Often times on my way to a client’s office in the morning, I will listen to a podcast or audio book to pick up something new. I recently stumbled upon Seth Godin’s podcast called Startup School. The title of the 1st podcast in the series is what called my attention: Freelancer or Entreprenuer? The podcast is very intriguing because it’s a class directed toward new entrepreneurs embarking on new projects: startups and so forth. He talks about building monopolies, the connection economy, and the distinction of an Entrepreneur from a Freelancer. Sounds good, right? It is, but it came with a bit of a reality check for me.
“Are you a Freelancer or are you an Entrepreneur?”
Entrepreneurs are the opposite of a company of 1. They are building teams of people and making them super stars while continually focusing the efforts around the vision: the company. They do many other things, but fundamentally, an entrepreneur and a freelancer are distinct from one another.
Another statement that Seth makes in several of these podcasts especially hit home with me.
“All Consultants are freelancers.”
At the end of 2011, I drafted a 1-page business plan which was very gratifying, but also very much written for one looking into a career as a freelancer. Now that I understand the distinction between that and an entrepreneur, plus the fact that I now work with a successful Consulting firm in the San Francisco Bay Area, I believe my 1-page business plan for 2013 will look a little different. We are doing some great work, we have passionate consultants, and there’s much room for growth. Look forward to seeing what transpires in the next couple of years. I’ll keep you posted. 😉
Do you have any ideas of what it means to be a freelancer or an entrepreneur? Would love to hear your comments.