The first time I heard the term “solopreneur,” I instantly knew the meaning, because it captured the essence of what I’d been doing many years.
In 2010, solopreneur was just emerging in the language, and it was the perfect word to use in the name for this website. Since then, the use of solopreneur has taken off. For example, “solopreneur” or “solopreneurs” used to appear in tweets less than five times per day. Now it’s more than 50 times per day.
Nobody seems to know the origin of the term, but below are three solopreneur definitions that I like.
From MBO Partners: “People who work at least 15 hours a week outside of traditional jobs — as opposed to “side-giggers” who do regular independent work but for less than 15 hours per week.”
From cartoonist Jen Sorensen: A solopreneur is a “captain of an extremely tiny dinghy.”
From Urban Dictionary: “An entrepreneur who works alone, ‘solo,’ running their business single-handedly. They might have contractors for hire, yet have full responsibility for the running of their business.”