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Intrapreneurs vs. Entrepreneurs

Intrapreneurs reinvigorate corporate departments that have become stagnant and stale. Home office professionals -- with their technological know-how and enterprising workstyle -- are often hired as intrapreneurs when they return to the traditional workforce.

© 1997, by Lisa M. Roberts

While a move from big business employment to small business or self-employment was once considered risky to most and even foolish to some, today the decision is becoming a strategic move in one's career. The process of becoming an "entrepreneur" -- from market research to business start-up to networking and sales -- can equate to a graduate study and makes for a more educated and valuable employee.

Whether or not your business venture actually shows a profit, if the skills honed through the process are strong you can trade them in for an executive position with a fresh and updated professional profile.

When the time comes to re-enter the traditional work force, you'll discover that the entrepreneurial spirit fits well in the evolving job market. While certain companies look to maintain status quo, others hope to turn the tide. Home office professionals, with their technological know-how and enterprising workstyle, are prime tide turners.

Although the senior management of more and more companies hire consultants to fill such voids (enabling home businesses to boom!), there is still a considerable number who need this kind of input full-time, in-house. They call such employees intrapreneurs.

Intrapreneurs reinvigorate corporate departments that have become stagnant and stale. With the full support (in financial and human resources) of upper management, the projects led by intrapreneurs have a strong track record of success. In addition, intrapreneurs fill the corporate office with that entrepreneurial spirit by having the ability to:

  • recognize opportunity (through research, screening and analyzing).
  • draw up a business plan with marketing and financial professionals.
  • build a team to develop and implement the project.

The real challenge of an intrapreneur comes API (After Project Implementation). By satisfying top management there may be a healthy bonus for successful project completion, but what comes next? It's either on to a new project within the company... or on to a new company...or back to your own company!

© 1997 Lisa M. Roberts, all rights reserved. The above article is an excerpt from How to Raise A Family & A Career Under One Roof: A Parent's Guide to Home Business, a title highly recommended by La Leche League, Home Office Computing and the Family Christian Bookclub. Order your own copy today!

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