What kind of entrepreneur are you?
Entrepreneurial life is multifaceted, since no two companies are alike, and the same is true for every entrepreneur. Consequently, a specific type of success does not exist. Moreover, research shows that entrepreneurship can be learned and entrepreneurs are not born as such. Rather, the entrepreneur gene is in everyone. However, your own preferences show in which direction your entrepreneurial life is heading, i.e. what type of entrepreneur you are.
This can be recognized by your private and professional activities. In the course of your life, you have – consciously or unconsciously – taken on different entrepreneurial roles. For example, in your youth as a teeniepreneur or studentpreneur, by experimenting playfully with your hobbies. For instance, as a drummer in your band or as an environmental activist in the student group you founded. Maybe you have been a parttimepreneur, by recognizing an interesting customer problem in your professional life and trying to solve it in your spare time. Maybe you even considered commercializing this solution later.
After all, who is not attracted by the opportunity to devote all your senses and energy to an interesting problem? A previously unsolved important problem, based on experience, is the starting point for your own entrepreneurial future. As experience counts both your professional and private knowledge. The question now is how to find a great problem that you can couple with your experience.
Ask yourself: “Which problem keeps you awake at night and lets you experience the familiar flow, where you are looking for solutions for hours without paying attention to the time, experimenting with thoughts, pen, and paper until you get closer to the solution of the problem? Your entrepreneurial type will help you find a direction. Here are the different types:
Parttimepreneur: As a young academic in his first employment with a consulting firm, one may begin as a part-time preneur to solve an interesting customer problem in his spare time, already playing more or less consciously with the idea of turning this hobby into a profession later on.
Lifestylepreneur: The Lifestylepreneur is offered a career alternative that doesn’t have to break new ground, but that satisfies his own passion, perhaps for something as unusual as protein-rich insect fast food in Europe.
Papapreneur: The Papapreneur, who as a young father, in his new, unusual and in part still uncomfortable role, searches for like-minded people who want to revolutionize the education market with him, at least to some extent under the protection of his world of experience and knowledge.
Geek- & Techiepreneur: The Geek- and Techiepreneur is tinkering with the algorithm that is supposed to change our daily consumer behaviour on the Internet. Be it the search help for unconscious customer wishes or the Internet of Things, which networks our devices.
Serialpreneur: The Serialpreneur executes one business idea after the other and often makes it big with his idea child two or three, since these later-born babies profit from the wealth of experience of the first-born start-up.
Necessitypreneur: The Necessitypreneur is based on necessity for lack of alternative or on the inner compulsion to get out. With or without his own starting capital from his former activity, he follows the urge to pursue something he is good at and something he likes to do.
Friendchisepreneur: The Friendchisepreneur is looking for a companion who will work with him on a shared passion, the solution to an exciting customer problem.
Intrapreneur: The intrapreneur searches within the protected walls of his company for a new problem solution.
Studentpreneur / Teeniepreneur: The Teeniepreneur or Studentpreneur experiments playfully with his hobbies in his youth, be it as a drummer in the school band or as a charitable environmental activist in the specially founded student group for aid deliveries to crisis areas.
Social- & Greenpreneur: The social or greenpreneur may be busy solving a water problem in a developing country she or he has just visited.
Hipsterpreneur: With a stolen idea from the USA, the Copycat, disguised as a hipster preneur, tries to jump on the bandwagon of pop culture in modern entrepreneurship.
Superpreneur: The superpreneurs are not trying to predict the future, but to influence the future in the identified section of reality, in which the recognized problem has to be solved in a new way.