The answer to this question isn’t all that tricky – in short, it’s No. I’m not a freelance writer. I’m a professional writer with a professional writing business in Portland. Why the distinction? Let me tell you.
Mainly it comes from the term “freelance” itself. Anyone know where it comes from? Yes, you with the hair and your hand up – go ahead, stand and speak freely.
That’s right – the word “freelance,” according to dictionary.com, refers to the following:
- A person who sells services to employers without a long-term commitment to any of them.
- An uncommitted independent, as in politics or social life.
- A medieval mercenary.
While the idea of having been a medieval mercenary in a previous life seems strangely intriguing, as if I’ve walked that line before, here in this version of reality, I don’t want to be any of those three things.
Even as an independent sole proprietor or contractor, you still need to be committed to your clients, both during the project and afterwards – especially afterwards. Clients want to know that you’re there to continue to provide consulting and insight, and want to know that, when they’re in their own deep dark place, they can call on you to shed a little light when needed. It’s a good business tactic, but most importantly, it’s a good human tactic.
Feel free to bounce your thoughts my way.