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Strengths and Weaknesses

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Strengths and Weaknesses

Compensating for Weaknesses


At this point, you should have looked at your own strengths and weaknesses and judged for yourself whether you're ready to start a small business. You should also have compared those strengths and weaknesses with the traits you'll need to have if you're to be successful. The next step is to figure out what to do if you don't yet possess all of those traits.

If you discover that you don't have all of the traits you need to succeed, don't despair. You have options, including:

hiring someone who can handle those tasks you may not be good at

partnering with someone who has the traits or skills you lack

developing those traits or skills yourself

Refer back to the list of items you don't like to do (if you haven't made out your list yet, see assessing your strengths). Ask yourself if you can pay someone else to perform them. For example, if you don't like to sell, you can hire a salesman or if you don't like to do accounting work, you can hire an accountant. Down the road, as you get further along in setting up your new business, you may determine that the convenience of paying someone else to do the work is outweighed by the costs. But for now, all you have to do is identify whether someone else could do the work for you.

Now look again at the list of items you don't like to do. If your list includes items that you can't hire someone else to do, such as working with others, the solution is not so easy. Your best bet may be to partner up with someone whose skill set complements yours. For example, a person who likes working with people but not with numbers and forms may be a good match for someone who likes working with numbers but not with people.

Finding a good partner can be difficult. Most people partner up with those they know best, such as friends and family. But be aware that partnering with those you know

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