Let’s not call moonlighters freelancers
A few days ago, I read two blog posts on the same day about how “freelancing” can help you overcome your temporary money problems.
It seems many people are confusing freelancing with moonlighting.
If you work extra beside your regular job, that’s moonlighting. You’re trying to earn something in addition to your usual income.
If you’re freelancing, on the other hand, you’re an entrepreneur—a solo professional—selling your services on a commercial basis to clients. Believe me, it’s a totally different story from doing the occasional job on the side. You’re trying to put food on your and your family’s table.
A freelancer is a one-person company. Responsible for everything a “real” company is (yeah, the one that pays your salary). Marketing, sales, operations, payroll, taxes, strategy, forward planning, you name it. That’s a big load to carry for one individual. Freelancers live or die by the income they are able to generate through their own work input.
So let’s not hear anyone talk about freelancing any more when they just mean “a little on the side”.