May 27, 2007 0 comments
One way of establishing your opportunities for starting a business is to carry out a personal attribute analysis to identify how your characteristics could fit within a range of business types.
Check yourself against the following questions. Score the answer that says what you feel or comes closest to it. Be honest with yourself.
Are you a self-starter?
- I do things on my own. Nobody has to tell me to get going.
- If someone gets me started, I keep going all right.
- Easy does it, I don't put myself out until I have to.
How do you feel about other people?
- I like people. I can get along with just about anybody.
- I have plenty of friends - I don't need anyone else.
- Most people bug me.
- I can get most people to go along when I start something.
- I can give orders if someone tells me what we should do.
- I let someone else get things moving. Then I go along if I feel like it.
Can you take responsibility?
- I like to take charge of things and see them through.
- I take over if I have to, but I'd rather let someone else be responsible.
- There's always some eager beaver around wanting to show how smart they are.I say let them.
How good an organizer are you?
- I like to have a plan before I start. I'm usually the one to get things lined up when the gang wants to do something.
- I do all right unless things get too mixed up. Then I cop out.
- You get all set and then something comes along and blows everything.So I just take things as they come.
How good a worker are you?
- I can keep going as long as I need to. I don't mind working hard for something that I want
- I'll work hard for a while, but when I've had enough, that's it!
- I can't see that hard work gets you anywhere
Can you make decisions?
- I can make up my mind in a hurry if I have to. It usually turns out OK, too
- I can if I have plenty of time. If I have to make up my mind fast, I think later I should have decided the other way.
- I don't like to be the one who has to decide things. I'd probably blow it.
Can people trust what you say?
- You bet they can. I don't say things I don't mean.
- I try to be on the level most of the time, but sometimes I just say what's easiest.
- What's the sweat if the other person doesn't know the difference?
Can you stick with it?
- If I make up my mind to do something, I don't let anything stop me.
- I usually finish what I start - if it doesn't get messed up.
- If it doesn't go right away, I turn off.
(the questionnaire adapted from Gillian Clegg and Colin Barrow, 1984, How to Start and Run your own Business, Macmillan Press, London)
Posted by Lisa
Categories: Business Entrepreneurship