Are you ready to own and manage your own business?

Alan Dinnie
Alan Dinnie
Are you ready to own and manage your own business?

Business skills are a set of abilities which are needed when starting your own business. These skills can range from proficiency in financial management to expertise in leadership. All business owners should have a certain talent for business – lacking these skills can make things difficult. 

If you are looking to become a business owner, you need to ascertain your level of knowledge in the following areas. Having a good amount of knowledge and skills in the following areas will give you confidence and will go far in you making a success in your new business venture.

Financial Management

Financial management is one of the most important business skills that you will need when you start running your own business. Financial management includes planning, organising and knowing how to control financial activities that the business requires throughout its day to day operation. Having this expertise will assure that your business runs smoothly. By having this skill, you will easily be able to calculate your profits as well as losses, and you will become knowledgeable in how to budget wisely.

Of course, you will most likely employ someone in your business who is a professional in finance to do this for you, but even having a basic knowledge yourself of how the financial side of the business works will be beneficial in the long-run.


What is a business without communication? A company will not survive if the owner of the business or its top staff don’t have professional communication skills. To be an excellent communicator you need to also be a good listener and be skilful in reading body language when talking to potential investors or customers, for example. If you want to run your own business, you must be able to talk confidently and have the self-assurance to put your ideas and thoughts across. Furthermore, communication is an imperative skill when networking and meeting new contacts which could support your business in the future.

Yes, managing a business requires initiative, imagination and having a goal-orientated mind, but none of that matters if you can’t communicate effectively. The business skills regarding communication include assertiveness skills, negotiation skills and public speaking.


Leading a team is something which any manager or individual who is high up in any organisation must be able to do well. Leadership is a skill that can be attained through experience and education. It is accurate to say that some people are born leaders, but it’s rare that these chosen few know all the relevant business management skills that concern leadership. These are some leadership training courses that will guarantee that your team work hard under your effective supervision and guidance.

Time Management

Time is money. Yes, it really is. When running a business, you must have strong time management skills. It is crucial to be organised and able to allocate yours and your employees’ time effectively. Time management refers to prioritising tasks, being punctual and not ignoring deadlines and pending matters. A course in time management might be beneficial if you find it difficult to plan your time wisely. Time is always ticking away when you start running your own business, so be sure to make the most of it.

Problem Solving

A business cannot exist without encountering many problems. As an individual in everyday life, as well as a business owner, you will face problem after problem – this is normal. The important skill you need when these situations occur is problem solving. Even though some problems can be hard to fix without help, it can be good to have a method for working out how to solve them. There are many key components which need to be considered when solving various business-related problems.

Sales and Marketing

Having knowledge about sales and marketing is essential to win business, promote and advertise the products and services which your company provides. A structured sales process with defined steps is critical in developing new customers, plus keeping and growing customers. New business opportunities can be generated with a sound marketing plan utilising a variety of different marketing techniques, such as e-mail marketing, content marketing and public relations. With more and more businesses relying on technology for their marketing, digital marketing is becoming an increasingly necessary business skill. If you are aware of this contemporary concept, you will stand out more than your competitors who might still be using more traditional marketing methods that are useful but outdated.

Project Management

Companies take on various projects in order to improve their business and bring it closer to its short-term as well as long-term goals. Being able to manage these products effectively is a vital business skill for anybody who wants to run a business. 

Human Resources (HR)

A critical skill you need to run your own business is HR. You might be thinking ‘what is HR and why do I need it?’ Human Resources as a job role involves recruiting staff and developing individual employees’ skills through training. HR has to do with managing a business’s ‘human capital’. Being familiar with HR will put you at an advantage as a business manager, whether you’re planning to hire employees yourself or looking to hire the right HR professionals for your business, as you will be fully informed about what they do. 


One of the reasons why business owners like doing what they do, is because it allows them to employ a range of their skills and knowledge and embrace the many learning opportunities that occur on the job. There are also the rewards of being independent and being your own boss, lifestyle advantages, financial rewards, and a sense of freedom and personal satisfaction.

Embrace the challenge of owning a business. You will never be fully prepared to own or run a business, but at some time you need to trust that you have the ability to do so in whatever capacity and you can always reach out for assistance through the many options that are available.



This article is provided with the compliments of Alan Dinnie. It is genuinely intended to offer readers information to make better decisions and give insight into various aspects of business in general, and more particularly related to the sale and purchase and management of businesses. 

All material presented herein is intended for informational purposes only. Information is compiled from sources deemed reliable but may be subject to errors and omissions. No statement is made as to the accuracy of any description. Alan Dinnie makes no warranties or representations regarding the information and excludes any liability which may arise because of the use of this information. This information is the copyright of Alan Dinnie.

Nothing herein shall be construed as legal, accounting, or other professional advice outside the realm of real estate and business brokerage. 

I trust you enjoy the article and that it provides you with useful information.

To your business success

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