“I’m going to have to talk to people, maybe even groups of people.”
“But sometimes, talking to people is just weird.”
“Well, this could be awkward.”
Does this mean you shouldn’t start your own business? Nope.
Introverts (aka: shy, or quiet, people) can be very successful business owners and entrepreneurs. Famous introverts include “Harry Potter” series author J.K. Rowling and Microsoft founder Bill Gates.
So, how does an introvert, like you, find success? Here are four reasons why introverts can run an amazing business.
- It’s not all about you.
Introverts love creating and coming up with new ideas. You tend to start working on ideas and projects by yourself. Then, you share these ideas with people you’re already comfortable with.
And since they don’t crave attention, you’re more likely to focus on how to make these ideas work and be successful, rather than worry about who gets credit for each new idea.
Which naturally leads to your next advantage…
- You actually listen to people.
It’s amazing how much you can learn, just by letting someone else talk. Customers come in different shapes and sizes. But all customers want to be heard.
Your listening skills make you uniquely open to new ideas, whether those ideas come from business partners, your mentor, or your customers.
- You think before making a change.
Change can be good for your business. Your ability to sit alone and think about a possible change, gives you time to decide if it’s a good idea.
If it is a good idea, you also take time to figure out how to make that idea work for you and your customers.
- You’re honest.
A lot of people — especially extroverts — love being surrounded by people. You are not, which means that impressing others is not what usually motivates you. Therefore you are more like than the average person to be authentic.
No business is perfect. And that’s okay with you, since you don’t need anyone to think you’re perfect. You just want to your ideas to help people. So, when something goes wrong, introverts are more comfortable with admitting their mistakes.
This makes your customers see you as someone they can relate to and trust with their time and money.
You don’t have to be popular at your school to run a successful business. Instead, focus on how to make your ideas work, get help from people you trust, and listen to your customers.
If you do this, your customers won’t be shy when they tell others about how your awesome business helps them.