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Part I: The Nature of Entrepreneurship a... > Checklist for Going into Business

Chapter 4. Checklist for Going into Business

Are you a self-starter?

___ I do things on my own. Nobody has to tell me to get going.

___ If someone gets me started I keep going all right.

___ Easy does it. I don’t put myself out until I have to.

How do you feel about other people?

___ I like people. I can get along with just about anybody.

___ I have plenty of friends—I don’t need anyone else.

___ Most people irritate me.

Can you lead others?

___ I can get most people to go along when I start doing something.

___ I can give orders if someone tells me what we should do.

___ I let someone else get things moving. Then I go along if I feel like it.

Can you take responsibility?

___ I like to take charge of things and see them through.

___ I’ll take over if I have to, but I’d rather let someone else be responsible.

___ There is always some eager beaver around wanting to show how smart he is. I say let him.

How good an organizer are you?

___ I like to have a plan before I start. I’m usually the one to get things lined up when the group wants to do something.

___ I do all right unless things get too confused. Then I quit.

___ You get all set and then something comes along and presents too many problems. So I just take things as they come.

How good a worker are you?

___ I can keep going as long as I need to. I don’t mind working hard for something I want.

___ I’ll work hard for a while, but when I’ve had enough, that’s it.

___ I can’t see that hard work gets you anywhere.

Can you make decisions?

___ I can make up my mind in a hurry if I have to. It usually turns out O.K., too.

___ I can if I have plenty of time. If I have to make up my mind fast, I think later I should have decided the other way.

___ I don’t like to be the one who has to decide things.

Can people trust what you say?

___ You bet they can. I don’t say things I don’t mean.

___ I try to be on the level most of the time, but sometimes I just say what’s easiest.

___ Why bother if the other fellow doesn’t know the difference.

Can you stick with it?

___ If I make up my mind to do something, I don’t let anything stop me.

___ I usually finish what I start—if it goes well.

___ If it doesn’t go right away, I quit. Why beat your brains out?

How good is your health?

___ I never run down!

___ I have enough energy for most things I want to do.

___ I seem to run out of energy sooner than most of my friends seem to.

Source: Checklist for Going Into Business, Management Aid #2.016, U.S. Small Business Administration, 1985.



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