I’ve been following Brain Clark off & on since the early years of Copyblogger. He’s the founder and CEO of Rainmaker Digital, the company behind Copyblogger, StudioPress, Rainmaker FM, and the Rainmaker Platform. Back in July 2015 he started another project, “Unemployable”,
Actionable Strategies for Ambitious Freelancers and Creative Entrepreneurs
Habitual entrepreneur Brian Clark draws upon his 17-year evolution from solo to CEO to help ambitious freelancers and creative entrepreneurs take it to the next level. He’ll be joined by some very smart people who will also share their advice and wisdom.
Episode 2 – From Solo to CEO: The Evolution of an Entrepreneur
After 17 years and nine businesses, I’ve run the gamut of roles and levels of sophistication outside the traditional world of employment. It’s been quite a ride.
New Podcast from Brian Clark, Unemployable – a habitual entrepreneur who’s started eight successful businesses. Drawing upon his own 17-year evolution from solo to CEO, Brian provides actionable strategies for ambitious freelancers and creative entrepreneurs.
Welcome to Unemployable, a show for people who can get a job, they’re just not inclined to take one — and that’s putting it gently. If you’re a freelancer or a solopreneur, Unemployable is the place to get actionable advice for growing your business, improving your processes, and enjoying greater freedom day to day. To get the full experience, register at no charge at Unemployable.com. You’ll get access to upcoming webinars and more.
Brian Clark: Welcome to Episode 2 of Unemployable. I’m your host, Brian Clark.
Let’s go ahead and dive right into today’s topic. Ultimately, this lesson is about the way you think and how that influences the kind of business that you have. After 17 years and nine businesses, I run the gamut of roles and levels of sophistication outside the traditional world of employment. Been quite a ride to say the least.
When I look back, I can identify four distinct phases that I’ve gone through. One of which may correspond to where you’re at currently or where you want to get to.
Are Freelancers ‘Lesser’ Than Entrepreneurs?
First up, I want to address the distinction that a lot of people are quick to point out — often quite smugly. It’s the idea that freelancers and consultants, maybe even solopreneurs, are not real entrepreneurs. Now, there are definitely distinctions — just as there are different kinds of entrepreneurs, frankly. But some entrepreneurs tend to look down on freelancers and consultants as if they’re some kind of lower life form.
I don’t agree with that.
As far as I’m concerned, if you’re operating without a job, you’re running a business. At minimum, you’re an independent economic actor that supports yourself and your family. That alone deserves respect. Some people stay in the role of freelancer or consultant because that’s what they want to do. What’s wrong with that?