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Freelancer, Consultant, or Entrepreneur: Whatís the Difference?Susan L. Reid
Remember the poor little bird in P. D. Eastmanís much beloved childrenís book Are You My Mother?
The one who hatches from his egg while his mother is out scratching around for food and canít figure out who he is? By the middle of the story, this confused hatchling is in the midst of a full-blown identity crisis, wandering around asking everyone, ďAre you my mother?Ē
Thatís how it is in the business world.
We bandy around the words freelancer, consultant, and entrepreneur as if they are interchangeable, although they are not. Sometimes our clients are confused. Often we are, too. When we arenít clear about how we offer our products and services, it makes it difficult for potential clients to know whether or not to hire us. Thatís why itís important for us to get clear about who we are and offer our products and services accordingly.
Whatís the difference?
According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary: a freelancer is ďa person who acts independently without being affiliated with or organized by an organization; who pursues a profession without a long-term commitment to any one employer.Ē A consultant, on the other hand,is ďone who gives professional advice or services as an expert.Ē In a completely different category is the entrepreneur who ďorganizes, manages, and assumes the risk of a business or enterprise.Ē
Knowing the distinctions between the three very different categories is just the beginning. At the end of the day, itís all up to you to determine how you label yourself.
Whether you're a freelancer, consultant, or entrepreneur, itís up to you to decide for yourself the kind of success you want.
Copyright © 2007 by Susan L. Reid
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Susan L Reid, DMA, Small Business Start Up Coach, Consultant & Accidental Pren-herô is the author of Discovering Your Inner Samurai: The Entrepreneurial Woman's Journey to Business Success. Known for taking the fear out of starting up businesses, Susan provides value, inspiration and direction to entrepreneurial women starting up and launching small businesses.
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