That’s one question that came up amongst the many comments in one of our most popular posts, “Too Old To Be A Designer?”
Veteran designer, Jeff Fisher, wrote:
“Freelancer”can convey a psychological thing to potential clients that a designer is willing to work ‘free’ or too cheap……is not skilled enough to get a ‘real’ job, or is simply working ‘freelance’ until the right job comes along.” I think this has been even more so with designers of “our age” who have been laid off in the economy of recent years. Those opting to work independently often put the “freelancer” label on themselves; rather than translating the years of experience and skillset into the more impressive position of “design firm owner.”
What do you think? Is the word “freelancer” negative? Is it appropriate for all of us? Do you call yourself as a “freelancer” or something else? And what how do your clients perceive you?