Skip to main content
Buy TET Life art on Skateboards and more. etourist Skateboards Store.

The Armchair Entrepreneur - The Worst Kind of Entrepreneur... Apparently?

Armchair Entrepreneurs.
Almost universally disliked.
Entrepreneurs, just like Artists, seemingly have a 'snobby' section who like to draw the line of what actually constitutes an 'entrepreneur' much closer to them than near any of the riff raff, wannabes who dare suggest they might be one too.

I came to the term 'Armchair Entrepreneur' independent of the knowledge that they were a real thing and, based on my research (because I couldn't believe the idea hadn't already been thought of), discovered Armchair Entrepreneurs are almost universally disliked as people who claim to know everything about business without having actually put any of that knowledge into practice.

Just like your typical armchair sports person who yells at the TV during the weekend games.

As I got deeper into my research I discovered the people who dislike Armchair Entrepreneurs with a passion would often go on to describe what being an Entrepreneur actually entailed, listing off a lifestyle that sounded quite honestly like a living hell.

This quote comes from Fogbeam Labs blog from 2013, and is really more of a rant by its author Phillip Rhodes against armchair entrepreneurs:
  • "...what I know is that this armchair quarterback with his fancy title, working for some foundation somewhere, knows bloody f..king bugger-all about my motivation, or lack thereof. You want to talk to me about motivation, dude? Quit your job at the Kauffman Foundation and come work with us. We offer no pay, no benefits (not even free coffee), long hours, sleepless nights, stress beyond belief, non-stop fear of failure, and an equity stake that could make you really wealthy if we succeed. Would you be motivated to take that swap, in order to gain the satisfaction of doing your own thing, the freedom of not having a "boss" and the sense of accomplishment that goes into building something? No? Well, guess what... we are. So unless you want to take me up on my offer, don't f..king talk to me about motivation."
I'm not suggesting Phillip's experience of what being an entrepreneur is isn't valid but I feel at that point in his career maybe a step back to review his idea of 'freedom of not having a boss' wouldn't have been a bad idea. I think I'd rather have a boss than work with Phil.
Fast forward to 2019 and Phil's stopped venting in his company blog, the last post being about a year later, and Fogbeam appears to be ticking along still, while Phillip appears to have a concurrent job working at Lenovo (according to the Fogbeam trail on LinkedIn. Sorry Phil, if you happen to ever read this. I was just interested to see where you ended up... really wealthy I hope?).

Anyway, my own thoughts on being an armchair entrepreneur.

In today's world you can quite literally build a business online directly from your armchair... or anywhere, you like so long as you have a mobile phone or tablet and an internet connection.

Recently I decided to replace my mindless social media browsing in front of the television in the evening (because most of us are dividing our time between two or more screens) with something a little more constructive, like building back up my CafePress Store.

I figure it's a better use of my time that could lead to a nice little side hustle rather than never really building much, other than friendships (as much as you can with people you'll most likely never see face to face).

It gives me a reason to take up drawing in front of the TV again because these sketches now have a purpose, just like when I was painting. So many of my paintings began life as a rough sketch, drawn while watching TV. Now my drawings can end up on T-Shirts and more.

Anyway, that's how I came to the term of Armchair Entrepreneur. To me it sounds like a lifestyle to aspire to. I really didn't start calling myself an Entrepreneur to be like Phil's idea of what that is (and just in case Phil does read this and thinks I'm calling myself that because I have a CafePress store... that's not my only business Phil. I'm working, and have worked on, many money making ventures. I'm just not trying to get really wealthy).

Unfortunately I don't think I'll be branding myself as an Armchair Entrepreneur anytime soon given the history of the term.

Oh well.

In the meantime... visit my TET.Life CafePress Store. I think it's coming along nicely with some fresh, new designs and a very mobile friendly shop front.

Comments


Buy Gifts and Apparel featuring art by TET

Popular posts from this blog

Guest Post: MY SOOPER DOOPER NEW CONSERVATORY/ART STUDIO!

Today's guest post is by Artist, Writer, and Mental Health Advocate, Jo B Creative who writes for her blog, Creating My Oddessey.

You should see our (almost) brand new conservatory, half of which is my art studio. 'Lucky me!' I think to myself. Not every creative bod can boast that. It's HUGE! Like a giant greenhouse.

We first moved to our pleasant cul-de-sac house - great for raising kids - when our son, who's on the cusp of thirty-one, was four. One of the main reasons that we wanted it was that, apart from its location on the fringes of a historic market town in rural Hampshire, UK, it had a sizable conservatory looking onto the back garden. It was brown wood framed and had a corrugated transparent roof sloping down from downstairs ceiling height. On the face of it, it doesn't sound that glamourous, but we loved the idea of a conservatory. Luxury! I even liked the red brick walls which it was built against - the original exterior of the house - and the light …

Boom Crash Opera Born Classic But Not Again

Boom Crash Opera are an Australian Band that reached the peak of their popularity in the mid to late nineteen eighties. They are a band that I knew about at that time but was never really excited by until they released their ill fated double album Born and Born Again in 1995 (Album cover pictured).

At the time of its release I was very much into emerging Australian musical acts and was also looking out for new sounds that were different and had kind of a futuristic/electronic sound. Artists that I was buying at the time included; Swoop, Nine Inch Nails and Pop Will Eat Its Self. As well as a really interesting release by David Bowie, the concept album, Outside.

Born was a fairly radical departure for Boom Crash Opera (BCO). The first single, Gimme, was often compared to the sounds of Gary Glitter, particularly his single, Rock n Roll part 2, because of the pounding drum loops. Watch the video below.



My favorite single from the album is dissemble which probably went nowhere on the char…

Batman v Superman: Dawn of the Onesie #Sadbatman

Although we haven't seen it clearly for sure, film director Kevin Smith (who has seen a well lit, color photo of the suit), says Ben Affleck's Bat costume is pretty much identical to the Frank Miller, Dark Knight Returns suit. If that's true then Ben's world weary Batman will be going 'old school' and be wearing his underpants on the outside (as he should).

Upgrading the World's Smallest Skateboarding Manual Pad - Driveway Skateboard Obstacles

Having successfully manualed on the world's smallest skateboarding manual pad numerous times I felt it was time for an upgrade.If this is your first time here, the world's smallest manual pad is basically a small sheet of half inch thick marine ply board roughly one and a half feet by three feet laid flat. It may not actually be the world's smallest manual pad in terms of the height but it's definitely a beginner level skate obstacle.To upgrade it I had some lengths of two by four pinewood beams, that could give my manual pad some perfectly respectable height, without being beyond your average beginner skater who's just learned how to ollie onto a curb.I broke out my jigsaw, drill, and other tools. Scrounged together pretty much all the big nails and screws I had and time lapsed the build. Watch the video below.I didn't really get to skate my new, improved manual pad that day but promised I would in my very next video. Unfortunately skating my new obstacle didn…

getpaidtodraw.com - Your Questions Answered.

Is it a scam? Is the sales message too good to be true? Can you really sit back, relax and get paid thousands of dollars in residual payments?

If you've discovered the site getpaidtodraw.com and have been looking for someone who has bought this product before taking that leap then this review will peel back the glossy sales message and give you the answers. Prior to buying this product I came across much distrust and misinformation about getpaidtodraw.com by people who hadn't purchased it. There was a real need for information so I decided to take the leap and make the purchase specifically so I could write this informed review. Note that I am not, in any way, a getpaidtodraw.com affiliate.

For this review I will be focusing on the getpaidtodraw system which includes; the ebook, instructional videos and database along with access to the systems author Jules Camber (who replies to emails as 'Jamie, President of Champ Entertainment, Inc and Beats365, LLC'). I'll touch …

One Week on Light n' Easy #lightneasy

My partner, Enigma, and I recently decided to try Light n' Easy to replace all our daily meals in an effort to eat healthier (and not have to think at all about cooking evening meals).

Enigma is about to embark on her third week of their full menu but I caved after one and opted just to get the dinners.

Book Review: Short Range - Stephen Leather

I haven't read a novel in quite a while so I was looking forward to Stephen Leather'sShort Range, which is his sixteenth Spider Shepherd thriller.

The book was given to me as a gift, and I can't say I was familiar with Stephen or this book series. Essentially it's my first introduction to the character of British MI5 Agent, Dan 'Spider' Shepherd.

Fortunately I do like a good thriller novel, and Stephen includes enough information about his lead character, as the story unfolds, that I didn't feel like I was missing any crucial information from past adventures.

The basic premise of Short Range is undercover agent Dan Shepherd is assigned to an operation to take down a terrorist group. His assignment crosses paths with another operation using a child informant to help them take down a drug dealer. Meanwhile Dan's personal life is about to be shaken up in a way he never sees coming.

As far as police thrillers go this one hits the ground running, quickly ge…