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Management Majors Toolkit

Welcome! This site helps students and alumni find a wide array of information about roles in Management, Human Resouces, and Entrepreneurship. If you are already majoring in Management, Human Resources, or Entrepreneurship, you can discover resources to h

Why Entrepreneurship?

Students studying Entrepreneurship develop an "entrepreneurial mindset". An entrepreneurial mindset enables people to:

  • identify and make the most of opportunities
  • overcome and learn from setbacks
  • succeed in a variety of settings

Research shows that an entrepreneurial mindset is not only crucial for creating new business but is also valued by employers because employees with an entrepreneurial mindset are creative and innovative critical thinkers who are comfortable with risk, adaptable, and future-oriented. People with an entrepreneurial mindset tend to also be collaborative, recognize opportunities, and take initiative.


The Entrepreneurial Mindset and Skillset

If you are considering becoming an entrepreneur, there are several essential skill sets that you can develop to increase your entrepreneurial success. Hard skills—like technical and financial skills—can be extremely important to managing a business. Additionally, soft skills–like communication and leadership skills–can also ensure you develop as an entrepreneur. In this article, we will explore what entrepreneurial skills are, how to develop them and how to highlight your entrepreneurial skills on your resume, in a cover letter and during an interview.

What are entrepreneurial skills?

Entrepreneurial skills can encompass a broad range of various skill sets like technical skills, leadership and business management skills and creative thinking. Because entrepreneurial skills can be applied to many different job roles and industries, developing your entrepreneurial skills can mean developing several types of skill sets. For instance, to be a successful business owner, you may need to develop your business management skills. To build and maintain successful project teams you might need to improve your leadership and communication skills.

Entrepreneurial skills can encompass a large range of both soft and hard skills. Because of the many business roles entrepreneurs may take on, they may also develop a variety of different skill sets to accommodate the growth of their businesses and brands. Developing the following skill sets can also help you develop your entrepreneurial skills:

Business management skills

Successful entrepreneurs will most often rely on their business skills to manage and run a business or brand. Developing your business management skills can mean building up your ability to multitask, delegate responsibilities to subordinates and making decisions regarding the health and profitability of your business.

Teamwork and leadership skills

Becoming a successful entrepreneur can also mean taking on leadership roles and working as part of a team. Being a business owner means you will most likely act as both a supervisor and as part of a team, and you will need to rely on effective leadership skills to help motivate your team.

Communication and listening

Business owners and entrepreneurs should also develop effective communication skills. From active listening to discussions during meetings, being able to communicate effectively can help you work with others to build your business. Likewise, effective communication can also translate to how you promote awareness of your brand. For instance, effective and clear messages through emails, content marketing, social media and other advertising methods can positively influence how you reach your target market.

Customer service skills

No matter the industry you venture into as an entrepreneur, you may still need to develop effective customer service skills. From talking with potential clients to discussing opening partnerships, effective customer service skills can help you connect with your customer base and ensure your brand is providing the products or services your market needs.

Financial skills

Owning a business can also mean taking care of the financial aspects of your organization. You can develop financial skills by learning from a financial planner, reading financial guidebooks and using financial software to help you organize and keep track of the financial processes in your business.

Analytical and problem-solving skills

Successful entrepreneurs may also have exceptional analytical and problem-solving skills. This is because there can be many aspects of building a brand or business that can require difficult decisions, finding solutions to obstacles and using creative thinking to develop plans and strategies that will help you achieve your business goals.

Critical thinking skills

Critical thinking skills, like analytical skills, can be necessary for developing your overall entrepreneurial skills. Being able to look at problems, situations, projects and operations from different perspectives can help in decision-making and problem solving. Critical thinking skills can also be necessary for strategic planning and evaluating the approaches you're using to make changes or improve your business strategies as needed.

Strategic thinking and planning skills

Critical thinking skills can also translate into strategic thinking skills. Entrepreneurs who have built brands and businesses most likely applied their strategic planning skills to develop strategies for growing and developing their businesses. To be successful as an entrepreneur, it takes planning and being able to think strategically can allow you to find ways to beat out your competition, grow your market reach or implement effective strategies to reach your goals.

Technical skills

Because of the availability of software programs for financial analysis, planning, marketing and other business processes, it can be extremely beneficial to develop your technical skills. Entrepreneurs with efficient technological skills can use software and other digital approaches for managing projects, tracking sales and revenue and measuring the performance of business growth.

Time management and organizational skills

Time management and organization are also important skills for entrepreneurs to have. Strategies that can help develop these skill sets include breaking down tasks into manageable to-do lists and setting deadlines and achievable objectives for yourself and for your team. Additionally, you might implement technology to help keep business files organized or employ an office assistant to help you keep paperwork, business records and customer files organized.

Branding, marketing and networking skills

Entrepreneurs may spend the majority of their time marketing and networking with other professionals to promote and grow their brands. Being able to implement successful branding and marketing strategies can be an essential aspect of becoming an entrepreneur. You might take a free online course to get started with branding and marketing basics, and you can also meet with other entrepreneurs to help grow your network.


Starting a New Venture?

Students staring a new venture have access to the University of Iowa John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center (JPEC). Open to all UI students, the Startup Incubator connects students with resources to launch a startup, and to grow it into a sustainable business. Welcoming both individual students or teams, the Startup Incubator is located in the Bedell Entrepreneurship Learning Laboratory (BELL), providing a physical home for student businesses on UI's campus. Participants will have access to a variety of resources including collaborative work space and equipment, one-on-one mentoring from experienced professionals, workshops, trainings, networking, and funding opportunities.

Get Involved in an Entrepreneurship Club

Consider getting involved in a Tippie entrepreneurship club to gain skills, network, and have a little fun!


Enactus at Iowa

Create your own entrepreneurial endeavor and change the world. Enactus is an international organization where you can create your own entrepreneurial-based projects and work with student, academic, and business leaders. Make your business ideas come to life in your local community or in a community halfway across the world. 

Sigma Nu Tau

Sigma Nu Tau is an entrepreneurial honors society for individuals who value entrepreneurship, leadership, and academics. Our primary focus is to teach our members how to use entrepreneurship to excel in the workplace. We provide the fundamentals and resources to create the leaders of tomorrow.

Entrepreneurship Professional Organizations

Whether you're looking to network, meet mentors or gain insights on the latest industry trends, joining and participating in an organization has an abundance of benefits that can make you a stronger and more effective entrepreneur. Consider the following:


Entrepreneurs' Organization

Founded in 1987, EO has become “the global thought leader on entrepreneurship.” Entrepreneurs' Organization gives you the opportunity to share the challenges of being an entrepreneur on their forums and EO will connect you with over 10,000 peers. EO provides you access to a mentor, offers customized learning programs, and gives you the chance to attend global networking events. EO even has a healthcare option through the Healthcare Foundation.


Young Entrepreneur Council

If you're an entrepreneur under the age of 40, then having the chance to join this invite-only organization is an absolute must. The perks of a YEC membership include peer-to-peer forums for 24/7 support, discounts on beneficial products and services, in-person events and an editorial team to assist you with content creation and distribution. Other benefits include the chance to participate in mentorship discussions and publication, and a complimentary FoundersCard membership as well.



FoundersCard is an organization that has over 15,000 members who enjoy generous networking events and many discounts are provided. For example, FoundersCard offers members discounts on travel expenses, business products and services, and even VIP benefits to improve your lifestyle. The lifestyle benefits include discounts from vehicle, fashion and fitness brand products. The global invite-only events are a great way to network with like-minded entrepreneurs.


Young President’s Organization

Ray Hickok founded YPO in 1950 and today has approximately 22,000 business leaders in more than 125 countries. Joining the YPO affords you the opportunity to bounce ideas or seek advice from a global network on the YPO forums. The YPO also collects performance metrics and trends for quarterly reports, networking events, and roundtable discussions. The YPO not only assists you with your business life, but it also assists you with your personal life by providing guidance for family members and couple's retreats. This is a great organization if you're under 45.



If you want to change the world, then joining Ashoka should be on your shortlist of organizations. Since its founding in 1980, Ashoka has become the largest network of social entrepreneurs with over 3,000 members from all over the world. Ashoka provides everything from start-up financing, networking opportunities to professional support systems.



Founded in 2011, CoFoundersLab has been assisting entrepreneurial-minded individuals in gaining access to the tools they require in order to succeed. Since then, CoFoundersLab has been the world's largest network of entrepreneurs using technology and AI algorithms to make connections in the business world. CoFoundersLab has a 20 week startup accelerator program and a network of advisors, mentors, and investors.