If you view the entrepreneur-contractor relationship strictly as that between hirer and hiree, then your view needs some expanding. Beneath the surface, the connection between the two is actually a partnership based on important parallels. We believe that entrepreneurs and Gig Workers share many similar characteristics and understanding those similarities will help foster a successful working partnership.
There’s more than meets the eye, as these key qualities lay the framework for mutually beneficial success and synergy for an effective and powerful relationship.
Grit. Grit is that irreplaceable quality of sheer will. It is the stuff of resilience, persistence and overcoming. Entrepreneurs, independent consultants and freelancers in many ways display the same mettle in successfully riding out waves of ambiguity, tight timeframes and, at times, challenging personalities. This persistence is refined through experience, learning and growth – key shared experiences on both sides of the business owner / gig worker coin.
Passion.Drive. Focus. Tenacity. Resolve. Nerve. Fortitude. These are just some of the qualities commonly ascribed to entrepreneurs, known for their backbone and courage. Pure, unadulterated passion is the key ingredient that propels business builders forward.
And it’s the same spirit that motivates talented professionals who strike out on their own, confident in their skill, expertise and professionalism.
Business Orientation. It’s been suggested that freelancers, consultants and project-based workers generally have a bit more business savvy than the average employee. And this is good for entrepreneurs, who also speak a language of their own.
Independent professionals understand the value of time, can articulate ROI and leverage that knowledge through serious, deliberate focus on their clients’ business-first objectives, without the worries of the typical work world getting in the way.
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