So you’re walking your way out of the grocery store when you suddenly bumped into a childhood buddy you haven’t seen in years. After exchanging pleasantries, the conversation turned to what’s keeping you busy and how exactly do you earn a living. “I’m a freelance writer with 2 other writers under my wing,” you proudly say. “Oh, so you’re an entrepreneur?!” the childhood buddy replied. You went home perplexed — are you a freelancer or an entrepreneur? So which are you? Figure out below.
By and large, freelancers sell their skills and talents. Individuals who earn a living coding, designing, and writing for other people are the quintessential freelancers. Every so often, freelancers identify with professions, crafts, and trades. Majority of freelancers aim to be better in their crafts to earn more and gain recognition for their skill. Lastly, most individuals choose freelancing to be able to own their time and do other things, may it be a hobby, sport, or do what entrepreneurs do — run a business!
While freelancers identify themselves with crafts, entrepreneurs associate themselves with an industry or line of business. They primarily think in numbers and are known for taking calculated risks. In comparison to freelancers who often take comfort in being recognized for their craft, the entrepreneur aims to create something that is marketable and has value.
What Matters Most
Both the freelancer and entrepreneur have several things in common — they are generally independent from full-time supervision and their efforts are geared towards a personal goal (in comparison to employees who work for a company goal).
Seth Godin recommends that whether you aim to be a freelancer or entrepreneur, it is quite important not to mix both. How about you? Would you rather concentrate on one career or do you think it would work to your advantage to do both? Let us know in the comments below!