The Misunderstanding of Freelancing

The Misunderstanding of Freelancing

“That goodness it’s Frida…. no wait, I’m a freelancer” – Anonymous. Whenever a new member joins Freelance Heroes, they’re presented with two questions: 1. Thanks for joining Freelance Heroes; a helpful and supportive community for UK Freelancers. We just need to check a couple of things. First of all, where in the UK are you based? The reason for this question is that Freelance Heroes is a peer support community of UK freelancers. And it’s far easier to provide that support when you can understand the working conditions, marketing tools, taxation responsibilities, etc of those you’re supporting. 2. What kind of freelance work do you do? Again, this is to help us to ensure the group is full of freelancers only, rather than companies trying to sell into the UK freelancing community. This second question create a response that I’d not seen in the previous 3000+ responses, which went “I wouldn’t call myself a Freelancer as that to me signifies no ambition for growth.” Now I hate labels for the sake of them, whether it’s “solopreneur”, “mumpreneur”, or “freelancer”, and who am I to tell people what they should or shouldn’t call themselves? My issue with this response was the way it implies that freelancing = lack of growth mentality. I know several successful people who started life as a freelancer, and have grown to run their own agency. Kelly Molson, former freelancer, and now Founder/CEO of the award-winning digital agency Rubber Cheese, wrote “That’s a ridiculous statement. Paul and I essentially began Rubber Cheese as two freelancers working under the brand.” She added “If even you have no...