6 Traits You Should Have If You Want To Run Your Own Business

Running a business might sound like a great plan, and it might be, but you want to make sure that you’re cut out for it. Everyone has their own big ideas on what might sell and what might not, but if you’re not a solid leader behind the business, then the idea you have will not get you very far. No business is complete without a competent individual to get things started. 

You’re not going to get what you want unless you know how to ask for it, and that’s exactly how it works when you’re running a business.

Confidence in yourself

Running a business is a huge risk, and if you’re not confident in the plan, you will make a lot more mistakes than necessary. Starting out is when you can’t afford to make too many mistakes, as it will be far too costly. You need to be confident that you’re going to succeed to push forward with the plan and show others that your business is worth being interested in.

If you’re not confident in your own products or services, how can you expect your customers to be confident in purchasing what you’re selling?


No matter the market you’re in, there will be times when you need to be ready to change and adapt to the new normal. Things change all of the time, and if you don’t change with them, you’ll be losing out. As the head of a business, you need to be ready to be flexible and adapt to what you’re doing. It could mean changing your work hours, prices, and products and services. No matter what it is, you should make sure you’re ready to take up the change when necessary.


Businesses, small or big, will need to rely on their communication skills to get them further. Whether it’s through talking to employees, potential partners, clients, or customers – you need to ensure that your communication skills are up to scratch. Struggling to get your point across isn’t going to help you make a sale, or inspire confidence in the person you’re talking to. 

Communication is a skill that every leader needs to have, and it’s something that you should make sure to work on if you ever plan on working with anyone else while running your business.


There are so many aspects of your business where you will be rewarded for being creative. There’s a lot that you’re going to be in charge of, and with that comes a lot of decisions that you need to make. Marketing, decision making, and planning are all things that will benefit from a creative leader, and that’s a skill you can actively work on.

Try to spend more time being creative in your everyday life. Try to find new ways to do things, even if it’s a little less productive. It will help you think outside of the box when you’re faced with a particularly difficult scenario for you to get through.


Motivation is a trait that you’re going to need to get anything done, and a business will take a lot of it. It’s not enough to work on small bursts of motivation, you need to be motivated to see this whole thing through, or it’s not going to work out for you.

It helps to know what you can do, and why you want it. If you need your business to work out, it can help you maintain the motivation to see your business succeed. If you’ve got nothing riding on your business’ success, there’s not much to keep you running it. While running a business might not be how you had imagined it, sticking to it is very important.

If you want to know how the whole process would look, you should read guides to help you start, run, and grow your business. It helps to know what kind of challenge you’re going to have ahead of you, so why not find out before you’ve even got working on the plan?

Passion for your business

If your business is something you can be passionate about, it will inspire confidence in others, but it will help you remain motivated – even in the harder times. Running a business solely for money might not help you stay motivated, but passion is a completely different story.


Sarah Arrow

About the author

Sarah Arrow created the popular 30-day blogging challenge back in 2007. Since then 750,000+ business owners have learned to blog and grow their business through her content, her challenge and her blogging books.

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