People throw around the term “entrepreneur” like you wake up one day and decide you’re going to be one!  Nothing could be further from the truth.

The problem is many who call themselves entrepreneurs are really are small business owners in disguise.  They could become entrepreneurs if they changed their mindset and mastered the competencies of  entrepreneurship.  But, that means that they must admit that they’re not currently entrepreneurs, and are instead an “entrepreneur in training.”

Entrepreneurs Have a Different Mindset

A true entrepreneur think of a business differently than small business owner.  To an entrepreneur a business is an income generating asset. Therefore, they build it like a self-sustaining entity.

Once you’ve made this shift in your mindset, you’ll some very specific competencies.  Let’s look at what you’ll need to master to call yourself an entrepreneur!

Identify a Need (Problem)

While many will say there are many people that demonstrate this competency, I would agree.  Any good manager has this skill.   But, it is the entrepreneur that knows how to create a cash flow stream from a problem.  It is this innate ability to see opportunity in the marketplace and turn it into revenue that allow entrepreneurs to replicate their success over and over.

Entrepreneurs Create Solutions

Entrepreneurs are natural problem solvers.  Again, a skill many others possess, but entrepreneurs have a distinct ability in problem solving.   They see the opportunity created by a problem and attack it with abandon.  Laser-like focus helps entrepreneurs create something innovative which involuntarily attract attention and a buzz.  And, through this buzz entrepreneurs creates what most inventor struggle in vain to do – make piles of money!

Generate Cash Flow by Selling Their Solution

Generating cash flow is about more than just making money.  You also need to maximize the efficiency by which the order moves through the operational cycle or tuning your revenue engine.  If this isn’t your understanding of cash flow, then I would highly recommend reading the post “Cash Flow: An Entrepreneur’s View.”

Once you’ve mastered the cash flow challenge, then what?  How about increasing the horsepower of your revenue engine!

Entrepreneurs Demonstrate Scalability

You increase the horsepower of a business’ revenue engine by increasing sales.  But, increasing sales means producing more of what you’re selling.  That meaning scaling your entire operation not just getting more sales.

This is where small business owners fall short.  Many have a hard time “letting go of their baby” and delegating, so their business stagnates because of its most scarce resource – THE OWNER!!!

This is a bad situation. It does not allow you to achieve to the next competency entrepreneurs possess.  An even sadder fact is that some small business owners work their business for decades and never can turn it into cash.  A harsh reality when is what they are counting on to fund their retirement!

Gets Investors to Buy-In to Entrepreneur Solutions

The final competency is the entrepreneurs “exit”.  This usually means selling the business for a pile of cash that allows them to retire.  For most entrepreneurs, it’s too late.  They’ve caught “the bug!” so. they never really retire.  They love the thrill of creating a self-sustaining business, so they move on to solve the next problem (opportunity) they can find.

Transitioning from Small Business Owner to Entrepreneur

For those stuck in a small business, don’t fret. If you’re stuck it’s because you have don’t have the right mindset or you haven’t mastered one of the five competencies.

Here’s the good news!  The Business Growth Simplified offers its Business Accelerator Masterclass to help you master these five entrepreneur competencies.  Click on the icon to the right and find out more.

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