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Seth Godin On Success For Creative Freelancers

Seth Godin on the Art of Noticing

How can being a freelancer work out for creative people?

One article notes that creative freelancers “include web designers, copywriters, programmers and photographers.

“As a freelancer, you’re not an entrepreneur. But you do have your own business, and many of the advantages that come alongside being your own boss.”

The article quotes Seth Godin: “Freelancers get paid for their work. If you’re a freelancer copywriter, you get paid when you work. Entrepreneurs use other people’s money to build a business bigger than themselves so that they can get paid when they sleep.”

From article: Entrepreneur or Freelancer – What’s the Difference? by David Masters.

cartoon by Hugh MacLeod - Only talented people fret about mediocrityIn his article Freelancer: 10 Questions with Seth Godin, cartoonist Hugh MacLeod asks Godin about the old notion that “Freelancer” was “mostly considered a second class citizen” – Godin nicely refutes that prejudice:

“Think about the people who are truly great. The programmer who can save you months.

“The cartoonist who draws life-changing images on the backs of business cards. The guitar player who can sit in on a recording session and change everything…

“These people are first class. They’re in charge. Top of their game. The best of the best.

“That’s the freelancer each of us is capable of being.”


A profile on the site of Seth Godin’s Freelancer Course notes he is “an entrepreneur, best-selling author, and speaker who knows what it takes to succeed in business and to be your own boss.

“In addition to launching one of the most popular blogs in the world, he has written 18 best-selling books, including The Dip, Linchpin, Purple Cow, Tribes, and What To Do When It’s Your Turn (And It’s Always Your Turn).

“Though renowned for his writing and speaking, Seth also founded two companies, Squidoo and Yoyodyne (acquired by Yahoo!). This real-world entrepreneurial experience is what makes him the ideal teacher for those who wish to forge their own career path.”

One of many Seth Godin books: “Poke the Box: When Was the Last Time You Did Something for the First Time?” – a summary notes: “Our economy is not static, but we act as if it is. Your position in the world is defined by what you instigate, how you provoke, and what you learn from the events you cause.”

Here is a short video clip from his popular course:

Godin says, “I’ve been a freelancer off and on for 30 years.

“Like you, I love the freedom of being able to do work that I’m proud of, and like you I’ve been frustrated at times because I can’t figure out how to do it enough, at the level that I want to do it.

“Now after 30 years I’ve put together this course for you, about you – about how a freelancer can work her way up the ladder from a mechanical turk, a cog in the system, someone who just gets what they get, and does what they’re told – all the way up the ladder to a non-generic, unique, remarkable individual, who has the leverage and the freedom to make a ruckus.”

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Seth Godin On Success For Creative Freelancers

Douglas Eby

Douglas EbyDouglas Eby, MA/Psychology, is a writer and researcher on psychology and personal development related to creativity; creator of the , and author of books including [link to book site with excerpts.]
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Eby, D. (2017). Seth Godin On Success For Creative Freelancers. Psych Central. Retrieved on July 14, 2020, from


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