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For the small business owner or freelancer, understanding whether you’re a freelancer or an entrepreneur is probably the single most important distinction that needs to be made, it affects every single decision that you will make for your business. It's worth taking a closer look because by understanding the way each think can allow you to improve your business in different ways.

These two ways of framing the way your business works sit at opposite ends of the playing field. While it is definitely possible to for a freelancer to be a little entrepreneurial, and for an entrepreneur to be a something of a freelancer at times, if you spend too much time away from your goal out in the middle of the field, except by some chance of luck, you’re simply too far away to consistently score goals. And besides that it just gets downright confusing for you and those you try to do business with.

Of course it’s very common for people to experiment between the two or even switch between the two across the course of their careers and that’s pretty healthy. An entrepreneur might dabble in consulting, or give presentations at a conference where they’re being paid by the hour, for example. A freelancer might set up a web page to sell prints of their work or a book that they’ve written that customers simply download.

If you stick around to the end of the interview, you’ll have the chance to hear the story of how another fellow designer is taking steps to change direction in their career without losing their creative identity. We talk about the advantages and the disadvantages of being a freelancer as well as the benefits and challenges of taking the entrepreneurial path.

 

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