Hi Amber. This is an interesting take on the stages some people may go through to obtain freedom in their career. But it goes with the assumption that you cannot get enough satisfaction from working for clients. I find client work really rewarding because it’s a new interesting challenge with each job.
I’m always thinking about ways to earn different kinds of money. Whether that’s passive income, productizing something, selling subscriptions or memberships to something. But even if/when I do that I don’t think I’ll ever completely give up freelancing for clients. If I won the lottery and didn’t have a work another day in my life, I’d probably still continue some kind of freelance design work.
But I take your point. Every person and every business naturally wants to grow. And how to you grow past freelancing? You do it by starting to do more work for yourself (your own product or service) and less work for clients.