Archive for October, 2012

72 Percent of Freelancers And Consultants Say They’re Entrepreneurs

Wednesday, October 31st, 2012

We train our children to be consultants. We don’t call their careers by that name. We call it a reliable job, security and good pay (or at least we used to). According to Susan L. Reid in Freelancer, Consultant, Entrepreneur: Which Are You?:

“Fields where consultants are especially common include: Financial planning, strategic planning, marketing, research, training, business planning, business review, computing, and integration of new technology, medicine, psychology, and law.”

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I remember my father being particularly happy if I had chosen to be a doctor or a lawyer, either one was fine. But I ended up in business just like him — well sort of. Which brings me to an ongoing question about the difference between freelancers, consultants and entrepreneurs.

In a nutshell, freelancers offer a specific service, consultants offer targeted advice, and entrepreneurs build a sellable and sustainable business. Susan says:

“Fields where freelancing is especially common include: Journalism, writing, copywriting, computer programming, software development, graphic design, film production, landscaping, architecture, translation, fine art, music, and acting.”

In findings from the 2012 Freelance Industry Report, Ed Gandia surveyed 1491 freelancers and 72% of those polled see themselves as entrepreneurs (note that majority of those surveyed fall into the writing, designing and technology skills that Susan mentioned above as well as some of the consulting skills in marketing, business planning to name a few).

At The Root, The Word Entrepreneur Means Undertaking

These are the people that dig into a risk and build out of it something that will last long after they’re gone. When we think of entrepreneurs, traditionally our mind goes to all the physical, brick and mortar businesses that we walk in and out of daily. And that makes sense.

But there are consultants and freelancers who are developing the entrepreneurs mindset. Of course, there is a difference between the ones who think they are entrepreneurs and the ones whose actions back it up. If your business dies when you die, then according to Robert Kiyosaki, author of Rich Dad, Poor Dad, it wasn’t really a business.

Businesses Are Sustainable. Period. 

You don’t have to be brick and mortar and you don’t have to be huge to be sustainable.

Dale Carniege’s literature and training has become an empire. He was an author, a lecturer, and developed training programs. It was the type of business that could easily fall into the freelance or consultant categories.  But if it’s sustainable and sellable, then it’s a business.

In fact, Carnegie writes me every week and he’s been gone since 1955 (long before I was born). His voice, his take on things, has become a training empire in it’s own right.

So my question is not new, but I keep asking it because we do have to decide at some point about what we’re building.

What Happens To The “Business” After You’re Gone? 

A wise entrepreneur makes that decision now. He doesn’t leave it to his widow to figure out.

And personally, I think the strategy work is tougher than the daily grind of running your business. Because you have to create something that others can help you deliver.

You have to establish a system, but I won’t get on that soap box again. At least not today.

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Bulgaria’s Dimitrov Defeated by Monaco in Paris

Wednesday, October 31st, 2012

Bulgaria’s Grigor Dimitrov is out of the Paris Masters tournament after a straight-set second round defeat against world No. 10 Juan Monaco.

Monaco  edged a close first set on a tiebreak, before sealing his passage through to the last-16 with a 7-6 6-2 victory.

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Bulgarian President Appoints Chief Prosecutor as Constitutional Judge

Wednesday, October 31st, 2012

Bulgarian President, Rosen Plevneliev, issued Wednesday a decree for the appointment of outgoing Chief Prosecutor, Boris Velchev, as constitutional judge.

Velchev was nominated for the post by Plevneliev on October 20, 2012, and must take the oath of office within one week after the appointment.

Velchev’s 7-year term in office as Chief Prosecutor began in 2006….

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Bulgarian MPs Snub Motion to Remove Sofia’s Tsar Liberator Monument

Wednesday, October 31st, 2012

Bulgaria’s Parliament has rejected a proposal by a right-wing MP demanding the removal of the Monument of Tsar Liberator – Russian Emperor Alexander II – from the National Assembly Square in downtown Sofia.

The Monument of Tsar Liberator – Russian Emperor Alexander II (1818-1881, r. 1855-1881), who is known as Tsar Liberator both for liberating Bulgaria from the Ottoman Turkish Empire in the Liberation War of 1877-1878, and for freeing the Russian serfs in 1861 – is one of the major landmarks of the Bulgarian capital Sofia.

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Macedonia Not Ready for EU, Bulgarian President Tells EC

Wednesday, October 31st, 2012

The Republic of Macedonia is not ready to join the European Union, Bulgarian President Rosen Plevneliev has told EU Enlargement Commissioner Stefan Fuele.

Plevneliev and Fuele, who met in Sofia Wednesday, technically failed to agree on Macedonia’s readiness for EU accession.

While the EU Enlargement Commissioner Fuele said Macedonia had been waiting for too long to get admitted to talks for EU membership, Bulgaria’s President has stressed that the Macedonian authorities are engaged in anti-Bulgarian hate language and measures affecting Macedonians with Bulgarian self-consciousness, who are also Bulgarian citizens.

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Socialists Give Bulgarian PM Pumpkin-carved Halloween Portrait

Wednesday, October 31st, 2012

The youth branch of Bulgaria’s opposition left-wing Socialist Party, BSP, presented Wednesday as a gift to Prime Minister Boyko Borisov a Halloween pumpkin with his portrait carved on it.

Scores of them and older BSP members gathered near the Council of Ministers building in downtown Sofia before the Cabinet’s meeting to bestow officially the gift, BSP reported.

Borisov and none of his Ministers came out to receive the pumpkin, which the young Socialists say symbolizes the rule of the PM’s Citizens for European Development of Bulgaria party, GERB – an empty pumpkin with their leader’s image.

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Bulgaria Schedules N-Plant Referendum for January 27 2013

Wednesday, October 31st, 2012

Bulgarian President Rosen Plevneliev has scheduled the country’s nuclear power plant referendum for January 27, 2013.

The referendum was initially triggered by the oppositional Bulgarian Socialist Party’s desire to revive the abandoned Belene nuclear power plant project.

The pro-Belene party launched a petition for a referendum on the Russian-Bulgarian project’s fate after the ruling centrist-right GERB scrapped the project in March….

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Romanian-Bulgarian Gas Link to Be Ready in 2013, Romania Says

Wednesday, October 31st, 2012

The gas interconnector link between Romania and Bulgaria will be fully functional in the second half of 2013, Romanian Deputy Economy Minister Rodin Traicu has announced.

Traicu has told ITAR-TASS that the gas link will be incorporated in the Nabucco gas pipeline project and would play a crucial role in securing the energy safety of Romania and Bulgaria.

Romanian and Bulgarian officials have agreed to speed up the construction of the interconnector, he has stated.

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EC Warns Bulgaria about Interim Report over Judicial Election

Wednesday, October 31st, 2012

The European Commission announced Wednesday that Bulgaria might face an interim report on justice and home affairs in case “the situation requires it.”

The warning was issued in the aftermath of new judicial appointments in Bulgaria and was stated by Olivier Bailly, spokesperson of EC.

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EC Threatens Bulgaria with Interim Report over Judicial Appointments

Wednesday, October 31st, 2012

The European Commission announced Wednesday that Bulgaria might face an interim report on justice and home affairs in case “the situation requires it.”

The warning was issued in the aftermath of new judicial appointments in Bulgaria and was stated by Olivier Bailly, spokesperson of EC.

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