Throughout my career, I've had the opportunity to meet hundreds of people I would consider Founders. However, many of them shy away from embracing this label.
I think it's probably because the word "founder" is often associated with the "startup" world. Or maybe they just see themselves more as an entrepreneur or someone who has "simply" started a business.
For example, some of my clients refer to themselves as the "Owner", the "Principal", the "Director", or a "Consultant". But guess what? Despite the different titles, they all share many of the same qualities that, to me, capture the essence of a Founder.
Do these feel familiar?
You founded and run your own business pretty much full-time
You started your business as you wanted to do your thing — your way
You are the principal decision–maker in your business
You are responsible for the strategic direction of your business
You use contractors and may, in time, hire people to handle specific parts of your business
You direct your client, not the other way round (or you're working towards achieving this)
I work with clients who encompass most, if not all, of these traits.
So, whether you see yourself as an entrepreneur, consultant, owner, or principal, then maybe I can help you too. Just let it be known I might accidentally call you a Founder!