Building your small business of one

Being a freelancer may seem worlds away from being a small business owner, but the truth is, they are two peas in a pod.

Sure, writing an article for an online publication at a per-word rate may feel very different from opening your own restaurant. The truth is, though, when you break it down, most freelancers operate as a tiny business with just one crucial employee — themselves.

With that entrepreneurial connection in mind, here are a few unique lessons that apply to both freelancers and their small business counterparts.

Always Be Learning

All professionals must maintain a growth mindset in the ever-evolving modern world. This is a lesson that business owners and entrepreneurs use to maintain cutting-edge knowledge of their industry and business operations. This allows them to not just survive, but thrive as they stand out against the competition.

For a freelancer with literally thousands of competitors in nearly every field, the importance of continuing education cannot be overstated. It doesn’t matter if you’re learning about a new collaborative tech platform, researching a recent case study in your niche, or following an industry authority to help you adapt and thrive during changes — learning new things is always important for success.

One of the

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