You don’t need to invent an innovative product to be a real entrepreneur. Self-employed services specialists are just as important, and most often operate remotely (from anywhere in the world) in this age of the Internet. Many of these new entrepreneurs were regular employees a few years ago, focused on a skill specialty. They are not the generalists required for new product startups.





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Written by martinzwilling
3933 days ago

Certainly I agree that freelancing is not generally scalable, but not all startups need to scale. Most specialists don't like to manage other specialists, and are not looking for Angel funding, so scaling is not desirable or important. Family businesses have no need to scale beyond a limited scope. The ability to scale need not be a component of startup success



Written by HeatherStone
3934 days ago

Hi Martin,

This is certainly a topic coming up with greater and greater frequency and I think most solopreneurs would likely agree with the conclusion here. I guess what I'm wondering from your perspective, is whether there is anything to the notion that the problem with seeing freelancing as a type of entrepreneurship is that ultimately, it isn't easily scalable. Essentially, the freelancer must keep working to generate wealth as opposed to creating a working business model that can be operated increasingly without the entrepreneur's day to day involvement and can someday even be sold to another owner without necessarily affecting its value. Is this merely an old fashioned way to view entrepreneurship? I think the community would benefit from an expanded discussion.



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