When I was running the co-working club I founded before lockdown hit, I used the word ‘Entrepreneur’ to describe what I was doing since it was a business bigger than just me and I was hiring other people to help me manage it.
I had to close that down a few months after lockdown and focused instead on my work as a marketing consultant and then after completing my coaching training, moved into Mentoring those wanting to set up and grow their businesses. At that point- summer last year, I started identifying more with the word ‘solopreneur’ as people were working with me 1:1 and I wasn’t hiring anyone.
Using Solopreneur seemed natural. There are hundreds of people who use it – in fact, there are over 2.36m hits when you google ‘solopreneur’
So despite its popularity, why am I thinking not to use it anymore?
I can imagine you yelling right now saying “But! I’m an entrepreneur and I run my business alone. So it is a good word to use! I’m totally a solopreneur! Everyone is doing it!”
But are you, REALLY? Are you ACTUALLY a solopreneur?
Solopreneur is a bastardized version of entrepreneur. Entrepreneur is a word we borrowed from my favourite country across the pond, France. The word is actually a mashup two words.
Enterprise, meaning ‘business’
Entreprendre, a French verb meaning ‘to undertake’.
And so from that we get ENTREPRENEUR, meaning to ‘undertake the building of an enterprise’. (Dictionaries like to throw into their definitions that ‘risk is typically involved’ not sure why that is included…)
So let’s go back to the word in question, solopreneur. What you’re really saying then is that you are in a ‘solo undertaking’.
Ok. So you own a business. (whether it’s a Limited company, Sole Trader or something else) You might be your own boss. You might even be the Only Executive Officer of your business, but you are not alone.
Most likely, you’re an entrepreneur. Own it. Love it. Embrace the fact that you, yes just you in and of yourself, can be an entrepreneur. A little quiz….
1. Do you own a business?
Please circle YES or NO
Scoring: If yes, you’re an entrepreneur. If no, then you’re not.
So right now solopreneur is all the rage, but how long for? The best once-upon-a-time solopreneurs are now big deal entrepreneurs who own their own companies, manage their own teams, and make a great deal of cash for their (and their teams’) time. (Think: Marie Forleo, Leonie Dawson, Nathalie Lussier, Natalie MacNeil, and many many more)
So what do you think? Should we (we being solo entrepreneurs) get rid of the word and own our entrepreneur-dom? Does the origin of it matter since the word now carries meaning in and of itself?
Share your thoughts in the comments.
I’m a multi-passionate Pisces (Sun and Moon) and Scorpio rising. I coach and mentor people to feel calm and empowered with the way they run their businesses and life. I am all about bringing in feminine intuition, creativity and collaboration. Check out my free downloads page for resources to help you work in a more aligned way.