Greetings to all!
Welcome to another empowering post that will help you create a successful career as a writerpreneur. I realize that although I use this term rather emphatically and loosely, not many Christian writers understand the concept. Many are curious about it, but may not perhaps see the benefit of it. I know that whenever I write the word or hear myself speak it, I think of some kind of super woman who has the power to produce phenomenal words. It simply has that connotation. But writerpreneurship, which is my play on words for writer and entrepreneurship, is simply about establishing a lasting career as a writer, using the various tools and resources that will help one achieve her goals.
Writerpreneurship is the key to establishing financial stability as an author and writer; and in fact, without understanding and utilizing this key, every Christian writer will fail within the first year.
That may seem like a bold statement to make, but it is true. Every successful Christian author, whether they call themselves writerpreneurs or not, achieved and exceeded their goals BECAUSE of their entrepreneurial spirit. So, if you’re a new author, then you need to consider how this path will best suit you and your goals. And in this post, I want to teach you about the difference between a writer who is a business owner and a writer who is an entrepreneur.
Aren't They the Same?
Upon first glance, the title might seem a bit redundant. After all, isn’t a freelancer/writer the same as an entrepreneur? The answer to this question is quite simple: no. This post is designed to challenge your understanding of what an entrepreneur is. By the end, you will have to consider whether or not you fit into one or both of these categories, because there are significant differences that you should note. This will help you dramatically as you plan your career path. To begin, let me first identify and clarify the meaning of entrepreneurship.
According to the National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship (2010), entrepreneurs are distinctive from freelancers or small business owners. Consider the term and its roots. “Entrepreneur” derives from the French word “entreprendre,” another word for “undertaking.” According to this same reading, a 20th century economist named Joseph Schumpeter elaborated on the meaning: It is one who creates or implements a change in the economy “by introducing new goods or new methods of production,” which can render other products or services obsolete. Think of an entrepreneur as one who creates something that no one else has created, or one that has developed a product that makes other products in an industry useless. An entrepreneur is one that will create a unique product or service that meets the needs of customers beyond what others have created. A conclusive definition of this term is also found in the following statement: “an individual that develops a new or improved product, service, or way of doing things that can exist independent of the creator, and bears the financial responsibility for risks in bringing their development to market.”
In my own opinion, I completely agree with the above definitions. In evaluating my business, I’ve had to consider the question of whether or not I was an entrepreneur or a freelancer/writer; and I’ve come to the conclusion that I serve in both areas, depending on what needs to be done. I can’t tell you the number of ideas that I have for the company in terms of expanding its vision and incorporating these ideas into the business plan. For example, I recently decided to expand the business to publish a monthly magazine for female writerpreneurs called AmoreSpeaks. While my primary blog teaches about the technical side of writerpreneurship, I realized that there was a missing element, which helped women balance their professional, spiritual, and personal lives. I wanted to create content that enabled us to be whole women and not simply wealthy women who are writers. When I first presented this idea to my PHENOMENAL team of writers, they loved it! They stated that they had never come across such a project, and were enthused to be a part of it. This is simply one example of how my entrepreneurial spirit comes into play with the business.
In addition to this, I have created a business based on providing my clients with educational tools and resources that are necessary to help them become professional, seasoned writers. It is my philosophy to empower my clients to become better writers in addition to giving them their needed service. This is something that you may not find with other independent online writers; and I am constantly looking for new, innovative ways of incorporating professionalism, education, and writing expertise into my company. I not only create the ideas, but I also execute them, thereby making me a writerpreneur and business operator.
I'm Also a Freelancer
In my previous search to identify my competitors, I noticed something quite interesting. For one, nearly every private freelancer I came across had little to no educational background to validate their performance. I don’t say this to down play or degrade their profile; but I found it interesting that they had not invested in their own education as a part of their freelance work. Imagine that you went to a doctor that had no formal training. While she may be able to help you, the idea of her not having the educational experience to verify her qualifications may raise a red flag for you. This is certainly how I would feel if I wanted to hire an expert writer. Realizing this, I wanted to create an online business that catered to people who were looking for a reliable, educated expert at an affordable rate. Again, this adds to my ability to perform the business aspect of LiyahAmore Publishing.
More about Entrepreneurship
Let’s explore another meaning of entrepreneurship. NACCE has this to add: Being an entrepreneur involves “consistently thinking and acting in ways designed to uncover new opportunities that are then applied to provide value.” I cannot tell you how often I am searching for new ways to add value to my company. For example, developing an eBook collection for my network of writerpreneurs was one such opportunity; and even in that, I thought about ways that my books would stand out among the other ones. These and other factors lead to the conclusion that yes, I am an entrepreneur; but I also perform the service of the company, which falls into the category of freelance work. Let’s look at the definition of service provider/small business owner to see more of the differences.
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Freelance Writer vs. Writerpreneur
As a self-employed or small business owner of your authorship, you do share some common factors with an entrepreneur. You are looking to create something that has not been done before or something that will improve the quality of life for your customers. The difference, however, is that as a small business owner, you may typically provide services that are already available to others through other means; or you may simply write books and sell them without having a desire to expand your business beyond that factor. And it is perfectly OK to be in this category. If you are, embrace that! You will find a number of people who will claim to be entrepreneurs, when in fact they are small business owners, service providers, or strictly writers. One is not greater than the other, although at times it can feel the opposite. What is important is to identify with what you want to be and cultivate that from the beginning. In doing so, you will make your life a lot easier. If you know that you only want to be a small business owner, then stick with that. Don’t stress yourself over figuring out ways of making a business that will operate without you in the future. On the other hand, if you find yourself going beyond the borders of small business ownership, then you may fall into the category of an entrepreneur; and this will inevitably take more time and energy above that of a small business owner.
So, where do you fall in these categories? Do you simply want to write and create a business around that? Or do you find yourselves almost obsessed with ideas and ventures that center around your authorship? If you’re the latter, I have a couple of wonderful opportunities and offers for you to consider. Firstly, I invite you to join my free network called the Empowered Writerpreneurs Network. When I first established this group, I did so because I wanted to teach authors how they could generate wealth using their craft. This is the only Christian network that provides this type of training, and I am so pleased to be leading a group of inspiring writers who want to use their gifts to minister to others. We aren’t exclusively concerned about making our wallets fat, but more importantly committed to seeing our God-inspired visions fulfilled because we have the wealth to make them happen. The other offer relates to the Empowered Writerpreneurs Program Kit. Seriously, I wish I had something like this when I first began this business. It would have saved me YEARS of struggling to identify what works best for individuals like myself. The Kit contains powerful lessons, worksheets, activities, books, and more, each one with the purpose of helping you establish a dynamic writerpreneurship within 6-12 months. (Yes, my dear reader, slow and steady wins the race; and you want to take time to understand and implement each strategy and lesson effectively.) Both the network and the kit are great tools for writers and writerpreneurs, but more especially for the latter. So, take a look, join, connect, and partake of this dynamic program that I’m confident will bless you.
And as always, let’s grow together!
P.S. Here’s more information about the Empowered Writerpreneurs Network. You will connect with other international writerpreneurs who are making a difference and using their books as a source. You will receive daily, empowering content, delivered directly to your email through our Network platform; and will obtain weekly lesson plans that get you moving forward on your journey towards successful writerpreneurship. 85% of all the content we offer is FREE to our members. And we provide exciting opportunities for writer's contest, writer's challenge, giveaways, and many more engaging activities. So, get connected! It's free and you can join here!
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