When we talk about being an entrepreneur, seldom is it asked what kind of entrepreneur you are. They inquire what business you are in and the services you offer but nothing more. Perhaps you yourself are not aware what entrepreneurial classification you belong to.
As an entrepreneur, people have many different reasons why they ventured in this career path with really no clear cut definition what an entrepreneur really is. Peter Cohan’s recent article in Forbes magazine provides insight on Six Different Entrepreneurial Types. He mentions six types based on two categories:
- Pre-start-up work experience– Those who start companies right off graduation or before they’ve reached the top of the corporate ladder.
- Start-up purpose- Those who started their venture for different reasons
From the above categories he has come up with six different entrepreneurial types. He has concluded that these are the most common entrepreneurs that you might belong to or come across with.
- Post-corporate/ Market Opportunity – These are those people who have gathered experience being initially in the corporate world and has ventured to entrepreneurship.
- College/ Market Opportunity – A good example would be Mark Zuckerberg where the enterprise started in college and kept on going.
- Rescue/ Market Opportunity- These entrepreneurs used their knowledge from the corporate world to rescue small enterprises and sell to large companies.
- College/ Meaning – These are individuals who have left college and start their own business to make their working world more meaningful
- Post- corporate/ Meaning – They are the ones who needed more meaning in their working lives that they decided to leave the corporate world and start their own business venture
- Rescue/ Meaning –Here experienced executives find meaning in helping new business grow simply because they have the same belief in the business mission.
The complete article, Which of These Six Entrepreneurial Types Are You? gives a short description of these types that is quite informative. It’s interesting to find out if you fit in any of these categories or if you belong to a whole new different one. Knowing what type you belong to can help you share your experiences with other people and perhaps even motivate them into become entrepreneurs themselves.