These days, more and more people are self-identifying as entrepreneurs – and we think that’s great! As far as we’re concerned, everyone has the potential to succeed with their own business. But there are, of course, different routes to success. Here, we look at the different types of entrepreneurs – and offer some tips along the way.

The Planner Entrepreneur

The planner takes a thorough approach to everything, including starting their own business. If you’re a planner, you’ve probably got a super-organised desk, files bursting with information and spreadsheets galore. In many ways, this is one of the best types of entrepreneur, as you’re unlikely to find any unexpected obstacles in your way. But don’t forget that life is about more than planning – something you just have to take a leap of faith. Also, make sure that you don’t lose sight of your goals while buried in all that data and organisation!

The Fake-it-til-you-make-it Entrepreneur

On the opposite end of the scale to the Planner is the Fake-it-til-you-make-it entrepreneur, who is all about the gift of the gab. Depending on the industry you’re trying to break into, confidence and charisma can get you surprisingly far. After all, how can you convince others to believe in your product if you haven’t fully convinced yourself? But be careful – this approach has its limitations. When your business starts to take shape, you’ll need to hone your organisational skills and begin planning ahead.

The Trailblazer Entrepreneur

Occupying a territory somewhere between these two types, the Trailblazer is certainly capable of dreaming big – although they keep their feet firmly rooted on the ground. If you’re forever seeing a gap in the market for the next big thing, and you know what practical steps you need to take to get it out there, you probably fall into this category. On the downside, you can sometimes get distracted by new people and ideas, so remember to stay focused.

The Traditionalist Entrepreneur

While not exactly stuck in the past, the traditionalist typically prefers old, tried-and-tested methods of working over new ideas. And sometimes, this works out in your favour. You’ll never be the sort, for example, to fall victim to some hare-brained scam or invest all your cash in an emerging tech that fails to take off. But the world is always evolving, and sometimes you need to move with it – so try not to stay too closed off to new ideas.

The Climber Entrepreneur

Climbers are typically focused on one goal: making it to the top. And while they’ve usually got the kit required to make it, they can remain blinkered to other opportunities along the way. If you’re a climber you’ve likely got fantastic motivation and drive, and you’re sure to achieve your dreams – but make sure that you leave room to learn and grow.