These days it seems like every second person wants to be an entrepreneur.
People have been fascinated by these inspirational folk throughout
history. Back in the day it was Thomas Edison, Coco Chanel and Henry
Ford leading the charge. In more contemporary times it's been the
likes of Bill Gates, Oprah Winfrey and Richard Branson providing the
high profile inspiration.
True innovation requires some personal qualities that are often
talked about but rarely seen. Characteristics like original thinking,
boldness, creativity, fearlessness and a willingness to take some
calculated risks. A lot of people who don't have these qualities like
to think they have them in spades.
Of course, you don't have to be launching a new global brand to be an
entrepreneur. Turning an original idea into a thriving new business,
no matter how modest, is still a brave move.
There's also the added attraction of being your own boss. It's an
idea with almost universal appeal. No long commutes, no office
politics, no corporate hierarchy to navigate. And while we've all
heard of other people's failed attempts to establish their own small
business, there's no reason embarking on this kind of venture
shouldn't be successful with the right planning, groundwork and vision.
To help turn your vision into reality, you might want to consider
TAFE NSW's Certificate
IV in Small Business Management or Certificate
IV in New Small Business. Both of these qualifications will give
you a solid understanding of things like identifying the feasibility
of a small business idea, researching and developing a business plan,
the legal and regulatory requirements for small businesses, effective
marketing and advertising strategies, financial and operations
planning and record keeping. All of these skills will help your new
business to flourish.
[quote]Innovation on its own will never be enough to change the
world. To become a true entrepreneur, you need a visionary idea,
coupled with drive, ambition and the practical skills and knowledge to
TAFE NSW can help you become that person.