoyable place to work. This leads to more productivity and success. Related to your positive nature is your ability to accept responsibility for the success of your business. By accepting responsibility, you put yourself in a position to make necessary changes, then dole out credit where its due when goals are achieved. 

  • Competition aware

You probably didn't, and shouldn't, start your business to be an exact copy of a competitor already established in your industry. But, that doesn't mean you should ignore everything they're doing to succeed. Examining your competition helps you create a more complete business plan and can help you find opportunities in the market. By tracking their activity, you may be able to avoid their mistakes, or capitalize on their successes. 

  • Goal-oriented

Success has come up a lot throughout this article because, ultimately, that's what every business owner wants to achieve. Success is a broad and ambiguous term, however. And, it means something different to each business owner. Rather than attempting to reach a fuzzy ideal, set clear benchmarks and goals by carefully analyzing your business and crunching the numbers. Your progress towards these goals can be used to more accurately plan for the next month, quarter or year. Having these goals in place also helps you to plan your daily agenda. Knowing exactly what you've deemed important helps you eliminate or minimize tasks that don't contribute to your success. 

At Brown Kinion and Company, our experienced professionals have worked with a variety of businesses to help them in a variety of ways. From business planning, to valuations, to accounting and financial services, we offer services to small business owners that create healthier, more profitable businesses. Contact us today to learn how we can help you.