If you’re of sick of doing all of the work and reaping none of the reward, it may be time go into business for yourself. We’ve all thought about it, right? About how great it would be to set our own hours, implement our own ideas, and shake off that looming managerial shadow. The boss-life isn’t for everyone, however. Are you cut out for it?

 

Are You a Leader or a Collaborator?

 

There’s nothing wrong with being a team player, but if you prefer to collaborate with others rather than run away with your own ideas, you might not thrive well when all of the responsibility is suddenly on you–and it is a lot of responsibility. If you go into business for yourself, you’ll have to make investment, marketing, production, and employment decisions on your own. And if you take a wrong step, it will be your finances at stake.

 

Are You an Introvert or an Extrovert?

 

If you’re a true introvert at heart, life in the spotlight is just never going to do it for you. It might even make you miserable in the long run. If you’re an extrovert, however, business ownership could be the breath of fresh air you’ve been looking for. If the idea of running business meetings, leading conference calls, and making executive decisions thrills you, you’re probably an extrovert. If you’d really rather read a book in a nice, quiet room, then you’re probably an introvert. If you know that you’re an introvert, but you’re sick of working a 9-5 and being bossed around, you might want to consider starting a virtual business instead of a traditional brick-and-mortar business. Virtual businesses operate through web and phone communications, and offer the ideal business outlet for the solitary entrepreneur.

 

Are You a Self-Starter?

 

If you’re up before your alarm clock, out the door before the morning rush, and always ready to take on a new task, then you’re the kind of semi-human superhero that was born for entrepreneurship. If you’d rather stay in bed and watch reruns of your favorite TV show all day, then you’ll need to master the art of self-motivation before starting out on your own. Most of us aren’t born with flawless self-motivation, but, like any discipline, self-discipline can be taught and mastered. Once you start successfully making and meeting your own personal daily goals, you can begin putting your business goals into action.

 

Are You Comfortable Promoting Yourself?

 

Out of fear of sounding conceited, many of us struggle with self-promotion, but overcoming that struggle is absolutely essential for business ownership. If you want to succeed, you’re going to need to be able to sell not just your product, but yourself. You’ll have to be able to convince investors that you are an expert in your field, and fully equipped to handle any challenges that come your way. If you can’t project confidence in yourself, your self-doubt will inevitably spill over onto your brand, and your business will suffer as a result.

 

How Do Customers Rate their Experiences with You?

 

If your business has a customer service feedback system, start keeping track of how customers rate their experiences with you. No matter what business you’re in, customer satisfaction is everything. If your customers don’t feel appreciated, they’ll quickly take their business elsewhere, sending your business on a downward spiral before it even gets off the ground. To improve your customer service skills, start addressing customer problems as if they were your own, and bring your personality into your consumer interactions.