Staff, Freelance or Entrepreneur?

Is it better to be on staff, freelance, or entrepreneur?

Conventional wisdom tells us that if we go to school, pursue a degree, and graduate in a certain amount of time, the job we’ve had our eyes on would come to us right after graduation. If we follow steps A, B, and C, then we’ll get the results we want.

Many people in the creative field seem to break from what’s conventional. In an industry like this, people from all walks of life come to land on what they love. But how do you succeed at that? How do you know if you’re on the right path?

Creative Director Mathew Encina joins us on the podcast today to dive into the pros and cons of being a freelancer, on staff, or being an entrepreneur. He shares his experience in the field and how you can grow within the industry.

We’ll start things off by saying there is no wrong way to work, and there’s no wrong way to get there. No matter what you choose—be it freelance, employee, or business owner—mentors and people to look up to will always be around. They’ll either be in the same place as you, or you’ll just have to go out and find them.

The thing to take note of and ask yourself is: how much time and energy do you want to commit? We could go on and on about the benefits and flaws of the three different styles of work we mentioned, but only you will know what’s best for you. Because only you know how you like to work.

Regardless of how you find yourself entering this industry, what matters is how you stay in it and make it work for you. Degree or no degree, W2 or W9, the choice is up to you. But if you do want to hear the perspectives of freelancers, employees, or entrepreneurs, tune into this episode to learn more.