Are you a freelancer or an entrepreneur?

You’re probably confident in your answer. 

After all, you run a small business. You’ve got a vision for your future. And you’re taking the steps to get there.

But the truth might not be what you think it is.

As a business owner you learn how to find clients, how to talk to them, and how to keep them happy. And it’s likely that you view your skill sets as a resource that is worth paying for.

But just setting up a business – no matter how successful – does NOT make you an entrepreneur. It just makes you a business owner. 

Consider the following checklists and honestly grade yourself…

Freelancer vs entrepreneur checklist

If you’re still on the fence, or feel like you have traits of both a freelancer and an entrepreneur, there is one question you can ask yourself to find out the definitive answer.

The only question you have to ask yourself to determine whether you are a freelancer or an entrepreneur is this – ‘if I take myself out of the equation, does my business still run?’

If the answer is no, you are a Freelancer.

If the answer is yes, you are an Entrepreneur.

How do I stop being a Freelancer and start being an Entrepreneur?

To stop being a freelancer – and being held hostage to the amount of leads and clients you have -and start being an entrepreneur, only takes one small change.

Stop building on your skills and start building on your ideas.

If your idea of scaling your business is to get better at your profession, attract more clients, and earn more money; then you are spinning your wheels and going nowhere.

Why?

Because your business is not valuable. YOU are valuable. This means you can’t take extended time off or sell your business because it holds no value without you there.

Instead, you should take your ideas and build on those.

Stop spending so much time contacting prospects and find a way to automate the process. Stop spending time servicing clients and find a way for someone else to do it. Stop trying to wear so many hats and find people who can wear them for you.

This will allow you to scale up your business in a way that makes your business profitable whether you want to take time off or not.

From there you get to enjoy all the benefits of working on your business, not in your business.

So if you prefer life to be on the easy-side, and getting paid only when you work, freelancing is ideal for you. And that’s 100% OK.

But if you want to challenge yourself, reach your goals & find success in business that sets you up for life. If you want step into a bigger picture. And if you are willing to put in the effort for the long-haul, it’s time to start thinking like an entrepreneur.