The answer to the question posed by the title is a big Yes.
Naturally, extroverts are seen as more successful in business because of their ability to make smooth deals, convince and win clients over, and are charismatic leaders.
However, it is noteworthy that the most successful business people in the world are introverts. For example, the Silicon Valley geeks who are one of the most successful tech entrepreneurs in the world are largely known as reserved, glasses wearing, quiet men and women. Thus, to be an entrepreneur is not a product of temperaments, but of vision, goals, determination and hard work.
Nonetheless, we agree that the road to entrepreneurship may not be as easy for an introvert. Thus, we have put together some reasons why you should not give up on your dream just because you are naturally introverted.
- Start a Business based on Passion – You must think carefully, and has a strong business plan on how to execute your idea before starting a business. And it’s important to play to your strengths. There’s almost certainly something you can do or something you know that extroverts won’t be able to match. So pinpoint it and exploit it. Also, whatever your business is, start small. Hire only the people you need; that way, you can get used to your role gradually and avoid overloading yourself with new people and situations.
- Your Team Should Supplement You – If you’re strongly introverted, you’ll be better off finding business partners and employees who complement your personality and skill set. For example, if you hate the idea of making a sales pitch to a stranger and don’t like talking to people in general, team up with someone who’s strongly extroverted and straightforward, who likes having conversations. Introversion is a collection of strengths and weaknesses, and extroversion is, too; so you’ll need a blend of both if you want your business to perform its best.
- Create the environment you want – This is your company. This is your brand. You get to define it and build it in any way you choose. Obviously, you have to consider the limits of practicality and what will work best for your business, but consider adopting policies and values that cater to your introverted nature. For example, if you prefer written communication to spoken communication, consider making your business fully remote, with all your employees working from home.
- Use online networking and interaction – If you don’t like to engage with people in the real world, maybe you can find your stride in online interactions. Instead of going out to networking events, for example, you can do the majority of your networking over social media. You can rely on emails and instant messages for the bulk of your interactions, and reserve in-person meetings for when you really need them.There are some benefits to talking to people in person, so don’t be exclusive with online interactions
- Practice socializing- While it’s definitely possible to be a solo entrepreneur, I don’t recommend it. Sooner or later, you’re going to have to socialize with other people, whether it’s partners, clients, employees or mentors. If you aren’t good at socializing, or prefer to avoid it, you’ll need to practice, to get your social game up. Conversation and interactions are skills, like anything else, and you can refine them if you spend time working on your abilities. Start by attending more networking events, and talking to other attendees there. Also, develop new tactics for guiding conversations the way you want them to go. This may seem intimidating at first, but you’ll get the hang of it.
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