Posts Tagged ‘entrepreneur’

Selling Your Work Versus Selling Your Service

Tuesday, June 10th, 2014 by

I was talking to a photographer today who appeared to have been working at random jobs in an effort to make a living. Her specialty appeared to be in photography and of course that usually means trying to find clients or your next job all the time. I then mentioned about things like selling stock photos and funny enough she never even thought about it. After mentioning how some photographers make a very good living that way she immediately wanted to investigate into it.

I suppose in many ways that is an over sight for everyone who is self-employed and runs a service based business. If you do offer a great service why not think about the idea of turning your service into a product that you can sell as well? For example, a painter can wait for someone to hire them to paint a project or they can create their own paintings in the meantime as well and sell their work. A good alternative as opposed to only waiting around for people to call you I think.

An Unconventional Career

Saturday, October 26th, 2013 by

I thought this was kind of humorous as I was reading some news speculation about a Twitter feed as a highly known person was giving out very vague messages as if he couldn’t reveal all the details due to legal reasons. This then created speculations on what the situation was about. Since the person made a living making videos on places like Youtube there was then all these comments on how if it has something to do with the company restricting his ability to earn money through that platform then that’s a good thing as now he will have to get a “real” job.

It kind of boggles my mind how people wouldn’t consider what the person does as legitimate “work” as I’m sure it takes a lot of time and marketing to make anything like that into a respectable income stream. You could almost argue it’s virtually no different than starting any kind of business. Otherwise we can then debate that a person that plays an instrument or an individual that plays a sport for a living isn’t involved in a legitimate career.

The other thing this made me think about is how I guess the big thing when it comes to things like this is one’s mentality and recognizing that just because you don’t quite understand something doesn’t mean there is no opportunity in it. Example, just because one guy was taught in a classroom that you can’t run a vehicle without oil doesn’t mean there aren’t other ways to do it. Should be the same thing when it comes to making money too. Or more specifically, making a career out of something.

Hiring An Entrepreneur As An Employee

Thursday, July 4th, 2013 by

I thought this was kind of interesting as I was reading about this company that was looking for help as an employee. However, because they wanted a person to be able to take charge while having confidence to bring ideas to the table in order to make the business better they were saying how they wanted to hire an entrepreneur. This is a little conflicting because you would think if an entrepreneur is successful and has their own business then why in the world would they drop that to work for someone else?

They had a strange setup though it seemed where they essentially had a lot of people who worked maybe one or two days a week. Basically it seemed more like people were working there as a side hobby as opposed to like a career oriented job. At the same time, that isn’t too far fetched as I have seen plenty of people who are say very wealthy or have successful businesses and yet they still agree to work at an everyday job purely for the experience of it.

I was thinking too on how you must really be confident in your business and what you are doing in order to attract a person with that background to do it. At the same time, most people would be afraid of that as you would think a self employed guy would want to take charge too much to the point where they can’t follow directions. Makes me wonder on how long on average a person like this would even stay and if not for long on whether or not you end up losing money due to having to re-hire all the time.

Paying Thousands of Dollars In Books And Training To Succeed

Friday, June 14th, 2013 by

I heard an interesting debate today where a person who owned a private school was essentially telling everyone in his industry that consists of mostly entrepreneurs that if they don’t consistently go to like workshops or classes, like the one he offers, then there is no way they will succeed. The example he used was like any other profession such as a doctor where you study for years and continue to do so. Otherwise no one will take you seriously.

This spurred a lot of debate as some were saying if you can’t invest a few hundred dollars in yourself then you don’t deserve success whereas of course the other side of the coin was that they were saying that because it is their goal to convince you to spend money with them. This was one of those situations too where a lot of people didn’t make that much money as it is and so for them it can be one of those debates where it’s like spend $200 on a class/workshop or use that to feed yourself for the month.

One thing I have always been told and seen is that when it comes to being self employed or an entrepreneur there is no real one path for everyone. For example, for everyone who spent say thousands of dollars in books and classes to succeed there are probably just as many stories of people who simply put in the sweat labor each day and achieved the same results.

This is usually more debatable with professions that deal with a trades skill. For example, imagine a photographer who is getting no business and then a school saying the key to being successful is to constantly go to school and eventually they will succeed. Like there you could argue it’s not the technical skills the person needs but rather marketing strategies. It’ s completely different if the person didn’t know the terminology or basics on how to use the camera in general of course.

From what I have observed personally, if a person is trying to make you feel like there is no way you can succeed unless you buy a whole bunch of books or classes from them then it’s kind of obvious what their real intent is. This may be more true for a nine to five setting, but being self employed is a whole different ballgame I think.

Learning From Younger People

Friday, February 22nd, 2013 by

Funny situation I thought. Essentially there was a scenario where there were these two people talking about the business of video creation where one person has been working for a longtime and the other was pretty new. However, the new person was more into online mediums as opposed to traditional offline methods. Then came a conversation about marketing and how each person went out to get customers. The offline person relied more on word of mouth referral whereas the online person focused on social media. For the most part I guess you could say they could learn from each other.

However, the older person was telling the other on how he felt the other was just too young and that he couldn’t really follow his advice because of his age. Yes, crazy huh? When asked to clarify essentially all he really said was that he has lived longer and thus has a more proven track record which means his way is obviously the better way. Wasn’t much to talk about as you can tell.

I personally don’t see why say an older person in any industry would in some way feel threatened if say a young person came in with good ideas that you could implement for your business as well. It’s like an ego fight that should have been left back in high school or something I think. If anything, consider it potentially as a good way to keep in touch with what people are talking about regardless of which fence you are looking from.

Heck, even little kids can teach you a lot in terms of imagination and thinking outside of the box I say.