Skills Every Small Business Owner Should Have

When starting a new small business there are so many things you need to do, and it can be hard to know where to begin. But there are some skills that every entrepreneur should have in order to ensure their venture is successful. With everyone telling you something different, it’s easy to get lost in a research spiral, which is why this blog focuses on a few important skills that are essential.

Whether you’ve already set up shop or are planning to in the near future, this list will help you to streamline your upskilling process. Stop floundering and get focused today, your small business will thank you for it.


Having the right marketing skills will really help you get your small business off the ground. Even if your idea is incredible and your product is flawless, if nobody knows about your business, you’re not going to be making any sales. Marketing is essential in reaching out to potential customers and showing them why your product is what they’ve been missing in their life. It doesn’t matter what you’re selling or who you’re selling it to, a good marketing strategy is always going to be essential.


This might be a no-brainer, but every small business owner needs to know how to manage their finances. If you don’t keep a record of transactions or understand how much things cost, you’re going to find yourself in some hot water before long. And don’t forget about taxes. Filing your taxes incorrectly can mean that you’ll be faced with some hefty fines further down the line, so it’s something you need to stay on top of. If accounting really isn’t your strong suit, consider getting some software to help you to get organized.


Whether you have employees or not, communication is going to be essential to running a small business. Even if you’re running a solo operation, you’ll have to communicate with suppliers, customers, agencies and freelancers. If anything, being the only person running your business makes communication all the more essential, because there’s nobody else to fall back on if something does go wrong.


Linked to communication, your ability to network with other professionals in your industry will really help your business to grow. Not only will you be able to collaborate with other businesses, but you’ll be able to share ideas with other entrepreneurs and help each other out. Having a strong network is useful in all industries, but small businesses will benefit from reaching out to more people in their local communities. Building your presence and authority within relevant circles boosts your marketing strategy and helps you to cement your presence.


Problems can crop up at any time, but they’re especially common when you’re just starting a small business. Because everything is still new, you’ll be ironing out kinks for quite some time. Being adept at problem-solving without panicking is doing to save you a whole lot of time and stress in the long run.

Adam Hansen

Adam is a part time journalist, entrepreneur, investor and father.