1.1.1 Being an Entrepreneur

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Entrepreneurs are the people who start their own business or enterprise. Entrepreneurship is a skill and entrepreneurs take calculated risks with the Aim of some form of reward. This is often in the form of profit, but could also be in the form of feeling good or having the satisfaction of running your own business and being your own boss.

Entrepreneur — a risk taker that starts their own business or enterprise to make a profit or for ethical reasons.

Here are some famous Entrepreneurs. Can you list their businesses?

Entrepreneurs will look for opportunities to launch a new Product or service, this is known as a gap in the market.

The roles of a successful entrepreneur:

Identify Potential Business Opportunity

Successful entrepreneurs will constantly be looking for opportunities to start a business. Sometimes inspiration may strike and it is the entrepreneur’s responsibility to take an idea and put it into practice. Did you know that Simon Cowell came up with the idea for X Factor while walking home because he couldn’t afford a taxi? Monopoly was initially drawn out on a napkin. The founder of Zoom, Eric Yuan, had to apply 9 times to get a U.S. visa before starting his company. Being an entrepreneur is about pursuing your ideas and dreams and overcoming adversity.

Evaluate Viability of Business Opportunity

Viability means the likelihood of success. Entrepreneurs can reduce risk by ensuring that the business idea is viable through Market research and careful planning.

Understand Target Market

The target market is the customer base that the business’s product or service is aimed at. For example, a nightclub may target university students with cheap drink offers, whereas a London bar may choose to target professional city workers with more expensive brunch offers.

Organises Resources/The Factors of Production

Business resources are limited, therefore it is important to manage them properly in order to receive the most gain from them. Factors of production are what are needed in order to create a product or service. A successful entrepreneur will manage these inputs so that they can add value and sell the output for a profit. For example, a baker will take flour, eggs, butter & sugar (inputs), mix & bake them (adding value), and sell the cakes (output). An entrepreneur must be able t manage the resources in such a way that it is profitable and reduces waste.

Raises The Finance

A successful entrepreneur will raise the sources of finance needed in order to start their business.

Makes Decisions on The Marketing Mix

The 4Ps of the marketing mix are Price, Place, Product and Promotion. These are the 4 elements that businesses must consider to successfully market their product. A successful entrepreneur will make calculated decisions based on evidence gathered from market research.

Manages Risks

An entrepreneur takes risks to start a business. This could be financial, quitting a job to start a business or the time spent. While risk is part of being an entrepreneur, they can take steps to reduce it and ensure that the reward for running the business is more more likely.

1.1.2 Entrepreneurial Motivators