Do you wonder if you have the right qualities to make it on your own in business? Take this quiz to find out. Under each question, check the answer that comes closest to saying what you feel, then find your score using the key provided.
1. Are you a self-starter?
____ Yes. I like to do things on my own and have a lot of initiative.
____ To a point. I’ll contribute what I am expected to.
____ No. I don’t put myself out unless it’s absolutely necessary.
2. Do you enjoy working with other people?
____ Yes. I like people and can get along with anybody.
____ Sometimes. If people don’t bother me too much, I can get along with them.
____ No. Most people are difficult to work with and irritating.
3. Do you welcome responsibility?
____ Yes. I like to take charge of things and see them through from beginning to end.
____ Not really. But I can handle it if I have to.
____ No. I’d rather let someone else be in charge.
4. Are you a good organizer?
____ Yes. I always have a plan before I start a project, and usually get things lined up when others want to do something.
____ It depends. I do all right up until a point, but when things get too overwhelming, I tend to back off.
____ No. I like to take things as they come. I try not to plan too much in advance.
5. Are you a hard worker?
____ Yes. I do whatever it takes to get the job done. I don’t mind working hard for something I want.
____ Usually. I’ll work hard for a while, but when I’ve had enough, that’s it.
____ No. I prefer to work only when I have to.
6. Are you comfortable making decisions?
____ Yes. I can make up my mind in a hurry if I have to, and usually things turn out well.
____ I’m not sure. If I have plenty of time, I usually can, but if I have to make up my mind fast, later I always wonder if
I made the right choice.
____ No. I don’t like being the one to decide things. I’m afraid of making the wrong choices.
7. Do you finish what you start?
____ Yes. If I’m determined to do something, nothing can stop me.
____ Usually. I can finish what I start as long as it is going well and is interesting.
____ No. I have great ideas, but frequently I have trouble carrying them out.
8. Are you eager and energetic?
____ Yes. I’m a tireless worker who looks forward to new challenges and tasks.
____ For the most part. I have a reasonable amount of energy.
____ No. I run out of steam sooner than most of my friends do.
9. Do you like to sell?
____ Yes. When I sell something I believe in, I feel as though I have done the customer a service. I find it extremely
satisfying and consider myself very persuasive.
____ Sometimes. Selling is a tough job, but I’m willing to learn the skills if I must.
____ No. I don’t like asking someone to buy something from me. I believe a good product or service should sell itself.
Scoring: How many check marks are beside the first answer?
____ How many check marks are beside the second answer?
____ How many check marks are beside the third answer?
If you have more than five checks beside the first answer, you probably have what it takes to run a business. If you have more than five checks beside the third answer, you may have difficulty making it on your own. If your score falls somewhere in the middle, you may need some help to make your business successful.