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So you think you’re not an entrepreneur?

by Kelly Exeter | March 6th, 2014 | 2 comments

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For most of us, when we think ‘entrepreneur’, we think of an idea-generating, risk-taking, venture-capital-raising swashbuckler. Someone who doesn’t need to sleep at night and thrives living on the edge.

Indeed, Dictionary.com defines an entrepreneur as:

A  person who organizes and manages any enterprise, especially a business, usually with considerable initiative and risk.

Given this, it’s easy to see why many people who own small businesses or have small ‘from-home’ ventures, don’t consider themselves to be entrepreneurs.

And I do know there are some people who just don’t like labels so that’s why they shy away from the tag.

But for those who shun the ‘entrepreneur’ label because they think they’re not worthy of the name – think again.

That kid on the corner selling lemonade on a hot day – he’s an entrepreneur.

The lady next door making and selling frilly baby knickers via her Facebook page – she’s an entrepreneur.

Your friend who’s a singer and just crowd sourced the funds for her next album – she’s an entrepreneur.

And yes, so is that guy on Twitter who has an idea for the next big thing in the social media world and is heading to San Diego to pitch to investors next month.

It doesn’t matter the size of your venture. If you’re someone who can see gaps in markets – large or small – and ways to fill them, you’re an entrepreneur. If you’ve started a small business or venture of any description, you’re an entrepreneur.

As Brett Nelson, writing for Forbes.com says:

Entrepreneurs,  in the purest sense, are those who identify a need—any need—and fill it. It’s a primordial urge, independent of product, service, industry or market.

If this sounds like you, then own it! Sometimes it’s nice to have a label … especially a cool one like ‘entrepreneur’.

And while you’re owning the label, take a second to process the below. It’s something my clever friend Bernadette wrote just for you. You can click the image for a printable pdf 🙂

 

A love note to entrepreneurs by Bernadette Jiwa

So … do you think you’re an entrepreneur?

 

 

COMMENTS

I personally don’t call myself an entrepreneur but am technically considered one with my small businesses.

I also think it’s a rather airy fairy empty stand in word for when you can’t call yourself anything else that many people use when they actually don’t do anything and need to give themselves a tag line. They do a lot but don’t actually do much.

I can call myself many things, jewellery designer, author, blogger, creator, collector, wardrobe consultant, and I prefer to use words and phrases that actually describe what I am and do and not something that doesn’t actually mean much.

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