Most people tend to think of entrepreneurs as a rare breed of risk-riding business mavericks; but the truth is far more mundane. The typical entrepreneur is an ordinary person just like you who sees a need in his or her community and is willing to work hard to fill that need. Some entrepreneurs are like comets that streak across the social landscape, vaporizing old ideas and leaving an energy-crackling new world order in their wake. But for every Steve Jobs or Mark Zuckerberg, there are thousands of small-scale entrepreneurs; regular folks with small dreams working to create a better life for themselves and their communities.
Our tendency to think of entrepreneurship in terms of BIG IDEAS, BIG MONEY and BIG RISK blinds most people to the truth — and the self-employment opportunities entrepreneurship offers. Anyone can be an entrepreneur. If you operate your own business, are self-employed or sell your services as a contract worker or freelancer; you are an entrepreneur.
Webster’s Dictionary defines an entrepreneur as: “One who launches or manages a business venture, often assuming risks.”
This, of course, means that the small business owners in your community are entrepreneurs, including the folks that own the local dry cleaners, convenience store, cafe, book store, lawn service, coffee shop, gas station, florist, and computer repair shop. If he works for himself, your insurance agent, hair stylist, lawyer, doctor, plumber or electrician is an entrepreneur. But so is the guy who delivers your newspaper, the woman who sells jam at the farmer’s market, your babysitter, your dog walker, your child’s piano teacher, and the kid down the street who mows your lawn. Anyone can be an entrepreneur, but by defining Entrepreneur with a “BIG E” has blinded us to the income opportunities “little e” entrepreneurship offers.