14 responses to “The 4 iconic types of freelancers”

  1. Carrie Schmeck

    #s 4, 2 and 1–all at once! with experience in #3 (I couldn’t juggle either. I’m kind of an all or nothing type, I guess.)

    Question: Why did you decide to move from trades to newspapers? Were you bored? Not getting paid enough?

    Also, where in Sweden did you live? We visited Stockholm a few years ago and absolutely fell in love with the area (granted, it was end of summer so still light and breezy).

    Thanks for sharing your journey.

  2. Paula

    I’m a lifer. Have been since college.

    Why? My dad was a graphic artist who’d been laid off, forcing him to go freelance, and he was happier (and slightly better paid) than he ever was as an in-house graphic artist. He encouraged me to try freelancing for two years after graduation, and I’ve been freelancing ever since.

  3. Paula

    We’re both from entrepreneurial families, Michelle!

    On my mom’s side, my grandfather (who died long before I was born) co-owned a car dealership, a trailer grove catering to GIs after WW2, and even a farmette where he experimented with raising and selling agricultural products. My grandma helped in most of his endeavors; she was from a long line of Swedish farmers so she appreciated the work ethic involved in entrepreneurship.

  4. Van Waffle

    Lifer. I’ve only just begun, but having exhausted all the other options, I must try what I have always wanted to do or end up disappointed. I never liked anyone else calling the shots. I’m not good at dividing my concentration, so writing on the side has not worked. I’m happiest in my own space with control over how I spend my time, and it flies quickly when I’m excited about an idea. Sometimes my words feel powerful. Nothing else makes me this happy.

  5. Chris Hutton

    Hoping to be a #4. Freelancer-for-life!!

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  7. Heather@Creative Family Moments

    I’ve been the first 3 but really hoping to transition to number 4 soon! Really enjoyed this.

  8. Cheryl Wright

    A Lifer and loving it.