The word ‘entrepreneur’ originated from the French word ‘enterprendre’ which means to undertake, the official definition being ‘the owner or manager of a business enterprise who, by risk and initiative, attempts to make profits’.
With the rise of more mothers starting their own business due to lack of opportunities, rising childcare costs and other financial factors, the word Mumpreneur has been used for the past few years and last year it made it to the Collins English dictionary with the official definition being:
- a woman who combines running a business enterprise with looking after her children
These definitions sound about right. You may also have heard of Lipstick Entrepreneur and Femprenuer? There are a few blog posts and articles about this and some female entrepreneurs take offence to the names and labels that women in business are given by saying that it’s belittling and offensive.
The main thing to remember is that it doesn’t matter what you are labelled. Anyone who has started their own business, worked hard, then worked even harder, put in consistent effort, remained enthusiastic in the face of adversity, lived through the dark days and come out the other side and finally reaped the rewards, is a truly amazing individual and that matters more than any name or label. So embrace the ‘whateverpreneur’ bandwagon and keep doing what you have been doing!
Take that label, peel it off and be a [enteryournamehere]preneur…!
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