One way to use your talents is to be an entrepreneur, and there are many examples of successful creative entrepreneurs.
As a freelancer, you may not technically be an entrepreneur, but you are self-employed and have your own business, with many of the advantages that come from being your own boss.
Seth Godin explains:
“Freelancers get paid for their work. If you’re a freelancer copywriter, you get paid when you work. Entrepreneurs use other people’s money to build a business bigger than themselves so that they can get paid when they sleep.”
(From article: Entrepreneur or Freelancer – What’s the Difference? by David Masters.)
Here is a brief video from his online course:
“Hi my name is Seth Godin and I am a freelancer. I’ve been a freelancer off and on for 30 years.
“Like you, I love the freedom of being able to do work that I’m proud of, and like you I’ve been frustrated at times because I can’t figure out how to do it enough, at the level that I want to do it.
“Now after 30 years I’ve put together this course for you, about you – about how a freelancer can work her way up the ladder from a mechanical turk, a cog in the system, someone who just gets what they get, and does what they’re told – all the way up the ladder to a non-generic, unique, remarkable individual, who has the leverage and the freedom to make a ruckus.”
Learn more about Seth Godin’s Freelancer Course
The course has 15 sections – this image shows a few.
In the Lecture 1 “Why be a freelancer” preview, Godin comments that being a freelancer give you “a chance to do great work – not because we’re told to do it, but because we can do it.”
Coach, entrepreneur and business school leader Marie Forleo enthuses about him:
“I’ve been a big fan of Seth Godin for years. I adore his books, his blog, his perspective on the world, and his provocative-yet-loving nature.
“Seth’s recent work, What To Do When It’s Your Turn, is a must-read for every entrepreneur who struggles with self doubt, fear of judgment, overcoming failure and, ultimately, wishes to find your true calling…
“Last year, I had the chance to spend time with him during a Shopify event at Necker Island.
“We ziplined across the canopy of palm trees, talked marketing over early morning breakfast, and splashed around in the crystal blue waters of the Caribbean.
“I found him even more joyful, magnetic, and straight-up fun than I imagined. Yes, Seth Godin’s books are brilliant and thought-provoking.”
From profile on Seth Godin’s Freelancer Course
Seth Godin “is an entrepreneur, best-selling author, and speaker who knows what it takes to succeed in business and to be your own boss.
“In addition to launching one of the most popular blogs in the world, he has written 18 best-selling books, including The Dip, Linchpin, Purple Cow, Tribes, and What To Do When It’s Your Turn (And It’s Always Your Turn).
“Though renowned for his writing and speaking, Seth also founded two companies, Squidoo and Yoyodyne (acquired by Yahoo!). This real-world entrepreneurial experience is what makes him the ideal teacher for those who wish to forge their own career path.”
In his article Freelancer: 10 Questions with Seth Godin, cartoonist Hugh MacLeod asks Godin about the old notion that “Freelancer” was “mostly considered a second class citizen” – Godin responds:
“Think about the people who are truly great. The programmer who can save you months.
“The cartoonist who draws life-changing images on the backs of business cards. The guitar player who can sit in on a recording session and change everything…
“These people are first class. They’re in charge. Top of their game. The best of the best.
“That’s the freelancer each of us is capable of being.”
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