Why are you an entrepreneur

Becoming self-employed: am I an entrepreneur?

Challenges for an Entrepreneur

A successful start-up depends primarily on the founder himself. When you start planning your business start-up, ask yourself whether you are actually an entrepreneur. It is not about a clear answer with yes or no, but above all about recognizing the challenges that await you as a founder and entrepreneur.

Do you want to become self-employed? Then, as a founder, you should ask yourself the following questions and answer them honestly.

Entrepreneur type? Know your strengths and weaknesses!

Many founders get stuck when it comes to the following questions:

  • "Am I suitable as an entrepreneur?"
  • "What are my strengths?" And
  • "Where is there still need for action?"

Self-criticism is often the last thing you think about as a founder when you want to become self-employed. Think carefully about your strengths and where there is still room for improvement. Because only a good entrepreneur will run a good company.

  • Do you know your strengths and weaknesses?

Entrepreneur type? Invest time, money and nerves!

In the best case scenario, founders are extraordinary all-rounders. As an entrepreneur, you can advertise a product, convince customers, manage employees and negotiate good terms with suppliers. As a founder, you need to be willing to take the stress out of yourself, invest time, and put in a lot of work to make your business a success.

  • Are you resilient as an entrepreneur? Do you still work concentrated even under stress?

Entrepreneur type? What really matters!

The most important requirement for founders is: motivation. So that this does not decrease again after the initial euphoria as an entrepreneur, qualities such as assertiveness, creativity and emotional stability are important for the entrepreneur. A good founder is able to overcome uncertainties and to tackle ideas with a willingness to take risks. If your self-confidence is on solid ground, all your attention can be devoted to the distribution and marketing of your product. In addition, as an entrepreneur in the market, you often have to react flexibly to new developments when new challenges arise.

  • Are you emotionally stable and can you assert yourself?

Entrepreneur type? To take responsibility!

Those who want to become self-employed are burdened with many new challenges and tasks. As an entrepreneur, you take on a lot of responsibility for your product, sales, your employees and suppliers. As a founder, you should be able to make decisions. Insecurity and volatility are interpreted as negative characteristics in an entrepreneur. In addition, the success of your decisions is often only visible some time later. Starting a business therefore also requires perseverance and patience on the part of the founder.

  • As an entrepreneur, can you take responsibility and make decisions?

Entrepreneur type? What else to consider.

For founders and entrepreneurs, in addition to a lack of commercial knowledge, family problems can also be dangerous risk factors for the success of a company. If you become self-employed, you should ensure that there are clear conditions in your private environment before starting your business. As a founder, prepare for a stressful time. As an entrepreneur, you will have to forfeit weekends and vacation days.

  • As an entrepreneur, are you ready to sacrifice this time?

Whether you are really an entrepreneur ...

So if you want to become self-employed, the following key questions are summarized and you should answer honestly as a founder. How to find out if you are ready for self-employment:

  • As an entrepreneur, do you know your strengths and weaknesses?
  • Are you resilient and do you work concentrated even under stress?
  • Are you emotionally stable and can you assert yourself as an entrepreneur?
  • Can you take responsibility and make decisions?
  • Are you ready to sacrifice your free time and private life as an entrepreneur?

If you, as a prospective founder, find that you are hesitant to answer the majority of the questions or with "no", you should think twice about whether you really want to become self-employed. However, establishing a team can help you to compensate for your own weaknesses and deficits, for example Knowledge, motivation, determination and commitment will move you forward and can turn you into a successful founder and entrepreneur.

... you can find out with the start-up check

So that you finally get an answer to the question of whether you are an entrepreneur or not, we provide you with a free tool. The start-up check helps you to analyze the strengths and weaknesses and provides information about how pronounced your start-up gene is at the moment.

The analysis is at least as important as the result itself. Because: If you really want to set up a business, then you can work on your weaknesses.

Author: Für-Gründer.de editors

As editor-in-chief, René Klein has been responsible for the content of the portal and all publications by Für-Gründer.de for over 10 years. He is a regular interlocutor in other media and writes numerous external specialist articles on start-up topics. Before his time as editor-in-chief and co-founder of Für-Gründer.de, he advised listed companies in the field of financial market communication.