What is Social Entrepreneurship?
Social entrepreneurship refers to the practice of combining innovation, resourcefulness and opportunities to address critical social and environmental issues. Any definition of social entrepreneurship should reflect the need for a substitute for the market discipline that works for business entrepreneurs.
Who is a Social Entrepreneur?
Social entrepreneurs are change agents who are dedicated to provide innovative solutions to the society’s most pressed problems. A social entrepreneur recognizes a social issue and takes up the challenge using entrepreneurial principles to organize, create and manage a venture to bring about social changes. They are ambitious and persistent to solve societal problems rather than leaving them on to the government or business sectors.
The ideas presented by a social entrepreneur are understandable, user-friendly, ethical and engage widespread support in order to bring together the maximum number of local people who will stand up for it and implement it.
How can you become a successful social entrepreneur?
Success is not something that is achieved overnight- it takes some serious hard-work. Many entrepreneurs are now thinking differently and they want to be the change in the society to bring about positive results. With more than ever people looking for pursuing meaningful careers, social entrepreneurship is slowly but surely gaining popularity. We dream of the perfect world and the ideal circumstances, but how many of us would actually work to build it? If you see a problem and you know of a better solution than what is currently available, don’t resist the urge to building a better tomorrow. Here are a few tips on starting your entrepreneurial journey to serve the society:
Identify a society problem
The current generation faces many social, economic and environmental problems which need to be addressed. Find on how you can turn these problems into an opportunity. Choose a problem that interests you or a one that you have knowledge about to make the most of the opportunity.
Partner with a big business
To make it big, you will need to build a solid network with investors and other entrepreneurs. By making the right connections you can find the right business partners who can help you with your venture.
Stay motivated and work with passion
Do everything it takes to stay on track and avoid losing focus. As a social entrepreneur, you are here to make a difference- the journey might be a little hard but be proud of yourself for doing something that matters.
Never say “Never”
Solving problems in a sustainable way takes a lot of time, so do not expect immediate results. If you don’t believe in yourself and the work you do, you will never be able to convince your employees the same. Say that you can do it, and get it right!
Learn from the failures of other entrepreneurs
Study the previous experiences of fellow entrepreneurs and take lessons from what did not work for them. This will help you to build your self-confidence to make the right decisions for your company for its continual advancement.