How Entrepreneurial Professionalism Holds Power in Today’s Economy
Today’s working world looks much different than that of your parents and grandparents. It’s not uncommon for people to become online entrepreneurs and never even meet the people they deal with each day in person.
Unfortunately, this increases the risk of becoming self-centered in business and not acting with as much professionalism as you would in a different type of job. The good news is that it’s not inevitable for you to become inwardly focused as long as you remain committed to professional behavior.
What is Entrepreneurial Professionalism and Why Does It Matter?
Professionalism is defined the same whether you work 100 percent online or mostly among other people. It means that you act in such a way that shows respect and appreciation for those you work with as well as those you serve as clients and customers. You don’t assume a level of casualness that you haven’t earned.
According to those who study labor trends in the United States, nearly 40 percent of the working population may work as a freelancer by next year. This includes those who make a full-time living as a freelancer a well as people who supplement their income from an employer by taking on freelance jobs. This is exciting news for those who desire to have greater control of their own destiny. However, it comes with the responsibility to maintain professionalism by committing to the following:
- Keeping your word about completing a project on time.
- Respecting your own time enough not to overschedule yourself and charging what you know you’re worth. This also means respecting others’ time by showing up punctually for meetings.
- Remain composed under pressure and take responsibility for your own mistakes.
- Guard your reputation fiercely by delivering timely, above-standard work and always maintaining professionalism with every encounter.
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