Proposal: Self Employed and Freelance Workers

How will Self Employed and Freelance Workers be any different than OnStartups? Right now, OnStartups is about doing your own thing by starting / running your own business (freelancing).

What avenue is Self Employed and Freelance Workers going to take to separate itself from this similarity?

(Closely related: What does Freelance Workers address that can't be handled by OnStartups?)

Upon seeing this question, I feel as if there was a point made. The original Freelance SE site (Freelance Workers) didn't last all that long. I believe the point made was that OnStartups and this Freelance proposal are too closely related. If you are starting your own business, you're self-employing. As for Freelance, they technically are entrepreneurs because they are forging their own path in whatever line of work they choose.

If someone disagrees, please feel free to correct me when and where needed. However, I do not feel like I'm out of line.

  • I think it's very clear that, as a self-employed freelancer of 7 years, there are questions I can ask here that would not be relevant on OnStartups. Mar 3, 2013 at 16:50

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Startup and freelance are clearly two different domains. Startup sounds to be more inclined towards a company, whereas freelance is a really small number of member team (probably 1) job.

Longterm freelancing of huge project might turn into a startup. But I guess, startup would have another big domain of questions referring investments, hiring, accounts, marketing, tax, legal problems and many more.

So, startups and freelancing doesn't seem same to me.

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    I think of it as that you can work for a startup and you can work as a freelancer. You can work for a startup as a permanent employee and you can freelance for an established organisation. The two can be synonymous but they aren't the same. I've been freelance for 4 years and am now involved in a startup as well but to my mind there are clear differences in the questions I would direct to each site.
    – levelnis
    Mar 4, 2013 at 11:33
  • OnStartups scope requires to form a company, while freelancing is also possible on civil contract basis between company and private person (at least in some countries). OnStartups also has, at least for me, hidden agenda of hiring people after the 'startup' phase ends. Being freelance is somehow a permanent startup phase, without intent of starting something up. May 12, 2013 at 12:06

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