Are you a freelancer or an entrepreneur? Seth Godin challenges us on a big, important question.
Is there really any difference? …
It’s not simply semantics, your answer changes everything.
Freelancers get paid when they work. We’re not focused on scale… and we’re not tiny versions of real entrepreneurs. Freelancers do the work for clients who need them.
Hiring employees to scale when you’re a freelancer can be a bit of a trap, because you are likely to give up the very thing you set out to do in the first place.
Entrepreneurs, on the other hand, are organized for growth. The job of the entrepreneur isn’t to do the work, it’s to build a company that does the work. Mary Barra doesn’t make cars at GM. She organizes so that GM makes cars.
Godin and Akimbo Workshop are launching a freelancer workshop focused on getting better clients. It looks fascinating.
The next session starts today (this has been in my to-do box for a while). If nothing else, you should take a look at Seth’s intro videos.