As a business owner, you need to have many skills to be a success. Some you will already have, and some you will need to make an effort to learn. The more skills you have, the better your business can become, although there is a balance to be met; learning a little about a lot of areas is not as useful as learning a lot about a few areas, so in some cases, you will need to choose what you think is in your best interests to know. 

The list of skills below contains some of the most crucial that business owners should have to be as successful as possible. You may want to add more to this list yourself, but these are excellent ones to start with. 


Even if you think you don’t have to be a salesperson in your line of business, this is not going to be accurate. It’s true you might not work in sales in the traditional manner, actively selling to people, face to face, but even if you don’t do this, you must still have some sales skills to build your business. 

Remember, everything you do as an entrepreneur should result in people coming to your business to spend money over and above anyone else. Therefore, you need to sell your business, your ideas, your enthusiasm, yourself to anyone who will listen. You need to prove your business is the best. You need to convince people to try you out. This is a sales role by another name, the name of the business owner. 

Sales are not easy, and not everyone is comfortable extolling the virtues of their business. Yet if you want to be as successful as Gurbaksh Chahal, this is what you’ll need to learn to do.  


Planning things takes time. It takes effort. It slows things down and forces business owners to look at where they are going and what they are doing to get there. These are some of the reasons why planning can be neglected; many entrepreneurs are keen to just get on with whatever it is they think they need to do. 

This tactic will work sometimes. Other times it will lead to big failures, or at the very least having to backtrack and start again, which wastes even more time. The best way to be successful is to learn the skill of planning. If you can do this, even if everything takes a little longer, it will often work the first time, and in the end, you’ll be much further ahead because you’ll be able to avoid any major pitfalls. 


Communication is always going to be a good skill to have in life and in business. The better you are at communicating, the more likely it is you will be able to get the things you want in life. When you are in business, good communication means your staff will be happy to work for you and won’t need to be micromanaged, your customers will feel appreciated, and you will be able to get great deals with your suppliers, among many other things. 

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