In order to be happy and excel in your career, you must fit into one of these categories, entrepreneur or intrapreneur. Entrepreneur, as most of us know, is someone who starts and builds a business. This is quite the buzzword nowadays and is widely seen as a “sexy” title, even though in the early stages of entrepreneurship there isn’t anything sexy about almost running out of money and cleaning the bathrooms to save on costs. So what is intrapreneurship? This word is not a buzzword and is rarely ever talked about, but is just as important as the E word. An intrapreneur is someone who does not own a company but works inside of one and goes above and beyond, treating the business as theirs and thinking of innovative ways to grow and expand. One is not more important than the other but you must subscribe to one of them. One big pet peeve of mine is when I am reading a blog, at an event, or watching a speech and the speaker is telling their audience to quit their job and start something on their own. While I am all for starting a business and taking that jump, this is not a one size fits all situation. Intrapreneurship needs to be talked about more, especially to young people just entering the workforce.
To show you what the difference between an intrapreneur and a punch-in / punch-out worker looks like, I broke down how each one sees their responsibilities. For this example, this would be an employee at a fast casual restaurant.
Punch-in / Punch out worker
As you can see from this list, none of these are blatantly negative or malicious towards the company, it is just black and white, show up, do the minimum, and collect your check.
So what does an intrapreneur look like in the same company and position?
If you are currently working in a company that you do not own, how can you be more of an intrapreneur and on the flip side, if you are an owner of a company how can you foster an environment where intrapreneurs can thrive in your company?
Who is this guy?
Hi! I am Dan Canfield, a born marketer that thrives on pushing the boundaries in my industries. I am currently a business owner, consultant, and employee, so I have a diverse perspective in the business world. This site is an outlet for me to share what I have learned and give you a piece of my mind.