Is entrepreneurship an alternative for me?

There are many positive aspects to running your own business: the freedom to work independently and implement your own ideas as well as the possibility for individual reward. Your skills and knowledge are the basis for a successful business. Good characteristics for an entrepreneur to have include determination, courage and the ability to sell your own competence. Additionally, you should be capable of dealing with uncertainty and taking risks: as an entrepreneur it is up to you to ensure that your business is financially viable.

Luckily you do not need to do everything by yourself. Many people find it daunting to arrange financing or perhaps feel that they lack the knowledge or experience to be an entrepreneur or that they have limited knowledge of relevant legislation, tax laws, contract negotiation, etc. Concordia’s business advisors can help you with all aspects of entrepreneurship. While being an entrepreneur also entails taking risks, it is possible to control your risk-taking. For example you can run your business part-time; over half of Concordia’s clients started out as part-time business owners. This allows you to assess whether entrepreneurship is suitable for you without taking undue risks.

Take an entrepreneur test at the Enterprise Finland website ( to see whether entrepreneurship could be a viable alternative for you.