August 26, 2008
- A person who sells services to employers without a long-term commitment to any of them.
- An uncommitted independent, as in politics or social life.
- A medieval mercenary.
A freelance is a medieval mercenary? As in, a soldier who fights in a foreign army, motivated solely by a desire for money? So THAT explains the email I got last week from the Hessians …
When it comes to freelance writing, I do not consider myself a “medieval mercenary.” Sure, I am a soldier in the army of good copy, fighting the evils of the dangling participle and run-on sentence. Protecting the world from unnecessary capitals and misplaced semicolons.
But I’m not motivated solely by a desire for money. Of course, money is important, and SmithWriting aims to make a lot of it. However, I would never take a job that I am ethically opposed to (sorry, National Crack Dealers Association), no matter how high the pay. Nor would I take any money that I did not earn fairly and honestly.
What motivates me is the sense of pride and accomplishment that comes with writing clear and informative copy for clients I respect. Whether I’m working on an ad, a marketing brochure, or a Web site, I’m inspired to write it well to satisfy my clients and keep them coming back for more.
What about you freelances out there? What motivates you? What army do you fight for?