I know the idea is that if you build up your client base sufficiently, you can get to this holy place where you don’t really have to do all that non-billable stuff because your clients are just constantly coming to you with paid work. I’m here to tell you that if you’re running your own freelance business, or you’re a creative entrepreneur of any kind, that’s just not really all that true.
If “excited” were the word I used to describe being featured in a “Meet a Mintie” article on the Minted blog back in January (and actually I went back and looked, and it’s not the word I used, because actually I didn’t really use a word), then I’m not even sure what magnitude of very I would need to put before “excited” to describe how I’m feeling about this latest Minted-related news.
I’ve spent a lot of time over the last year or so listening to phone calls, webinars, youtube videos, and podcasts in which relatively newer business folks ask much more seasoned business folks questions about how to take their own projects to the next level. In that time I’ve figured out that just about every single question that’s asked about building a business can be answered with one of the following seven answers.
This post isn’t about Company X. It’s about me negotiating issues of value, personal principles, cooperation and compromise, worry, money, and respect. It’s about situating myself within broader communities. It’s about the collision of work and family. It’s about whether I’m mad and whether I have any right to be mad.