Solopreneur: Independent businessman or freelancer? 1


Pinta ni Loring P Blanco

Pinta ni Loring P Blanco

For quite some time now, I call myself Technopreneur and then when I started to venture in different products and services, I know that I also want to be a Serial Entrepreneur.  However, working on my own as a businesswoman and preparing for riskier venture, I guess I should consider myself as Solopreneur too. Big deal?  Ano ba pinagkaiba ng nito sa pagiging freelancer or self-employed?

Compare sa technopreneurship and serial entrepreneurship, there are negative notions in solopreneurship. Steve Tobak’s article “Don’t Be a Solopreneur. Do This Instead” on Entrepreneur.com gave ideas about that and wow, medyo na-discourage ako sa mga binanggit niya.   He’s telling the truth naman and he suggested that instead of becoming a solopreneur o agad-agad ay dapat i-hone ang skills by studying then  try to work for someone muna. Ang isa pa ay find a partner kaysa may-solo. In fact, bago lamang ang term na ito at so far, ang Macmillan ang isa sa dalawang dictionary pa lamang ang nakapag-bigay ng definition nito.

“A business owner who works and runs their business alone.”

Meantime, sa aking pagbabasa sa Forbes ay napag-alaman ko na karamihan ng mga aminado at matagal ng gumagawa ng solopreneurship ay mga babae at sila ay matagumpay rito. Ayon  pa sa Forbes’research,  ay mas marami (86% of Americans) ang masaya sa pagiging independent worker.

‘It’s neither inferior or superior to serve an independent consultant versus an entrepreneur (with staff, multiple products/services, etc.).  The key is to understand how you’ll thrive best, and choose the path that supports your individual core needs, values, and wants,’ Kathy Caprino, Forbes’ contributing writer.

Solopreneur vs. freelancer or self-employed

Market of Hoshi Minsan hindi rin ako satisfied kapag nili-label ko ang sarili ko as freelancer, kasi nga nagnenegosyo rin ako.  Dagdag pa rito yung vision ko na soon ay trabaho o kliyente  na ang lalapit sa akin. Iyong tipong may trabaho pero hindi ako eksaktong pasahod lang, kundi nakikipag-collaborate and negotiate din.  Dahil sa mga factors na ito ay napag-alaman ko na yes, pasok sa banga ang terminong solopreneur.

Ayon pa nga sa Bidsketch, solopreneurs are “… typically small business owners, business consultants, or other highly business-minded people such as virtual assistants, copywriters, and online developers. They’re either entrepreneurs in the traditional sense — creating something from nothing — or they use the label as a way to stand out from the crowd.

Dagdag pa sa article ay halos wala namang pinagkaiba ang freelancer, self-employed, at solopreneur. Subalit in a way ay nagwo-work para sa mga solopreneur ang kanilang claim dahil kayang makipagnegosyon and mas kumikita sila nang malaki at happy sila sa kanilang ginagawa.   Ang isa lang  tsika rito ay marami pa rin ang nagtataas ng kilay kapag may nagsabi  ng ‘I am solopreneur” dahil bagong term ito.

Going Solo in Entrepreneurship

Chinkee Tan How I Made My first MillionPaano nga ba pumasok sa kokote ko ang mag-solo? Sa ngayon kasi problem-solving mode ako pagpapaayos ko ng tindahan. Tense and excited ako dahil for the first time ay nagpa-construct ako ng isang kuwarto,  ako pa ang nagdisenyo, at saril kong gastos.  Mabuti na lang at may work ako para may pang salo sa mga gastos at  natututo ako sa pagbabasa.  And speaking of pagbabasa ng magazine, Chinkee Tan books,   business websites, at  maging ng mga notes ni Ms. Janette Toral tungkol sa blogging and e-commerce ay napag-alaman ko na importante ang mga sumusunod sa journey ko ngayon:

  • personal branding
  • investing in education
  • Move out of your comfort zone
  • Connect or use your social networking sites wisely
  • Be consistent

 


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