WHO IS AN ENTREPRENEUR?

An Entrepreneur is someone who:

  • wishes to take a risk in business.
  • brings resources together in order to make a profit.
  • recognises an opportunity and is willing to use time, managerial and other skills and money to add to that opportunity and at the same time handle the uncertainties/risks of running a business.


WHAT IS AN ENTERPRISE?

An enterprise is a business. It is an activity whereby individuals organize capital, land and labour in order to create a good or provide a service and generate profits.


WHAT IS ENTREPRENEURSHIP?

  • It is the entire process a person under goes to set up a business. Entrepreneurship also includes the successful running of the business.
  • There are two major aspects to Entrepreneurship. They are the entrepreneur and the enterprise. Thus we cansay:

Entrepreneur + Enterprise= Entrepreneurship

WHAT ARE THE FUNCTIONS OF AN ENTREPRENEUR?

There are three (3) main entrepreneurial functions. These include:

1. The Realisation of opportunity
2. The Consolidation of resources. That is bringing together all the necessary resources of finance, land, equipment and managerial skills.
3. The implementation and creation of venture. That is starting the business after the resources are brought together.

DOES ENTREPRENEURSHIP INVOLVE RISKS?

Yes. Risk-taking is an important part of entrepreneurship. Successful entrepreneurs are those who take calculated risks.

DO ALL ENTREPRENEURS HAVE THE SAME RISK-TAKING ORIENTATION?

No. The risk-taking orientation of an entrepreneur would depend on his or her background, personality, socialisation and experiences.

WHAT ARE SOME OF THE COMMON CHARACTERISTICS OF SUCCESSFUL ENTREPRENEURS?

1. Self-confident all-around performers
2. Resilient
3. Innovative
4. Results-oriented
5. Professional risk-takers
6. Totally committed
7. Ability to get along with people
8. Possess high Business acumen
9. Patient
10. Self-motivated
11. Information-seeking
12. Persuasive
13. Demand for quality

WHAT ARE THE MAIN BUSINESS PROCESSES AN ENTREPRENEUR ENGAGES IN?


There are four (4) main business processes that entrepreneurs engage in. These are:

1. Organising of inputs
2. Production of goods or services
3. Selling goods or services
4. Recovery of costs

HOW WILL I KNOW IF I HAVE WHAT IT TAKES TO BE AN ENTREPRENEUR?

  • You can take a quiz to determine if you have the entrepreneurial qualities and skills.
  • You can do a personal SWOT analysis to help you determine your Strengths and Weaknesses or challenges, the Opportunities that would help to make you a successful entrepreneur and the threats that would hinder your chances of success. Please note that the result of these will not guarantee your success or failure as an entrepreneur.

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