Being an entrepreneur
Being an entrepreneur requires dedication, passion and commitment. You must be incredibly self-motivated to start a business, and expect knock backs.
Develop your skills
Some of the skills that you would be expected to use in your business are:
- communication skills – in order to liaise, negotiate, delegate and potentially manage many people so interpersonal skills are key.
- maths based skills – in order to manage your finances and cash flow.
- time management skills – in order to meet various and potentially conflicting deadlines.
- problem solving - a new business is bound to encounter some problems along the way, and it will be up to you to manage these problems when they arise.
Refer to the ‘develop skills’ section of the website to see how you can develop these specific skills.
Join a society
It may also be helpful to join some of the societies here at the University which are more enterprise focussed:
- The Herts Entrepreneur society will provide you with support and guidance in developing entrepreneurial skills during your studies. If you are thinking of starting a business, the society can help you seek advice and provide you with entry to a host of events and networking opportunities.
- Enactus society offers you an opportunity to make the world a better place through entrepreneurial action. You will have the opportunity to work with the underprivileged within your local community and help run projects which are economically, environmentally and socially sustainable.
- Anza is a charity in Tanzania, providing business skills training to the youth, allowing them to start their own business and providing training and employment for women.