Being Enterprising While Working

Even if you don’t want to start your own business or you’re just not ready to take the plunge, you can still gain from thinking like an entrepreneur. This can help you to succeed when working for someone else.

Being entrepreneurial means having a certain attitude and thinking in a particular way. Entrepreneurs are good at spotting possibilities and turning everyday challenges into money-spinning opportunities and you can do this too, in your job.   

In fact, research suggests that showing entrepreneurial traits – such as having a positive attitude and being proactive – can create opportunities even if you’re employed by someone else.

At work, for instance, it might help you to earn a bonus or win a promotion. Or it may lead to you trying new things and perhaps attracting more customers or otherwise making your employer’s business more profitable. Thinking like an entrepreneur can open up new doors.

So, how can you be more entrepreneurial at work? 


Having a positive approach and attitude at work will help you achieve your goals.

Being willing to go beyond your job description to help somebody, for example, or using your initiative to create better ways of working or find new opportunities, demonstrates to employers that you’re well motivated, creative and ambitious.  

There are many ways to display a positive attitude at work and these can make you a very well thought of colleague and employee.

“I find it best to dive right in and learn the hard way.” Pete Cashmore, CEO of digital media website Mashable


Being creative isn’t just for inventors or designers. At work, creativity can mean all sorts of things, from being able to come up with fresh ideas and spot opportunities, to thinking about how to do something better.

To get your creative juices flowing, why not think how you could problem solve in your job? What could you improve, adapt or change?  Are there any opportunities you could explore?

“As an entrepreneur, I try to push the limits. Pedal to the metal.” Travis Kalanick, co-founder of taxi network Uber


At work, where you spend much of your time working with other people, developing positive relationships is crucial.

This means not only being able to communicate well to get your ideas across, but also listening and appreciating other people’s ideas and opinions. 

You might not always agree with your work colleagues – but it’s how you deal with this that makes a difference. Sometimes you can convince others that you are right, while at other times you have to accept that other people’s ideas are better. Successful entrepreneurs realise this. 

Creating good working relationships with others, being a good team member and knowing how to get the best out of yourself and others people can take you far, whether you work for yourself or someone else.

“Always deliver more than expected”

Larry Page (co-founder of Google)

Read more on relationships with customers and suppliers


Successful entrepreneurs are normally extremely busy people, with numerous tasks all requiring their attention each day. To cope with such a workload, it’s important to remain organised, so that each task is completed to schedule in order or priority.

If you don’t remain organised, you risk not getting through your daily workload or perhaps failing to complete an important task. If you have to rush because you haven’t left yourself enough time because you’re disorganised, the quality of your work may even suffer.

Whether you’re working for yourself or others, staying organised can help you to achieve great success.

“Focusing on one thing and doing it really, really well can get you very far.” Kevin Systrom, US entrepreneur and co-founder of social network Instagram

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