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So, I just came across this line in a Craig's List post:
"This is a non paying job, I am not
getting paid either. Strictly
Clearly this person seems to think that freelance = free. It got me thinking, perhaps we ought to take the word 'free' out. It seems only to encourage those who are reticent about paying for work in the first place. Is there a better term for someone who doesn't work for anyone in particular?
IMHO theres nothing wrong with the term freelance - no need to change behaviour because of some linguistically challenged person with a hobbyist/personal project on a craigslist somewhere... I see the term freelance meaning FREE to do the work that you want, without an obligation to a facility or a boss etc. Freelance is a very common term in many fields of employment, not just film/sound etc...
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Hmm. I don't know. Freelance has been used for such a long time.
I can't really think of a better name that wouldn't be an equal misnomer.
Freelance is a term that is used in many, many languages - an anglicism that is internationally recognised. And many different professions around the globe use this term. It's just a shame that someone has seen the free in freelance and got a bit confused. Actually it's quite funny!