Before you get started in business, you have to analyze your own mindset to see if you have what it takes to be an entrepreneur from conception to fully-functional and successful operation.  It’s not enough to say you want to make money or be your own boss.

Everyone wants those things, but not everyone can achieve those goals.  It takes a special person.  You don’t have to be a workaholic or be willing to engage in questionable marketing tactics.  You just need to have a few characteristics that are common to most successful business owners.

Building a business requires deep commitment.  If you’re the type to change jobs with your moods, then stick to a 9-5 gig.  You’re building a business and it takes time, effort, and tweaking to make it work.

Perseverance and a positive attitude can make or break an entrepreneur.  You’re going to have down times. Every business owner does. Something will go wrong, whether it’s a freelancer who doesn’t deliver on time and throws off your launch date or a partnership that falls through. If you panic and shut down, you’ll tarnish your reputation as a true professional.

Successful people don’t fly by the seat of their pants. They believe in being meticulous planners.  They make schedules and plans for their day, week, month, year, and even further down the road. They plan every step of a launch before the product development even begins.  They plan every single detail they can think of.  The more meticulous you are with your plans, the fewer things there are that might go wrong.

To become an authority in your niche, you need to exude confidence.  Even if you’re worried, anxious, or unsure of yourself, what you project must be that you have it all together – you can’t be paralyzed by fear.

Are you willing to be a student for life?  No successful business owner gets to the top and stops learning their industry.  That only means you’ll eventually become outmaneuvered by another marketer who’s stayed on the ball with up-to-the-minute solutions and practices in your niche so that they can become king of the mountain when you let your guard down.

You have to know how to get from point A to point B on your journey to achieving financial independence.  Do you know what you’ll say when your in-laws or spouse question your “career?”  If you maintain your self-confidence, the inquisition won’t drag you down.

If you aren’t sure how to develop a blueprint for your success, don’t know how to set and achieve goals, or have a mindset that’s not in sync with the success you want to achieve, then work on those things before you quit your day job and set off on a new voyage.  You want to be mentally prepared for the ups and downs along the way.