Part-time entrepreneurs are more abundant than full-time entrepreneurs. Just think how many people work an hour or more per month on a new business idea. Now, let’s define part-time entrepreneur in a very simple manner: they have a day job that pays the bills. The day job might not even be full-time, but it’s still their primary means of making a living. So, today’s question is “How do part-time entrepreneurs fit in the startup community?”
Here are a few thoughts:
- I don’t know of any group that caters to the part-time entrepreneur audience other than general meetups where anyone can attend
- It’s extremely difficult to get a business off the ground working nights and weekends on it (I only know of one entrepreneur, out of hundreds I’ve met, that was able to do it)
- Peer groups, like Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO) and Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO), are amazing resources, and a simpler version of one of those would be beneficial for part-time entrepreneurs (peer groups are great regardless of profession or career)
- More open dialogue is needed about part-time entrepreneurs as the most common response is that you aren’t serious if you aren’t full-time
I don’t have the answers but I believe more dialogue is needed about how part-time entrepreneurs should be nurtured and incorporated into the startup community.
What else? What are your thoughts on how part-time entrepreneurs fit in the startup community?