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Knowing you’re a highly sensitive entrepreneur can help you better manage your business.

As a coach, healer, or any service-based entrepreneur, navigating the world of business can be a rewarding, yet challenging journey. For those who identify as a highly sensitive person, the entrepreneurial journey can come with its own set of unique experiences! 

There are definite pros and cons of being highly sensitive. While highly sensitive entrepreneurs possess a heightened awareness of their emotions and the needs of others, you might also struggle with energetic boundaries, feeling burned out, and taking care of yourself.

If that sounds familiar, read the list below and see if you resonate with these 10 common traits of highly sensitive entrepreneurs. 

10 traits of highly sensitive entrepreneurs

Contrary to popular belief, highly sensitive people can be great entrepreneurs! Here are 10 qualities that HSP entrepreneurs often possess.

You experience deep emotions

Highly sensitive entrepreneurs experience emotions with a depth and intensity that can be overwhelming at times. You may find yourself deeply affected by the successes and failures of your business, as well as the experiences of your clients, and even of strangers on social media! Your emotional sensitivity can be a powerful asset in understanding clients and creating authentic connections, as long as you set boundaries to not get overwhelmed.

You resonate with being an “empath”

Do you find yourself easily (almost automatically) empathizing with people and feeling deeply moved by their struggles? Maybe you even pick up on others’ feelings without even realizing it. Highly sensitive entrepreneurs tend to possess a strong sense of empathy and compassion, making them adept at understanding — and relating to — the pain points of their target audience. Your compassion fuels your desire to help and that genuinely improve the lives, health, career, and relationships of others.

You notice things that others miss

Highly sensitive individuals have heightened senses and notice subtleties that others may overlook. As a highly sensitive entrepreneur, you likely pick up on the subtle clues that others miss. You’re tuned in to body language, tone of voice, and micro-expressions that say much more than words can say. This can make you a great coach or healer because you’re able to attune deeply to your clients and hear what’s not being said. 

You “max out” easily on social media and marketing

In the fast-paced world of entrepreneurship, highly sensitive individuals can easily become overwhelmed by excessive stimulation. You may find yourself needing regular breaks to recharge and restore your energy. Loud noises, crowded spaces, and chaotic environments can lead to entrepreneurial burnout. Recognizing your sensitivity to overstimulation can help you to manage your workday and your energy in a way that supports your well-being.

You rely on your intuition to make decisions

Highly sensitive entrepreneurs are highly intuitive and benefit from relying on their intuition to make decisions in business. You may have a strong gut feeling about the direction of your business or the viability of a new offering, even when logic dictates otherwise. Trusting your intuition can lead to innovative solutions and unexpected opportunities that propel your business forward.

You’re highly creative

Many highly sensitive people possess a rich inner world and a vibrant imagination. As a highly sensitive entrepreneur, you likely love to express your creativity through various mediums, such as writing, art, or design. Your creativity supports your ability to think outside the box and innovate in your business, setting you apart from your competitors.

You have high standards and may be a perfectionist

Highly sensitive entrepreneurs often hold themselves to high standards of excellence. While this drive for excellence can lead to impressive achievements, it can also result in getting stuck in perfectionism. Learning to balance your pursuit of excellence with self-compassion and self-care is essential for long-term success and fulfillment.

You’re a visionary

It’s not uncommon for highly sensitive people to be dreamers and have a big vision for their lives. Your ability identify your why in business is definitely a strength and will help you stay motivated. Yet, sometimes you might be so focused on the big picture that you struggle to break your business strategy down into an actionable plan and take action in the day to day. 

You’re an innovative problem solver

Highly sensitive entrepreneurs possess a unique ability to approach problems from multiple perspectives and uncover creative solutions. Your ability to “zoom out” and see the bigger picture will help keep you tapped in to what’s most important. Trusting your innovative problem-solving skills can lead to solutions that other people can’t always see. This is true in business and in life!

You value authenticity in your business

Highly sensitive entrepreneurs often value authenticity, vulnerability, and compassion. You’re passionate about being your true self in everything you do, including in your marketing and visibility efforts. Your authentic presence helps foster trust and affinity with your audience, while connecting on a deeper emotional level. 

5 things a highly sensitive entrepreneur needs to thrive

As you can see, there are many strengths and upsides to being a highly sensitive entrepreneur.

And, you’ll want to maximize your sensitive strengths by making sure you cultivate and embody the following qualities.

Emotional Resilience

There’s no doubt that highly sensitive entrepreneurs have a high degree of emotional intelligence. To go along with that, you’ll want to cultivate emotional resilience to navigate the ups and downs of the entrepreneurial journey. This resilience can help you bounce back from setbacks, manage stress effectively, and maintain a positive mindset.

Self-Awareness

Self-awareness is key for highly sensitive entrepreneurs to understand your own strengths, limiting beliefs, and your triggers. The more you can recognize your own emotional responses and patterns of behavior, the more you can understand and support yourself, even when others cannot. 

Flexibility

In the ever-evolving landscape of entrepreneurship, flexibility is essential for success. Highly sensitive entrepreneurs need to open-minded, willing to pivot their strategies and embrace change as it arises. This ability to adapt allows you to stay navigate the course in the face of uncertainty and recognize new opportunities when they arise.

Energetic Boundaries

As a highly sensitive entrepreneur, you have a heightened sensitivity to the emotions of others, making it crucial to establish strong emotional boundaries. Setting clear boundaries allows you to protect your energy and prioritize your well-being while still maintaining healthy relationships with clients and collaborators.

Growing a business as a highly sensitive entrepreneur

Being a highly sensitive person in business comes with its own set of strengths, challenges, and opportunities for growth. 

By embracing your sensitivity, creativity, empathy, and intuition, you can build strong connections and happy clients, helping you grow a thriving business that makes a meaningful impact in the world. 

Remember to prioritize self-care, set boundaries, and surround yourself with a supportive community that understands and celebrates your unique gifts as a highly sensitive entrepreneur.

Are you looking for a business coach that supports highly sensitive entrepreneurs?

As a highly sensitive entrepreneur myself, I know how this influences our work. It impacts our business model, our service offerings, and even our marketing! So it’s important to have a coach by your side who understands.

As a holistic business coach, I support highly sensitive entrepreneurs in navigating the path of starting and growing a business. To learn more about how I help, view my services here.