Who is this guide for? The simple answer is that this guide is for you. You that is, if you are the owner – full or part – of a professional services business or aspire to become so. Indeed, this guide is for if you are just keen to explore the idea of setting up your own such firm.
Maybe you are reading this, pre launching out, wondering whether you have what it personally takes to be a successful entrepreneur? If so, you are right to dwell on this topic. No other feature is going to be more fundamental in determining the success, or otherwise, of your business than your attitude and ‘basket’ of personal values, capabilities, prior experiences and motivations. This guide describes the ten elements of the ‘Complete Entrepreneur’ as well as exploring the related questions of start-up timing and your attitude towards people, work and risk.
Professional service businesses have unique challenges of their own; this guide ensures you have thought through these aspects also prior to setting out. It will also agitate your consideration of matters that will determine whether this is a journey you will enjoy … for example, how will the ‘Important Others’ in your life be impacted, how do you best sustain yourself through the trials and tribulations of company growth? Ultimately, however, if you have the beginnings of an entrepreneurial idea, this guide will leave you motivated for the journey ahead. Through a combination of case study and pragmatic checklists, it does throw in a dose of realism to ensure you are well considered in your plans; thereafter, however, this book is all about fostering the spark. The world needs more people like you!
This questionnaire facilitates a (light-hearted) review of your attributes, motivational drivers and skillsets … as required to enjoy, and be successful at, running your own professional services company. The answers are not designed to lead you to any absolute conclusion; rather, to aid you in your own self-assessment. The most interesting discussion points will come from comparing your self-assessment with those close, trusted friends and acquaintances undertake on you.Download Resource
If you are at the stage of just starting-up your new firm, or giving this career move serious consideration, you will no doubt have a myriad of questions and anxieties. Perhaps, the best way to answer some of these is to join the discussion thread on this Guide and throw your question out there … Dom, and others in the professional community here, may be able to give you some useful steers and perspectives. You will quickly find that entrepreneurs have high respect for others who take this path and will be very willing to share their experiences with you.
If you are further down the path and seek more formal advice (e.g. non-executive support) from Dom, please see the ‘Related Services’ page for more details.View Related Services Contact
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