What is a Freelance?

First, is it freelance or freelancer? Well, either! But freelance may be a verb, adjective, noun or adverb. Freelancer is only a noun, poor thing!

So whether you are a copy-editor or proofreader you may call yourself a freelance or a freelancer.

freelance for hireWord Origin

Well, if  you are setting out to be a freelance copy-editor or proofreader you have a noble ancestry. In medieval times fighting men were hired. Some would have owed allegiance to a lord, but others were free to sell their services: they were free lances. The pen may be mightier than the sword or the lance and swords may be beaten into ploughshares but we should not forget our ancestry!


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Richard is a director of Chapterhouse. His lifelong love of books led him from the law to publishing. His favourite animal is the rhinoceros and his favourite modern play is Jerusalem. Strangely, perhaps, he is fanatical about football and modern novels.