One question that comes up often on this blog is what exactly is meant by the term, “freelancer” and is it negative?
Here’s another to add: are you still a freelancer if you’re hiring people to help, whether full-time or part time?
I ask because I got the message below from Theresa Previ of Brooklyn, NY-based Treemarie. She attended last year’s CFC and wrote to me last week to tell me about her progress and why she’s coming back again this year:
I’m looking forward to CFC in San Francisco. My goal is to gain more focus this year. Things are going full speed ahead and sometimes I feel like I’ve barely got my head above water. That’s good, right? 😉
A couple of seeds I planted in the past year have started to grow and contracts have flown in, my biggest being Adobe right now. I’ve hired one full-time designer and a part designer and writer to work on some contracts that I’m managing because I’m already on a full-time contract myself.
Although I’m happy with that, I wish I had more time to focus on some fun branding stuff with Treemarie, including making some promotional items for some of my clients. All that will come.
I’m also moving into a green-desk (http://www.green-desk.com/) on the 22nd. I’ve realized I need to get out of my house and when I walked into this place in Williamsburg I just loved the energy. It’s packed with small businesses and fresh entrepreneurs and I have a good feeling about placing myself in the middle of people I can build relationships with and provide design services to.
It’s a strategy that just sort of worked out organically and I’ll keep you posted on whether it was a good one or not.