The Business Side of Entrepreneurship

By: Shay Rosen

Entrepreneurs are an ambitious lot, and true to form, make up some of the wealthiest people in the world. Whether speaking of Bill Gates and Steve Jobs or J.K Rowling and John Grisham, the business branding expertise and talent of some of the most successful entrepreneurs is indeed an extension of their work. While many might not consider authors to be entrepreneurs, anyone who turns an idea into a household name is exactly that.

But somewhere along the way, business decisions had to be made. Bill Gates and Paul Allen didn't sell Microsoft to IBM and cash in early, they instead chose to turn it into the world's largest software company and one which grosses almost 50 billion USD annually. While business savvy may not make every entrepreneur into a billionaire, it is a necessary part of taking an idea from conception to fruition, and those without it are unquestionably working with a disadvantage.

Gaining business experience that translates into a working knowledge of how to manage ideas, capital, marketing and other aspects of entrepreneurship starts with education. The basic tenants of business are universal, and what works for one industry can work for any. Entrepreneurs serious about their business prospects should consider gaining some formal training through a business diploma, associate's program or bachelor degree. While education may seem to contrast the image of the entrepreneur as someone who finds success outside the system, it's the ideas behind the business that separate entrepreneurs.

With a basic business knowledge gained through a diploma program or other business related educational tract, entrepreneurs will have the knowledge to proceed with their endeavors in a profit oriented mindset. This is necessary as simply having ambition and ideas doesn't always translate into financial success. In fact, the world is filled with ideas, products, services, inventions and innovations whose creators were never or inadequately compensated. They may have had the foresight to come up with the next big thing or a way to improve the last big thing, but someone else had the business sense to bring it to the market. That person is now enjoying the fruits of someone else's labor, and no entrepreneur thinks highly of that idea.

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