Tuesday, December 9th, 2008 - 10:08am
What are we?
Miles asked to interview me for the book, and I was happy to oblige. In seeing Russ “I like to eat feet” Weakley’s review of the book, he says:
The book also includes interviews with some well-known freelancers such as Derek Featherstone, Mark Boulton, Molly Holzschlag and Stephen Collins.
Now then — I don’t consider myself a freelancer (though I once did, when I first left teaching to go out on my own). The question in my mind though, is “what are we, really?” And by we, I mean my web development and accessibility consultancy company, Further Ahead.
We have employees. We have people that work with us on contract. But I’m having a tough time distinguishing whether or not we are actually a company, or something else — like a “freelancer with a support crew.”
I don’t know if there is any difference, actually. We have all the corporate stuff taken care of — insurance, benefits, the corporation itself, office space. But I’m wondering to myself if there is anything that really says “company” about Further Ahead, or if we are really just seen as “freelancer with other people too.”
Either way, does it really matter?