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Over at weblog Freelance Switch, Gina Trapani discusses crafting a personal business model—that is, an ideal vision of what you want to get from the work you do.
Gina’s post comes from the perspective of someone who’s made a move to a mostly freelance career after years at the helm of Lifehacker, but the basic idea behind the personal business model, as she describes it, applies to anyone, and it’s about finding satisfaction in the work you’re doing.
Traditionally a business model is a company’s plan to generate revenue. While I do plan to make money as a freelancer, my ultimate goal is to generate satisfaction. (While money is a part of that, so is learning, service, and creativity, so we’ll just use the umbrella term “satisfaction.”)
Gina’s ideal path to work satisfaction looks something like the pie chart in the screenshot, amounting to equal parts learning, love, and money with a dash of the necessary admin work (head over to Freelance Switch for more details), but it got us wondering: What’s your personal business model look like? We talk a lot about getting things done at Lifehacker, but what aspects of your work actually make it worthwhile—and what would make it better?