Are You a Hobbyist, Freelancer, or Business Owner?

Are You a Hobbyist, Freelancer, or Business Owner? How to adjust as your business dreams change.

How did you get started in business? If you’re like me, you didn’t intend on starting a business at all.

On the other hand…

Some of us start off wanting to create a business. Easy!

Other people have a hobby or something they like to do that turns into a business on accident. Whoops!

Or maybe you started getting freelance gigs and it’s turned into it’s own monster.

However you got started, chances are that you currently find yourself in a very different place than you intended (life’s funny like that, eh?)

When was the last time that you took a step back to look at your INTENTION for your business?

Now’s the time! In today’s video I’m going to teach you how to reprogram your mindset to be a BUSINESS OWNER

Grab the Levels of Business Worksheet so you can find out what stage of business you’re currently at (and what you need to do to get to the next level):

Didn’t have time to watch the video? Here’s a summary of the hobbyist, freelancer, and business owner. Which one are you?


There is NOTHING wrong with having a hobby-based business if that’s what you want to do.

You’re a hobbyist if…

  • You started your business as a passion project / for fun / as a creative outlet
  • You aren’t focused on making money
  • You may or may not have products or services for sale
  • You’re not sure how much money your business is making
  • You see your business income as a “plus” to your household income

As you can see, in order to go from “hobbyist” to “business owner” you have to shift to start seeing your hobby as a money making endeavor.


Many entrepreneurs start off as freelancers — it’s one of the best ways to start a side hustle or transition from a 9-5 corporate job to running your own business.

You’re a freelancer if…

  • You are working on a project basis
  • The projects you do are varied and customized to the client
  • You currently write proposals to win projects
  • Sometimes you have to take projects you’d rather not take in order to make money

If you want to transition from freelancer to business owner the trick is to pick a niche and create a signature service. This way you can get known for one thing and have clients coming to YOU (rather than you hunting them down).


You’re a business owner if…

  • You offer clearly defined products and/or services
  • You’ve niched down your business to get known for one thing
  • You’re able to create systems to make your work more streamlined

My goal for you is to work towards creating a business owner’s mindset!