Entrepreneurship : What Do Entrepreneurs Do?

Entrepreneur a person who takes the risks necessary to organize, manages a business, and receives the financial profits and nonmonetary rewards. An entrepreneurial person employed by a corporation and encouraged to be innovative and creative.

The entrepreneur, according to French economist J.B. Say, is a person who shifts economic resources out of an area of lower and into an area of higher productivity and yield. But Say’s definition does not tell is who this entrepreneur is. Some define the entrepreneur simply as one who starts his or her own new and small business. The man who opens a small pizza restaurant is in business, but is he an entrepreneur? He took a risk and did something, but did he shift resources or start the business? If the answer is yes, then he is considered an entrepreneur.

Many of the sharp, black and white contrasts between the entrepreneur and the professional have faded to a gray color. Formerly, professionals such as doctors, lawyers, dentists, teachers, and accountants were not supposed to be entrepreneurial, aggressive, or market oriented. They were “above” the market driven world. Entrepreneurs, on the other hand, were the mavericks of society. They were risk takers who aggressively sought to make something happen.

Entrepreneurs exhibit many different behaviors; searching for a specific personality pattern is very difficult. Some entrepreneurs are quiet, introverted, and analytical. On the other hand, some are brash, extroverted, and very emotional. Some qualities many of them share. Viewing change as the norm, entrepreneurs usually search for it, respond to it, and treat it as an opportunity. An entrepreneur such as Ray Kroc of McDonald’s is able to take resources and shift them to meet a need. Making the decision to shift resources works better if a person is creative, experienced, and confident.

What Do Entrepreneurs Do?

 In a general sense, entrepreneurs create something new, something different. They search for change, respond to it, and exploit it. Initially, an entrepreneur is engaged in assessing the potential for the entrepreneurial venture and then dealing with startup issues. In exploring the entrepreneurial context, entrepreneurs gather information, identify potential opportunities, and pinpoint possible competitive advantage. Then, armed with this information, the entrepreneur researches the ventures feasibility- uncovering business ideas, looking at competitors, and exploring financing options.

After looking at the potential of the proposed venture and assessing the likelihood of pursuing it successfully, the entrepreneur proceeds to plan the venture. Planning includes such activities as developing a viable organizational mission, exploring organizational culture issues, and creating a well thought out business plan. Once these planning issues have been resolved, the entrepreneur must look at organizing the venture, which involves choosing a legal form of business organization, addressing other legal issues such as patent or copyright searches, and coming up with an appropriate organizational design for structuring how work is going to be done.

Only after these start-up activities have been completed is the entrepreneur ready to actually launch the venture. Such a launch involves setting goals and strategies, and establishing the technology operations methods, marketing plans, information systems, financial accounting systems, and cash flow management systems. An important activity is managing the various processes that are part of every business; making decisions, establishing action plans, analyzing external and internal environments, measuring and evaluating performance, and making needed changes.  

The Enterprise:

An enterprise need not be small or new to be entrepreneurial. An entrepreneur is a person with entrepreneurial characteristics who employed within a large corporation. Entrepreneurs are usually found in enterprises that encourage experimentation, tolerate failure, recognize success, and share the wealth. Entrepreneurship is not applicable only to profit making institutions. In health care, the traditional hospital which appeared in Vienna in the late 1700s has changed greatly.

The Growth Oriented Entrepreneur:   

Why do entrepreneurs continue to emerge when significant risks. Time and energy are needed to be successful?

Researchers studying the entrepreneurial personality have made some interesting discoveries. Researcher Donald Sexton compared founders of high growth firms with founders of companies that exhibited little or no growth. High growth company founders apper to share a distinct cluster of personal characteristics.

Need for achievement: Growth oriented entrepreneurs have a high need for achievement. They need to succeed, to achieve, and to accomplish challenging tasks.

Low need to Conform: Growth oriented entrepreneurs listen, but they are able to ignore others advice.

Persistence: Growth oriented entrepreneurs are persistent, doggedly doing what is best for the business to succeed.

High Energy Level: The capacity for sustained effort requires a high energy level.

Risk taking Tendency: People with a high need for achievement tend to take risks. Growth oriented entrepreneurs believe so strongly in their ability to achieve that they do not see much possibility of failure. Thus they accept risk and find it motivating.

Risk of Entrepreneurship:

In lunching a business, the entrepreneur usually faces substantial business risk. Well over 3 million new businesses are started each year. The failure rate among these new ventures is disturbingly high.

Besides considerable business risk, entrepreneurs face significant financial risk, since they typically invest, most if not all- of their financial resources in the business. They may take a career risk by leaving a secure job for a venture with a highly uncertain future. They also incur family and social risks because the demands of starting and running a young business leave little time for attention to family and friends.

Nowhere is there a report listing the specific reasons why thousands of business fails each year. However experts, business practitioners, and consultants point again and again to three reasons.

First, people fail because they jump into a business too quickly. They plunge into a new venture hastily, without doing their home work. They don’t analyze their own strengths and weakness. Who am I? What do I want? What are my goals?

Second, Businesses also fail because they run out of money. If you cannot meet your payroll, you are out of business. Realistic planning for the money needed is critically important. Estimates of cash requirements are a top priority before starting the venture.

Third, failing to plan is an obvious mistake. A detailed business plan forces the entrepreneur to think ahead, to reflect, to decide on how to proceed. This business plan should be in writing.

Function of an Entrepreneur:

Economist Marshal says that, “Entrepreneur is Captain of Industry”.  An entrepreneur which functions perform in entrepreneurship, that below mentioned:

  1. Innovation
  2. Establishment of Entrepreneurship
  3. Risk Bearing
  4. Organizing
  5. Co-ordination
  6. Searching for Economic Opportunities
  7. Economic Development
  8. Leadership
  9. Decision Making
  10.  Management of Entrepreneurship
  11.  Re-allocation of Resources and Creation of Resources
  12.  Motivation
  13.  Adaptation with the Changes
  14.  Increase in Productivity

Types of Entrepreneur:

The entrepreneur word came from “Entreprendre” word. Many writers stated about entrepreneur. Joseph Cantillon stated that, entrepreneur is primarily an innovator whose dynamic creative response makes him central to promotion to material growth.

J.B. Say stated that, an entrepreneur is one who combined the land of one, the labor of another and the capital to yet another, and thus produce a product. By selling the product in the market, we pays interest on capital, rent land wages to laborers and what requires in his/her profit.

Classification of Entrepreneur:

There has different kind of entrepreneur. That mentioned below…

  • Innovative Entrepreneur
  • Imitative Entrepreneur
  • Fabian Entrepreneur
  • Technically skilled Entrepreneur
  • Opportunistic Entrepreneur
  • Drone Entrepreneur
  • Social Entrepreneur
  • Part time Entrepreneur
  • Immigrant Entrepreneur
  • Women Entrepreneur

Innovative Entrepreneur:

Who do something completely new innovation. That’s means new product, new service, or new method. New source of materials, new market create, and new method innovating for making entrepreneurship. This kind of entrepreneur all time creates new something.

Imitative Entrepreneur:

Imitative entrepreneur is who follow to other innovative things of entrepreneur. Imitative entrepreneur always used to method of another entrepreneur. He/she is follower of innovative entrepreneur. Imitative entrepreneur always inspired by other entrepreneurs. They use technique some differently. But their targeted industry is same. In our society, imitative entrepreneur is more. They don’t take any action firstly, they observe another person. Then they start their activities. Imitative entrepreneur is competitor of innovative entrepreneurs.   

Fabian Entrepreneur:

This kind of entrepreneur doesn’t want to change quickly. They believe on slowly change. Fabian entrepreneur are very traditional. They believed themselves, so they don’t stop activities. They always try to success but slowly.  

Technically skilled Entrepreneur:

This kind of entrepreneur is very knowledgeable & skilled on technical side. There thinking is practical based & believed on applying. They are thinking about science related & high educated entrepreneur. Present time, in this world has more technically skilled entrepreneurs. Specially, information technology expert entrepreneur are working in this world. There easier to getting success in IT sector. Such as, Google, Facebook, twitter, linked In etc. This company’s owners are technically skilled entrepreneurs.

Opportunistic Entrepreneur:

Opportunistic entrepreneur are to be educated, sincere, and very experienced person.  They search social and economical opportunity. They are very opportunistic. Opportunistic entrepreneur are risk averse minded. They don’t take more risk. They search a chance for getting new opportunity. They are good performer in job.

Drone Entrepreneur:

This kind of entrepreneur depends on other person (labor). They are very traditional. Drone entrepreneur does struggling for self safety, doesn’t social development. Drone entrepreneur always business or loss/profit minded.   

Social Entrepreneur:

They are one kind of social worker. Social entrepreneur does social development changing. They are total activity for social development related work.

Part time Entrepreneur:

Part time entrepreneur season based entrepreneur. They do business a specific season for extra earning. In technology world, part time entrepreneur are increasing day by day. More people are trying to part time earnings from online by providing product or service and others.

Immigrant Entrepreneur:

Who, the person goes to other country from self country, and where he/she established a new business or industry, he/she are immigrant entrepreneur. They are high educated and high risk taker person.

Women Entrepreneur:

When, women innovate a new product, service or method, strategy and take risk for innovative change, the women are women entrepreneur. Present time, women are very innovative. They are trying to new things by information technology. Many women are doing online business from home.

We discussed above some types of entrepreneurs. You can try to be an entrepreneur in any type. Entrepreneur is very important role in a society.