ERIC Number: ED468233
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
Copreneurs. CELCEE Digest.
The trend of couples starting their own businesses and partnering in self-employment ventures has been dubbed "copreneurship." Copreneurship is the fastest-growing segment of family-based businesses. Husband-and-wife teams constitute the most visible and most researched category of copreneurs. According to a 1997 study, 30% of family businesses were run by copreneurs. Compared with conventional dual-earning couples, copreneurs tend to be older, more likely to live in suburban or rural areas, and more highly educated. Like other self-employed individuals, copreneurs have more flexibility in setting their own schedules, which provides distinct advantages in many aspects of personal and family life. However, copreneurs tend to work more hours than other couples, and like other entrepreneurs, they have less security than workers in typical corporate or salaried jobs--especially since both partners are self-employed. Perhaps the most difficult issue for copreneurs is contending with pursuing the concurrent life goals of running a successful business and maintaining successful relationships. Although it is males who most often assume the leading role in copreneurial ventures, increasing numbers of women are assuming the leading role. The number of copreneurs is poised to rise even higher as more people strive for greater flexibility in managing work and family, increased jobs satisfaction, and more personal time. (MN)
Descriptors: Definitions, Dual Career Family, Employed Parents, Employment Patterns, Employment Problems, Entrepreneurship, Family Financial Resources, Family Life, Family Work Relationship, Flexible Working Hours, Foreign Countries, National Surveys, Role Conflict, Self Employment, Small Businesses, Spouses, Trend Analysis, Work Environment
For full text: http://www.celcee.edu/products/digest/Dig02-03.html.
Publication Type: Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, Kansas City, MO. Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership.
Authoring Institution: Adjunct ERIC Clearinghouse on Entrepreneurship Education, Los Angeles, CA.
Identifiers - Location: Canada; United States