There you are, sitting at your desk, day in and day out, as your brain runs through the same scenario you’ve been imagining for weeks. The one where you launch out of your chair, flip your desk over, smack your coworkers in the back of the head as you make your way to your boss’s office, where you promptly and vigorously stamp your resignation letter to his forehead with crazy glue. (all in slow motion, of course)

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You would then likely cap it all off with this

Or, if you’re among the fortunate few, you don’t hate your job. You do, however, realize that there is more to life than simply working. You appreciate that your most valuable resource is not money, it’s your time. You wish that you had more control over how you spend your time. Travel the world, learn a new language, finally start that painting hobby you’ve been thinking about for years. It’s your time, do what you love.

Both of these individuals can accomplish their lofty goals by doing the same thing: starting their own businesses. Starting your own business certainly isn’t easy, though. It takes a great deal of time, effort, energy, and patience to create a successful business. Think you have what it takes to own, operate, and manage your own business? Here are 3 fundamental traits of successful small business owners:

1. Be a dedicated self-starter

With great power comes great responsibility. Now that you are controlling your own time, you need to make sure you spend that time furthering the objectives and progression of your business. Netflix and Cheetos can wait.

2. Unwavering optimism

There’s no doubt about it. There will be some difficult storms to weather when running your own business, and maintaining optimism requires daily maintenance. Pessimists need not apply.

3. Be a jack-of-all-trades

In the beginning of your small business ownership, it will be just you. You’re going to be doing everything. Marketing, sales, accounting, inventory management, general labor, EVERYTHING. A strong desire to learn and adapt is crucial here.

That’s just 3. So much more is required, but the rewards are bountiful. Take a look at the infographic below to see what it takes to be a small business owner.

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Source: Constant Contact

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