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Being an Only Child Prepared Me for Home-Based Business Success

Little did I know how growing up as an only child would prepare me for becoming a self-sufficient entrepreneur. The more I think about it, the more there is a logical connection between being an “only” and working successfully for myself.

These are ten traits that come to mind as I think about growing up an only child. I learned to:
1. Amuse myself and not get boredchild playing
2. Spend hours alone and not get lonesome
3. Believe people want to listen to me
4. Be creative and see the big picture
5. Be independent
6. Think quickly on my feet
7. Lead myself first
8. Value self-education
9. Take action and make things happen
10. Step out of my comfort zone and go it alone

Here is a list of what I believe are must-have traits for a successful home-based entrepreneur. Notice how many of these traits match the traits I developed growing up as an only child.

1. Must be self-motivated, self-directed and not easily bored.
The bottom line: You have to be able to rely on yourself.
2. Must be able to work at home without becoming lonesome.
Working with home-based coaching clients, I’ve found that the feeling of isolation can destroy a home-based entrepreneur’s desire to work for themselves.
3. Must believe what we are doing is important enough that others will take notice and listen.
Successful entrepreneurs have an inner self-confidence in themselves and what their business offers. Why wouldn’t others want to know more about what we are offering?
4. Must vividly see how day-to-day tasks produce long-term positive results.
Seeing how all the little tasks create the big picture, is a huge part of being a successful entrepreneur. It’s easy to get caught up in the day-to-day things that need to be done and lose sight our long-term goal. Success happens one task and one day at a time.
5. Must be an independent self-starter who enjoys being her own boss.
One of the most important elements of being a successful home-based entrepreneur is being able to work well independently. That strong desire for autonomy and independence can make the difference between growing a successful business and giving up before payday.

What do you think, do these only child traits and work from home entrepreneurial traits overlap? I guess I should say, “Thanks mom and dad.”
Please, share your thoughts and comments with us. We’d love to hear from you.

Sharon Michaels
Author – Blogger – Coach to Women Entrepreneurs
Owner of WomenWhoWantToSuccessfullyWorkForThemselves.com
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