Solopreneur types are usually differentiated by why people choose solopreneurship. What challenges in life do they hope to overcome, and what experience, expertise, or passion do they want to express through low-cost high-profit single-person businesses? Solopreneurs fall into different categories based on their age, gender, areas of interest, or personal strengths. Either way, for those who want to become solopreneurs we have plenty of role models of every type of solopreneur. Look for the ones that inspire you to follow their lead. Why reinvent the wheel where we have such exceptionally successful solopreneurs of all kinds to emulate?
- VIDEO: Brandon Dawson has his own interesting categorization of “The 4 Types of Preneurs” (Must watch: 5:53 minutes)
- An interesting take on the rise of the “preneurs” online
- How the many types of solopreneurs are divided
Some of the most popular solopreneur types:
- Mompreneurs: How To Make Life And Business Rewarding
- Infopreneurs: How To Productize And Sell Knowledge Online
- Gigpreneurs: How Freelancers Can Boost Their Businesses
- Sidepreneurs: How To Start A Side Hustle With A 9-5 Job
VIDEO: Brandon Dawson has his own interesting categorization of “The 4 Types of Preneurs” (Must watch: 5:53 minutes)
Before you look at the many types within “solopreneurs” it helps to step back a bit to see what broader canvas “solopreneurs” fit into among the many types of “preneurs”. Brandon Dawson makes it all simple to understand – and interesting too!
An interesting take on the rise of the “preneurs” online
Kevin Kruse in his article in Forbes.com decribes a scene from the movie, “The Social Network”:
“The full scene begins when Napster co-founder Sean Parker (played by Justin Timberlake) wakes up in Stanford co-ed Amy Ritterâs dorm room. They banter to get to know each other.
SEAN: I am an entrepreneur.
AMY: You are unemployed.
SEAN: I wouldn’t say that.
AMY: What would you say?
SEAN: That I’m an entrepreneur.
AMY: What was your latest preneur?
Indeed, describing yourself as an âentrepreneurâ sounds pretentious. I should know, I use the term âserial entrepreneurâ in my written bioâs. I do it because itâs accurateâIâve started and sold more than one businessâand itâs the most efficient way to get the point across. But I cringe every time I read it, and if I said it out loud Iâd feel like a complete ass. Actually, If I said it out loud Iâd be a complete ass.”
I think Kevin Kruse has nailed a point that’s important to note. There may be many people around these days calling themselves all kinds of “preneurs”. Are all these people genuinely different kinds of entrepreneurs or solopreneurs? Or is there a different reason why calling yourself a certain kind of “preneur” feels safe?
The rate at which new “preneurs” are born every day, only to fail and start another kind of “preneur” the next day, is astounding. Most online businesspeople never give up on the dream of a 7-figure online business, despite a string of spectacular failures. Could this be one reason why they all (like Kevin Kruse) are averse to sounding pompous by calling themselves “entrepreneurs”? Maybe they feel they haven’t earned that label yet. But they can be “thispreneurs” or “thatpreneurs” till they do make that big win online, can’t they?
How the many types of solopreneurs are divided
While we can all wonder why so many people suddenly refer to themselves as “preneurs” of different kinds, I tried to go through Google one day to locate all the categories of “preneurs” we have now. I found to my surprise, that there were at least 120 different types of “preneurs”.
These different types of “solopreneurs” (yes, they are all some form of solopreneurs) can be separated by age or gender as the first type. Thus we have mompreneurs, studentpreneurs, dadpreneurs, kidpreneurs, retiredpreneurs, millennialpreneurs, and so on.
Another form of categorization can be done by what motivates these people to become solopreneurs. The motivating factor often supplies the prefix for their “preneurship” â for example, causepreneurs, activistpreneurs, ecopreneurs, healthpreneurs, fitnesspreneurs, and the like.
A third category of “preneurs” can be distinguished by what they are good at. For instance, teacherpreneurs, authorpreneurs, doctorpreneurs, lawyerpreneurs, techpreneurs, hobbypreneurs, dancepreneurs â¦ people separate themselves by their areas of expertise.
A fourth and prevalent form of “preneur” is the one who has put a tentative foot into “preneurship” waiting to see if it becomes productive enough to become a full-time occupation. Thus we have sidepreneurs (who do side business) or gigpreneurs who do freelance work while holding 9-5 jobs. We also have multipreneurs who may try two or three types of businesses at once to see which one picks up.
Finally, we have the “wantrepreneurs” â those who want to become “preneurs” of some kind but are still thinking about it but not quite ready (ever) to leap. These wantrepreneurs are the target audience for many of the other “preneurs” because they buy every ebook and online course they come across, so long as they don’t have to start their businesses yet.
SOME OF THE MOST POPULAR SOLOPRENEUR TYPES
What is a âmompreneurâ? Mothers with young kids, who cannot go out to work, may have a yen for a home-based business. They can become âmompreneursâ (moms who are entrepreneurs).
They need to maneuver through their challenges and increase their resourcefulness to succeed.
The 2019 State of Women-Owned Business Report says this. Of all women-owned businesses, about 1 in 3 has a mom as an owner. Thatâs amazing â because it adds up to more than 4 million mompreneurs. [Read More]
What is an âinfopreneurâ? If you have some specialized knowledge that others may want, gained either from your own experience or passion, you can create digital âinfo productsâ out of it to sell.
You can make ebooks, courses, membership sites, or even offer consulting services. You can become an infopreneur even if itâs not your own knowledge you sell.
You can collate valuable information on any topic of great demand and productize it. Itâs all now called âKnowledge Commerce,â and itâs already a $243 billion industry. [Read More]
What is a âgigpreneurâ? In simple English, a âgigâ is a freelance job. A gigpreneur is a freelancer who makes money doing contracted jobs for other people or businesses.
According to Forbes magazine, the gig economy is expanding three times faster than the US workforce as a whole. Several reasons contribute to this growth.
Gig workers seem to prefer freelancing over full-time employment due to the flexibility and independence, and ease of finding business from across the globe. [Read More]
What is a âsidepreneurâ? Itâs a descriptive word for a person who starts a side business while still working in a 9-5 job (also known as a side-hustler).
Many people want to start a business but are not quite ready to take the leap into a full-time business and lose the comfort of a salaried job. Some sidepreneurs go on to full-time solopreneurship, but some stay as sidepreneurs forever.
Strange as it might seem, some side-hustlers earn millions on the side and still donât give up their jobs. They love having one foot in 9-5 work and one foot in entrepreneurship. You cannot do this kind of second shift of work if you are not brimming with energy. [Read More]
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