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Entrepreneurship as a career option can be an exciting opportunity to be explored. This career path can take many directions and goes far beyond the sole idea of owning a small business and being your own boss.

Entrepreneurs identify needs, develop a vision, take action, and turn dreams into reality. They create products, companies, or even industries. They change individuals' lives or an entire society. Some work for themselves and others do entrepreneurial work within traditional companies. Some entrepreneurs' focus on money and others focus on leading social change.

There are more resources and tools than ever before for entrepreneurs to gain the knowledge needed, exploring this interesting career option. On college campuses across the country there is an increased interest in entrepreneurial careers. We hope the resources and information below will be of assistance. Make an appointment with a UB Career Services Counselor to discuss the wide variety of entrepreneurial career options!

Profile of an Entrepreneur

Common Skills, Traits, Qualities

  • Total Commitment
  • Perseverance
  • Initiative/Take Charge Person/Proactive
  • Strong Work Ethic
  • High Energy Level
  • Strong Self-Confidence
  • Flexibility/Adaptability/Ability to Change
  • Excellent Communication Skills
  • Creativity/Innovation
  • Opportunity Focused
  • Ability to Partner with Others
  • Ability to Sell
  • Competitive Spirit
  • Resourcefulness
  • Ability to Exploit New Markets and Create Opportunities
  • Can Develop a Vision
  • Accepts Challenges and Risks
  • Basic Business Knowledge
  • Management Skills
  • Accounting Skills
  • Marketing Skills
  • Negotiation Skills
  • Foreign Language Skills (companies are becoming more global)

Motivations of Entrepreneurs

Additional Information

Paths to Entrepreneurship

Start Your Own Business

Be a Self-Employed Professional

Become a 'one person' firm (such as a subcontractor, consultant, business analyst, inventor, independent agent or broker, builder, developer, craftsperson, artisan).

Be a Corporate Entrepreneur at a Traditional Firm

Such as new product development, research, change agent, innovator.

Be a Social Entrepreneur at a Traditional Firm

This is an employee of a firm who operates in a socially entrepreneurial manner, identifying opportunities for and/ or initiating socially responsible activity in addition to helping the organization reach its business goals.

Be a Social Entrepreneur

Social entrepreneurs focus on creating social capital and further social and environmental goals locally, nationally, or internationally (applying capitalistic strategies to achieve philanthropic goals).

Sample Career Titles of Entrepreneurs

  • Self-Employed Owner/Operator
  • Family Business Manager
  • Start-Up Manager
  • Product Manager
  • Mergers & Acquisitions Analyst
  • Business Development Manager
  • Small Business Consultant
  • Marketing Specialist
  • Insurance Sales
  • Real Estate Sales

Associations and Organizations

Online Resources

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