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What Kind of Entrepreneur Do You Want to Be?

~by Yanran Carpenter~

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When people say they want to be an entrepreneur, I often ask, “what kind of entrepreneur do you want to be?” They end up looking very confused. Here is what I mean.

There are many types of entrepreneurs, but you can usually put them into two big categories.

what kind of entrepreneurThe first is the “follower” type.

You see small shop owners selling baseball hats and T-shirts outside the stadium on baseball games, and a few days later they are selling light sticks and posters at a concert. Those shop owners are the follower type entrepreneurs. There is nothing wrong with that. They make quick bucks when they see the opportunity, and they are kind of good at that. The downside of this entrepreneur type is that they have to always chase opportunities, and if they take a break or a vacation, they will miss the chance to make any money. It is not good for long turn entrepreneurship.

The second is the “creator” type.

Instead of going in every direction, this type of entrepreneurs has only one direction. They will spend years to build this one thing and try to be the best in the industry. The advantage of being this type of entrepreneur is once your brand takes off, your revenue will grow even when you are taking a vacation because you have done the hard work at the beginning. The disadvantage of this type of entrepreneur is that not many people have the time and the money to keep working on this one idea for a long period of time without seeing a return on their investment. Many entrepreneurs didn’t prepare the mindset for this, so they give up before they can see results.

So what kind entrepreneur do you want to be?

The good news is, you don’t have to choose one. You can be a hybrid entrepreneur. At the beginning stage, you may not have the necessary money to invest in your big idea. It is okay to have a side hustle to make some quick bucks. However, remember this is not your long-term goal. You need to build an empire that will generate long-term wealth automatically. I know this is not an easy thing to do; especially because everyone wants to see results tomorrow. But trust me, when people come to you because they think you are the best at what you do and are willing to pay ten times more for your service or products, it is worth the time and effort you put in all those years!


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Meet the Author: Yanran Carpenter

Yanran CarpenterYanran is a career expert and the founder of the Dream Career Academy, which helps millennials discover their dream career and make that into a reality. In addition to her coaching programs, Yanran has a podcast called Yanran Career Lab, which helps people overcome self-doubts and rejections from family or friends by sharing stories from everyday people just like you.


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  1. Tiffany

    What a fabulous reminder! Thank you so much for this! Yes…years of what I consider painful work will pay off eventually. I would like the empire…it just takes awhile to build.

    1. Susan McGuire

      Thank you for taking the time to comment Tiffany. We’re glad you found Yanran’s article helpful.

  2. Yanran Carpenter

    Thanks for the support. I see a lot of entrepreneurs hustling everyday and it is hard to be patient without a plan

  3. Linda Brogan

    Wow Yanran. Love this. Yeah, there are two types. Thank you for the reminder. I have been the second for 15 years now. It is just beginning to turn the tide. There have been times when I have thought I was mad. But my brand, my bespoke nature, my digging to find the real gold would not leave my mind. It is glorious to read actually I was doing something right. I am not just mad.

  4. Yanran Carpenter

    Thank you Linda for always supporting my post. You are so right, the real gold is there waiting for us. Never give up!

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