The word Entrepreneur has been associated in many fields and is described and defined in a variety of people, in many ways. The word itself was of French origin which evolved into meanings that pertain to people who take the risks, founders of businesses and or someone who is accountable in case of failure or success in a business venture. It is a person who founded a new enterprise, it is also understood that entrepreneurs take the largest part when it comes to risks inherent to businesses. After all, they are normally the owners of the company or the business unit. The common perception with entrepreneurs is that they are the establishers of new entities that aim to offer innovative or existing services or products in the market. The talk of profit or non-profit issues also vary, depending on the type of business management being referred to.
But you and I both know entrepreneurs right? Think about it, we really do. If you consider the man on the corner that sells snow cones, candy and treats out of his garage….well believe it or not, he’s an entrepreneur. Entrepreneurs are the people with widely different backgrounds. Some build brands or work tirelessly on a product that they believe in. Really, anyone can be an entrepreneur, given an idea and a functional business model. The truth is an Entrepreneur is someone that sees a need and takes on the financial risk to start a business to fill that need.
There is no cookie cutter definition of what an entrepreneur is. Take Beatrice Dixon for instance the Founder of “The Honey Pot Company” a plant-based feminine hygiene line created with a goal to provide women with a healthy alternative to feminine care that is free of chemicals, parabens, carcinogens and sulfates that typically are consistent ingredients in most common feminine products on the market. Her backstory is a bit unconventional. She didn’t major in business in college nor was she traditionally a part of corporate America before launching The Honey Pot. She worked in the pharmacy world as well as retail before launching her brand. She actually began The Honey Pot Company in her kitchen. As for what caused her to create The Honey Pot Company, it was necessity. She truly wasn’t looking for a business to launch — She was searching for a solution to her vaginal and feminine health issues.
Another Entrepreneur you may not be familiar with is Instagram sensation with over 261,000 followers “Brother Ben X” – Brother Ben X
Instagram: @Brotherbenx Brother Ben, is a successful serial entrepreneur that focuses on digital real estate. After hearing the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan teach on “debt is slavery”, Brother Ben dropped out of college to start his own business. After partnering with his brother Jake Tayler Jacobs, they created digital real estate under their financial institute assets before splurging. Brother Ben teaches people how to build, grow and scale their business online using his digital real estate resources. Their company now makes over $200k a month and has been able to help thousands with his program and the information he provides his listeners on his Podcast. Brother Ben plans to show over 10,000 people in 2020 how to make money online and change their lives to become financially free. Brother Ben is an inspiring Entrepreneur to say the least.
The Gig Economy or Gigging.
Although Entrepreneurs, of course are among the main components of the capitalistic world, there has been a shift in the global job economy that has opened the door for entrepreneurship to become more main stream.
Contract work called gigging is becoming more common and taking up more of the labor market. Instead of being paid by the hour or by the year businesses are temporarily hiring people for specific projects. This shift has made it financially easier for entrepreneurs to get their business going without committing long term to paying employees but also has allowed early stage entrepreneurs to support themselves as they develop their products or services.
In the Gig economy you can go anywhere to look for the employment that provides you with the flexibility that you so desire but also allows you to focus more on that passion that you so want to create and sell.
Today’s entrepreneurs are well suited for the Gig economy because we know how to hustle and are fierce hustlers that know how to create our own diverse income streams while marketing ourselves as well as connecting with others. That’s not to say there aren’t issues with working the GIG lifestyle. Having separate jobs makes it easier in the event that you lose one job and can easily transition to another. For some people scrambling to pay rent and buy food can be a real struggle and not an option when one is an entrepreneur. The truth is Entrepreneurship is NOT easy. Do NOT allow anyone to make you believe that it is. Many of us take the leap of faith to begin new businesses and stick with them through the ups and the downs regardless of the notion that the ship is sinking and that the lifeboats don’t appear to be functional.
As a tried and true Entrepreneur until the death of me what keeps me going is that I can fearlessly Create anything that I want to and honestly….it’s mine. I love the feeling of releasing that beautiful new thing into the stratosphere of social media, opinions be damned…cuz that’s my baby and it makes me proud to have been the creator and not the employee. Just remember that anyone can be an entrepreneur with a great idea, consistency and thick skin.
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