Remember my Be Free, Lance column that I started over at Studio Sweet Studio? While they were generous to host everything the past several months, I knew it was time to move my posts over to my own blog, especially since I’ll be leading a workshop on this sort of thing. You can find the posts right here from now on. Plus, I’m just so excited to get back into the swing of things after taking a month or so off from sharing new tips + tricks.
I don’t know about you, but when I first started freelancing and would tell others about what I did … I got a LOT of blank stares. This question quickly creeped up : Is freelancing a bad word?? The short and confusing answer is yes and no, but I’ll dig a little deeper.
When I’m talking to fellow web + graphic designers, there’s a level of understanding in what we do, especially when it comes to freelancing. However, when someone outside of my field ( IE: friends, family, strangers ) begins to inquire about my job, their response is quite different. It goes a little something like this : “What do you do for a living?” – “I’m a freelance designer.” – “Ohhh.” To the average joe, the word freelancing is sometimes associated with someone who doesn’t work much or simply can’t get a job. Although not everyone thinks this, it’s the sad cliche some believe to be true.
So, I tested my theory out. Instead of telling people I was a freelance designer when they asked about my job, I told them I started my own business. Same job, different wording, right?? Right. And guess what … the responses I got took a complete 360. Eyes would brighten and a slew of questions would follow verses awkward silence.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m completely proud of being a freelance designer – and I’m a firm believer that there’s nothing wrong in being self-employed. I just choose my words carefully now depending on who I’m speaking to. You have to remember that not everyone is as knowledgeable of the design world as you may be.