We talked recently about rules for web startups. I am excited to see that this month’s guest author on SvN, Ryan Carson, will be posting a series called Small Biz 101. The first installment outlines personality traits suited to the small business owner, which are:

  1. Self motivation
  2. Open to risk
  3. Strong work ethic
  4. Driven
  5. Organization
  6. Humility

While I’m not sure that humility is necessarily integral (hey, I just finished reading iCon), I’m glad that organization made the list. For Needmore, one of the turning points as a business came when we conscientiously came up with an organizational plan, answering questions such as: Who is going to respond to e-mails? What are we naming our project folders (and what belongs in each)? How do we name projects? and so on.

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