Which are You, Salesman, Businessman, or Entrepreneur

Last Update: July 27, 2016

Salesmen primarily hawk other people's products

Businessmen manage transactions and relationships, professionally

Entrepreneurs create and add value to the marketplace through invention and innovation

So which are You?

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With-Kev Premium
Hi Allan, as a startup, you have to be all, that is unless you have partners or the funds to employ staff. Cheers Kev
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AllanC Premium
Good answer Kev. :-)
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With-Kev Premium
Thanks Allan. Cheers Kev
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Keisi Premium
Hola Allan,

I happen to be all three and more. Not so much by choice but as my businesses grow certain demands are required of me. Whatever answers I apply are according to what I have time for, as well as whom I will outsource.
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AllanC Premium
Okay...so a resourcefull Jack of all trades. Nice.
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JudeP Premium
I think we can be more than 1 of these :)
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AllanC Premium
I certainly agree...but if you had to pick one that best describes you, which might it be?
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JudeP Premium
OK, as much as I dislike labels, if I had to, it would be a combination of business person and entrepreneur.
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AllanC Premium
Okay...that's great to know. But don't worry I believe there's no label on earth which can limit someone with the creative juices like you have...I see your energy and passion for what you do here at WA, and that can't be capped - if anything, a label just might focus and strengthen your gift. Much respect...and thank you for responding.
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MNorton Premium
Hi Allan,
I'd like to think of myself as a businesswoman and entrepreneur, although I'm new to both aspects of these fields. I'm encouraged daily to become strong in both. Thank you for your insight. Have a great day!
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AllanC Premium
Sounds like this got you thinking a little...did it? PS You have already become even stronger by identifying which you are. Thanks for the comment Mary.
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SayWA Premium
Hi, Allan. Any way we can be all 3? Though, being a salesman does not seem appealing, unless you are hawking your own product. Then, being a salesman would be awesome, because you would be introducing your own features of the product. It would be tough to say which of the three because you would need the qualities of all three to be successful.
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MyraBeth Premium
I do agree, Allan, salespeople have a bad reputation, but there are some good gems in sales.

Thanks, SayWA, you gave a very insightful answer. And your reply reminded me of a book I read many years ago and it is time for me to re-read it:

Og Mandino's book: The Greatest Salesman in the World.
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AllanC Premium
Good observation - that all three are important to success.
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AllanC Premium
I believe there is a salesman within all of us just wanting to get out. Thanks for your response.
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