I recently came across an interesting table comparing typical mindsets of freelancers to those of entrepreneurs, which I immedately printed out and sticked to my refrigerator as a reminder. Since we currently have startup conditions too in our company, I know that it takes a lot of discipline to make adjustments to a mindset that served you well for the last 10 years but now more often gets in your way as daily tasks, priorities and responsibilities (must) change.
|Area||Freelancer / skilled employee
|Employees, colleagues||I can get stuff done best on my own.||My employees are better trained, specialized and have more skills.|
|Complexity||More complexity makes things more interesting.||Simple things make you more successful.|
|Value in own work||I cost less than my employees, since they get a fixed salary.||My work is the most expensive and should not be wasted.|
|Time||Money has more value to me than time. I spend time to save money.||Time is more valuable than money. I spend money to save time.|
|Money||Money means security.||Money yields opportunity for investments and ventures.|
|Education, learning||My professional development is important to me.||My personal development is most important.|
|Risk||I try to avoid risk whenever I can.||Steps to success are naturally accompanied by risk-taking. Being employed is for example more risky than being an entrepreneur.|
|Mission||My profession is my mission.||My mission is to build a great company and actively build my environment with it.|
|Comfort zone||I am best at, where I feel save and comfortable.||My success and growth both lie exactly where I feel uncomfortable.|
Thanks to Google I also found the source of the table: It is taken from a German blog post titled ‘Warum manche Selbständige nicht zu Unternehmern werden‘ (Why some freelancers never become entrepreneurs).
Hope it helps some of you too.