Editors are helpful people, and freelance editors are no exception. Sometimes, though, our helpfulness gets in the way of running our freelance businesses. We forget that we’re not employees but business owners. Here are eight important ways to act more like a business owner.
- An employee asks for a raise.
A business owner tells clients that their prices are going up.
- An employee takes the work they’re given.
A business owner declines projects they’re not suited for.
- An employee uses the technology their employer provides.
A business owner chooses their own technology.
- An employee receives training through their employers.
A business owner chooses their own training.
- An employee does the work they’re told to do in the way they’re told to do it.
A business owner decides what the work is and how it should be done.
- An employee can take only as much time off as their employer allows and when it’s allowed.
A business owner decides how much time off to take and when.
- An employee must play nice with their employer’s problematic clients.
A business owner doesn’t have to put up with problematic clients.
- An employee has a boss.
A business owner is the boss.
To learn more about how to act like a business owner, join Erin, Amy Schneider, Lori Paximadis, and Laura Poole for “Act Like a Business” on Friday, March 24, 2023, at 9 a.m. at ACES Evolve.