Some people think it is easy to become an entrepreneur, and in some ways it is easy. With the right attitude and the right products, anyone can start selling online and make money. But, that doesn’t make these people successful. Sure, they are brave to give it a go, and bravery is commendable.

What bravery is not is a sure-fire way to be successful. Of course, no sure-fire ways to success exist, but some traits make it more likely. These are the traits the most successful business persons have in abundance. And don’t get it twisted; these aren’t a coincidence.

They know how to plan

The public loves to hear stories of how a businessman thinks of an idea and it comes to fruition. Well, these stories rarely exist, and if they do, they are probably false. Sorry to burst the bubble, but everyone has to work hard to be successful, and that means taking the time to plan.

A plan is like a map because it guides entrepreneurs through the choppy waters and leads them to the pot of gold. But, for a plan to work, it must cover all the bases. That means understanding how to outsource to a national leader in specialized, secure transportation as well as how to balance the books. Businesses don’t have to do it alone, but they should know who to turn to in their time of need. After all, just look at the map.

They love their work

Money isn’t the only reason people are successful. Sure, it is a good way to keep motivation levels high, yet it often isn’t enough. A stack of green bills only goes so far, and that’s especially true when an entrepreneur has to work eighty-hour weeks. Working long hours is hard if there is nothing that makes it worthwhile.

But, if there is a sense of enjoyment, it’s possible to work one hundred hours without being tired. Bill Gates didn’t become a master of computer code because he was good at it. He was a good at it because he spent hours learning the technique.

They manage money really well

The word that’s missing from the subtitle is ‘wisely.’ Every entrepreneur has to spend money to make a return on their investment. After all, there are bills to pay and employees to recompense for all their hard work.

The problem comes when the money stops flowing. When the cash starts to dry up, the business or the scheme goes out the window. Any good businessperson must understand they have to manage the money to keep it flowing. That means accounting for every penny and paying strategically to ensure the flow of cash is ever present.

They know how to sell

Not everyone gets to follow a moral code to success. The truth is that a lot of successful people do things they don’t like to get to the top. Being a shameless self-promoter is very high on the list because it goes against most people’s sense of decorum.

Standing in front of a client and saying things like ‘I’m the best’ and ‘there’s no one else like me’ isn’t easy, but it is necessary. There is a lot of competition, and an entrepreneur must be able to stand out from the crowd by advertising their skills. Once the advert works, it’s time to deliver, which is the final trait.

Founding Editor @Alltopstartups, Contributor @Entrepreneur, Columnist @Inc. Magazine and Curator at Postanly (his free weekly digest of the best life and career improvement posts on the web. Subscribe for free.

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