Seth’s latest post is all about ownership.
If you want to build a career as a freelancer, or a business as an entrepreneur, it helps to own something. Really valuable public companies are worth so much because of the assets they own and the market position they can defend as they grow. A hard-working but disrespected worker (whether an online freelancer or an actual factory worker) struggles because they’re not seen as owning enough. People have choices, and they often choose to hire and do business with entities that own something that they want to use or leverage.
A big problem with my initial stint as a freelancer was that I walked away from it with very little in terms of ownership. Sure I had skills and knowledge, but so do tonnes of other developers. Looking back, there are a few things I should have owned that could have prolonged my time as a freelancer.
I should have used the time to build a product. By owning a product that helps others, I am creating value that others can see.
I should have marketed myself more. By owning my own freelancing landing page, I am able to share my value to others.
I should have written and published my experiences. In writing about my experiences as a web developer and the problems and solutions I encountered, I’m showing how I own problems and the value others can get from my solutions.
Hindsight is a wonderful thing. It doesn’t change what happened in the past, but it can help change what lies ahead.