Today I talk about my issues with the title “entrepreneur.” I don’t call myself an entrepreneur, even though I started a business. Watch the video to see why.
Am I? Are you? Hey welcome back for another episode of The Bootstrap Boutique where beginners build businesses and I am glad you are here because today, I have a confession to make. That confession is that I feel funny about the e word. The e word? What is that?
I do not call myself and likely will never call myself an entrepreneur and that is for me not a word that I identify with. Let’s start at the beginning. The first time I ever heard the word entrepreneur I was at college, and the university I attended was extremely focused in science and technology. So all the entrepreneurs were doing these big tech start ups, they were doing medical engineering and coming out with medical devices that were going to save lives.
Selling on Amazon? Not going to save lives. So in my mind, entrepreneurship and high tech stuff go hand in hand. I know now that entrepreneurship runs a gambit and there’s everything from yes, those high tech start ups to creative entrepreneurs that are selling their art online.
But that early exposure to the word entrepreneurship and what it meant in that context has always really stuck with me and its made it really hard for me to consider myself an entrepreneur even though I have technically started a business.
Because I’ve been interested in starting a business for so long, years ago I used to actually subscribe to Inc. and Fast Company magazines and read those like that was the kind of business I was going to start. Inc. and Fast Company, they really tell those stories of the people that risk everything and put it all on the line to fund and start their dream. And that is just not what The Bootstrap Boutique is about.
The Bootstrap Boutique is about side hustles and side streams of income. Maybe that becomes a full time job one day but for me right now that’s not the goal. So for me, that is still what I consider an entrepreneur. I have a hard time in my head equating a side hustle to an entrepreneur. To me there is a big do not equals sign in the middle.
Right or Wrong?
I’m not saying its right, I’m not saying its wrong. Its just how my brain is wired and I think that early exposure to the word entrepreneur has a lot to do with it. Now a lot of you guys probably don’t agree with that concept and that’s totally fine. I’m not saying I’m right or wrong, it’s just how I think about it. I mean, if you go and you read Twitter bios, everybody is an entrepreneur.
But for me, if you said, “Megan are you an entrepreneur?” I would say “no.” Because I will probably always feel funny about the e word.
Thanks so much for being here again this week guys I would love to know what you think about this topic, are you an entrepreneur? Are you not an entrepreneur? Tell me what you call yourself down in the comments below I can’t wait to see what everybody thinks. You’re probably going to tell me about how wrong I am and how I need to get over it. That’s fine too, tell me that, feel free. Don’t forget to subscribe to this channel so you never miss a video we post new ones on Mondays and Wednesdays and I will talk to you next time.