Characteristics of Successful Business Owners

Leadership, goals, priorities, dedication. Words such as these come to mind when thinking of the characteristics of successful business owners. In fact, success is not a science, it’s not a formula, and it’s certainly not easy to achieve. Some successful business owners may even contribute their success to luck. But when it comes to success, there seem to be particular characteristics that almost all successful business owners and entrepreneurs hold.

1. Set Challenging Yet Attainable Goals
Dream big, right? Well yes, but not too big. According to an article published on Businessmanagement.com, “It’s better to set attainable goals, don’t aim too high or too low. Setting overly lofty goals, can leave you overwhelmed and frustrated. Overly humble goals can leave you bored and uninspired. The key: finding something that’s just out of reach” Aside from creating attainable and challenging goals, successful business owners are sure to ask themselves, “Does this goal help the present reality?” By asking yourself this question, you can be sure to weed out goals that you don’t benefit from in the near future anyway.

2. Listen to Customers
While it’s difficult to please everyone that you do business with, successful business owners never forget that their customers are the blood of their business, and without them, they wouldn’t exist. Customers provide valuable information about the products and services they receive from you. After all, a customer’s voice and word of mouth is often more powerful than your own. The bottom line is this: Without customers, eventually there would be no company.

3. Never Stop Learning
Think of the most successful companies in the past few years: Apple, Target, and IBM. These companies have remained successful because they never stop learning about the latest trends in their industries. They provide their customers with exactly what they want and need. Staying up to date with the latest trends while remaining educated on the direction of your industry allows you to have a competitive advantage over the rest. Be sure that you subscribe to business journals published for your particular trade. Read the newspaper to find local events you may want to attend or sponsor to get your name out. Successful business owners never stop learning.

4. Diligence
Benjamin Franklin once said, “Diligence is the mother of good luck.” While those who contribute their success to the power of luck may disagree with this, diligence is a characteristic that is required no matter what kind of business you operate. Obviously, characteristics of successful business owners vary, but almost all of them have an idea, goal, or vision that they’ve nurtured from the beginning.

The Key Elements of Building a Successful Business

If you are like most new entrepreneurs, you will most certainly make many mistakes in the process of building a successful business. You are human…and you will falter. Be ready to humble yourself, accept that you will fumble and fall, learn from your failures, pick yourself up, brush the dirt off your back, and continue to look in the only direction that will bring you success…Forward.

“Failure is the tuition you pay for success” ~ Walter Brunell

In the last 4 years I have surrounded myself with many successful small business owners. I have taken notes, asked questions, investigated their tactics, picked their brain, silently watched and have done everything humanly possible to follow in their footsteps. In the process I have discovered the key ingredients of creating a business that can, and will survive in any economy…online or offline.

Putting People First

Putting your needs aside and putting people first is the foundation of any successful business. Building concrete relationships with your customers will create trust. Once your customer trusts you, they will refer you to others, buy your products and continue using your services. Without trust and customer loyalty..businesses don’t have a fighting chance.

In the Internet Marketing arena, thanking people may be as simple as retweeting an article, commenting on a comrades blog, or sharing their post on Facebook.

Zig Ziglar said it best when he said:

“You will get all you want in life, if you help enough other people get what they want.”

Market Yourself, Not Your Business

Spamming and slamming everyone you encounter with a sales pitch about your new product or business is not only unattractive…it’s completely ineffective. People can smell the desperation all over you. Cold calling strangers, neighbors or old friends, and pitching your network marketing business opportunity to them in the first few sentences of a conversation, is not only self serving…it’s downright annoying. You may not realize this…not only are you wasting your time, you are also wasting their valuable time too.

The great leaders of the most successful businesses today didn’t get where they are by jamming the phone lines and filling people’s inboxes with useless and self serving sales pitches.

Remember what we all learned from our parents as a small child?

“You only get one chance to make a first impression” ~ Mom and Dad.

Learn the simple principles of Attraction Marketing. Not only will you see positive results in your business, but you will begin to see a difference in yourself as well.

Do Business With A Conscience

Your reputation as a person will become the fuel and driving force behind your business’s success. Be honest and forthright. If you lose the trust of one associate or customer, it can only take a few minutes, a few phone calls, or a few quick conversations…to lose them all.

One of my community’s most prominent and successful business owners has this sign in all of his stores.

“It can take weeks and months to gain a customer…but only seconds to lose them”

Self Education

Self education is inarguably one of the most effective tools in creating a successful business. Becoming a business owner puts you in the driver’s seat. You no longer have anyone leading the way. It’s up to you to seek out all of the quality information you can get your hands on to implement your business plan. Invest in yourself. It will prove to be the best investment you will ever make.

“Formal education will make you a living, self-education will make you a fortune” ~ Jim Rohn

In A Nutshell

The holy grail of running a successful business doesn’t lie in the product you are Marketing or the service you offer. Implementing these key elements and tweaking them as you go along, is what most successful business owners focus on.

Surround yourself with leaders, listen to leaders…and learn from leaders.

And at the end of the day, after you’ve learned how to implement these basic business building principles, chances are…

You will be able to sell pet rocks to the President…or ice to an Eskimo.

What Successful Business Owners Know, That You Should Know Too

If you are interested in becoming a successful business owner, the first thing you need to do is throw out all of the beliefs and ideas on what makes a person a successful business owner. There is no blueprint that you can follow, or a particular school that you must attend; what you need to focus on are the things that you have control over now, and how they can help you make a difference in achieving your business goals.

The first thing that you need to realize and accept is that there is no predetermined amount of work hours you need to put in each week. The amount of hours that you put in each week, will help you get out of your business what you put in. If you think that you can accomplish everything you need to in a few hours each day, you are mistaken. To achieve your desired result, which is becoming a successful business owner, you need to work your tail off. There is no shortcut or magic business plan that will help you avoid putting in the work.

The next thing you should focus on is finding out what you truly love to do. If you haven’t found that yet, then the business you are working at may not be successful because you do not believe in it 100%. When you find out what it is that truly motivates you and makes you jump out of bed each morning, you will be on your way to doing something that is important to you. Believing in what you are doing each day will make it easier for you to achieve the success that you have been looking for.

A successful business owner is passionate about their work. They are always looking for a way to improve their business or share their work with others. It is this level of passion that drives them to be the best they can be; it is also beneficial in motivating those around them as well. This type of passion can often be contagious and lead to a productive and fulfilling work atmosphere. If you love what you do and are excited about it, don’t be afraid to share that enthusiasm with everyone around you.

Every successful business owner wasn’t born with the knowledge on how to run a business. They knew that there was a lot to learn and they devoted their lives to learning as much as they could. To become a successful business owner, you need to educate yourself on how the world of business works. Become familiar with all of the different aspect related to your business and never allow someone else to know more about your business than you do.

How to Run a Successful Business

Running a successful business is not an easy task. Regardless of the service or product being sold, the learning process is never truly over, especially for an Internet business. From controlling inventory to making sure the site is marketed properly, big businesses and small businesses alike use the same principles. These tips should be useful for anyone wanting to learn how to run a successful business.

Develop a Business Plan

A blueprint for the business is one of the first things any new business owner should create, regardless of the potential size. Financing will be impossible to secure if a business plan is not created. In addition, it will give the business owner a realistic idea if the business can actually be successful over time. It also gives a guideline for the owner of the business and allows them to stay focused on the end game.

Of course, in many cases, the business evolution will look quite different from the original plan. As the days pass, some aspects of the business may not work or may simply not be received well by the consumer. However, there may be other aspects of the business that are thriving more than anticipated. Hence, these areas may be worthy of committing more resources to expand upon the success.

Controlling the Controllable

Business owners need to know what they can control in their business setting. This is one aspect that has bankrupted many new business owners over the years. Putting controls in place to limit utility usage, labor, and other varying monthly costs is important from day one. If these issues are not addressed from the very start, owners will find themselves in the middle of a nightmare that never ends.

The reason controllables are so important is that these are the areas where a business owner actually has a say in the costs of the business. Something like inventory costs is unavoidable. Items cost what they cost, and that is just the way it is. However, they can control labor, they can control excessive utility usage, and this is the difference in a successful business and one that fails after only a few years.

New business owners have a lot on their plate when they are trying to learn how to run a successful business. The early years of any business are the most critical and while it is important to stick to the original plan, it is also important to recognize aspects that are simply not working out and that need to be put to bed. Evolve with the business and control the costs that are within your power to control, and the business will have a much better chance of success.