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You Think Freelancing Means Freedom? Think Again

Ask yourself these 5 questions first to find out

Marilyn Wo
May 15, 2019 · 11 min read

“The best way to get better is to decide who you want to become.” — Seth Godin

The phone rang.

It was a sigh of “not again?”

Those were times that made me dread being a mother and freelancer at the same time.

Am I cut out to be an entrepreneur?

Is that how you feel sometimes?

I’m all ready to fake it till I make it.

That said, the struggles to be a good parent, a good designer and yearning for freedom is real.

“Every freelancer is a potential entrepreneur or a small company / business!”

As I scrambled for my keys, my husband was keeping the laundry and getting the housework in order.

Am I really an entrepreneur?

I used to think being a freelancer is the same from being an entrepreneur. Well, both look the same on the surface. Both have their own business, not having to face one boss and have a minimum control of their own time.

1. What kind of lifestyle do you want?

Pursue transformations rather than transactions

You don’t set up a business to sound savvy or look good and your business is created to support your lifestyle on top of paying the bills.

How do you figure that out?

In my case, I had huge commitments that I wanted to take on at the same time:

  1. Mother
  1. Finance: Pay up mortgage and live debt-free from 2020 onwards
  2. Family: Pass down the right values to my kids and spend time with family without having to ask permission
  3. Freedom: The choice to do what I wish to whenever I want to without feeling guilty that I’m leaving people and clients behind
  4. Adventure: I want some variations, be it work or lifestyle. I have so many ideas to try to see what works.

2. How do you become a better person?

“You can’t grow a business past your own personal growth.” — Craig Handley

Sometimes, freedom does not only mean more control of time, space and anything outside of us. Most times, being self-aware is key to having more freedom.

  1. Marketing and sales — build relationships and share what I know
  2. Teaching through documenting processes — keep writing even if I’m a designer
  3. Surviving difficult conversations — without offending anyone and still leading to a win-win situation
  4. Build lasting self-esteem — could this be the basic trait of a successful entrepreneur?

3. Are you willing to change your “job scope”?

“Entrepreneurs are willing to work 80 hours a week to avoid working 40 hours a week.”

It is a commitment.

The only constant is change.

Make sure you are at peace with this change first and commit wholeheartedly after making the decision.

4. What do they want?

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5. What does success mean to you?

“Unbelievable happiness comes from a self-belief that’s not swayed by people’s opinion of you.” — Gary Vaynerchuk

In the present moment, my definition of success is to build a business that runs on its own even if I fully removed myself. I’m now working hard to build a team of great people, well-trained to take on all design tasks given by our customers.

What it takes to transit from freelancing to entrepreneurship

At the end of the day, being true to yourself is the foundation of growing as a freelancer to becoming an entrepreneur. This growth may take an immense amount of energy to do things that you may be uncomfortable with and because of this, it may take a lot of time to get there.

Remember, never, never, ever give up.

Get started now.

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