A Freelancer’s Journey To Becoming An Entrepreneur

Being a freelancer is a common occupation these days. It’s not a bad thing; it is actually a great way to earn. Recently, I shared my journey from a freelance web developer to having my own business in PeepCon. Not everyone knows the real story on how I transitioned from someone who just accepts freelance work into getting leads and building a business.

Freelancer-to-Entrepreneur

What’s the difference between a freelancer and an entrepreneur? First off, a freelancer gets paid for his/her work. Freelancers charge by the hour or by the project. Meanwhile, an entrepreneur uses money to build a bigger business. Entrepreneurs make money even when they are sleeping.

The transition is far from complete. I am still learning until now the ins and outs of being an entrepreneur. But if you are interested in turning your freelance work into a legitimate business then let me share some tips.

  • Operate as a business – Operate as a legal, registered business. Register as a company and be treated as a legitimate business.
  • Set up your business processes – Come up with a documented process for the entire business. It can be a basic list of what to do or what not to do.
  • Hire your assets – Look for people who can be assets in the company and not just employees. Hire people who can increase the average value and efficiency of your organization. This will have a more long-term effect compared to hiring people who can simply get the job done.
  • Establish your presence – Be out there and be visible. Also, be consistent with providing value and engaging with your audience.
  • Network like crazy – Be friends with people. Take away the agenda.
  • Become a student and a teacher – Seek out to learn both offline and online. Remember to help out and contribute to the community.

“If you’re an entrepreneur, don’t hire yourself. Build a business that works, that thrives with or without you. It might not be good for your ego, but it will be good for your bank account.” – Seth Godin

 

Pilot Meet-up of the Digital Entrepreneurs Manila

Part of my goals is to empower businesses and individuals to create success in the Internet, one way I am doing that is by participating in speaking engagements and hosting webinars on digital marketing. Now, I am hosting a meet-up where digital entrepreneurs and everyone interested in digital marketing can be with like-minded people and at the same time, share their expertise in digital entrepreneurship.

The pilot meet-up of the Digital Entrepreneurs Manila will be on Tuesday, April 7,2015, 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM at the pool bar of Best Western Plus Antel Hotel. To RSVP, simply go to http://www.meetup.com/Digital-Entrepreneurs-Manila/events/221385677/.

Launch Meet-up of Digital Entrepreneurs Manila

The objectives of this meet-up are:

  • Provide a venue to learn (and teach) Digital Marketing
  • For Digital Marketing practitioners to learn how to turn their expertise in to a profitable enterprise. (entrepreneurship)
  • Network with “like minded” people
  • Have fun, drink, and meet new (and old) friends!

Everyone is invited specially those who are interested in Digital Marketing and Entrepreneurship, Seasoned Entrepreneurs and Entrepreneur Wannabees, Digital Marketing Professionals (Strategists, Social Media Specialists, SEO’s, Bloggers, Web Designers & Developers), Traditional Business Owners, Start-up Founders, and College Students.

 

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