Är du en frilansare eller en entreprenör?

Något som är relevant i arkitektbranschen.
Mina erfarenheter är att de flesta arkitekter, även de som har egna kontor med anställda fortfarande är frilansare. Nya personer man anställer anställs för att täcka upp arbetstimmar som ägaren inte hinner med. Entreprenörsaspekten med innovativa affärsidéer och så vidare lyser oftast med sin frånvaro.

The Difference Between a Freelancer and an Entrepreneur

A freelancer is someone who gets paid for her work. She charges by the hour or perhaps by the project. Freelancers write, design, consult, advise, do taxes and hang wallpaper. Freelancing is the single easiest way to start a new business.

Entrepreneurs use money (preferably someone else’s money) to build a business bigger than themselves. Entrepreneurs make money when they sleep. Entrepreneurs focus on growth and on scaling the systems that they build. The more, the better.

The goal of a freelancer is to have a steady job with no boss, to do great work, to gradually increase demand so that the hourly wage goes up and the quality of gigs goes up too.

The goal of the entrepreneur is to sell out for a lot of money, or to build a long-term profit machine that is steady, stable and not particularly risky to run.

The trap is simple: Sometime freelancers get entrepreneur envy and start hiring other freelancers to work for them. This doesn’t scale. Managing freelancers is different from being a freelancer. Managing freelancers and saving the best projects for yourself gets you into trouble. The cash flow gets you into trouble. Investors don’t want to invest in you because you can’t sell out if you’re a freelancer at heart.

If you’re an entrepreneur, it is impossible to succeed by using your own labor to fill the gaps. That’s because your labor is finite. It doesn’t scale. That’s because if it’s a job only you can do, you’re not building a system, you’re just hiring yourself (and probably not paying enough either).

Jag lägger ingen värdering i det ena eller andra, man skall bara vara medveten om att det andra alternativet finns det med.