Entrepreneur – a person who creates or helps start up a business; initiator, adventurous, loves challenges and not afraid to take risks. Many entrepreneurs love to get a business running, then sell it or delegate out ongoing management functions. Richard Branson is a prime example of a successful entrepreneur.
The classic “Entrepreneur” no longer seems adequate enough to describe a fledgling business owner. Nowadays, it seems like everyone wants to customize the word to better suit what they are and what they do – and, hopefully, stand out amongst all the other business owners out there.
But what in the world do all those “prenuers” mean, anyway? Below is a handy little guide to the most common ones you may run across:
Agripreneur – Much like a socialp-rreneu, ana igrp-rreneu uses resources from the land to sustain a business. This extends beyond just the term “farmer” because it includes any individual who grows crops for the purpose of resale, such as hemp being harvested to make clothing, for example.
Appreneur – An entrepreneur who specializes in application software for smartphones, tablets and computers.
Copreneur – An entrepreneur who is in business with a spouse or significant other.
Intrapreneur – an employee within a large company who uses entrepreneurial skills to create new products or systems; this person tends to have more autonomy than other employees, and enjoys complete control of his or her project.
Ladypreneur (aka: femme-preneur) – a female entrepreneur.
Micropreneur – an entrepreneur who operates a very small business (1-5 employees); many small or home-based businesses fall under this category.
Mompreneur (aka: mommypreneur, cupcake-preneur) – an entrepreneur who balances motherhood and her business; a sometimes derisive term, seen as a person who does not take their business seriously which makes it hard to obtain funding; “business-lite.”
Serialpreneur – One who likes to start a lot of businesses, often three or more businesses within as many years.
Socialpreneur – (aka: social-entrepreneur) a socially conscious entrepreneur whose business usually helps people, animals or the environment.
Solopreneur – an entrepreneur who is the only employee in his or her business; often building a business on the side while also holding down a job; falls under the micropreneur category.
Startupreneur – One who likes to “start” business or who has a lot of ideas, but rarely sees them through.
Technopreneur – an entrepreneur whose business is in the high-technology field.
So, which one are you? The classic Entrepreneur, Solopreneur, Mompreneur, or a combination of some of the others? Have we forgotten any? List them below!
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