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I had a blast with Katy Tynan from! Katy had a background in consulting before entering the world of freelancing. The change in lifestyle was a welcome one for Katy, but she has experienced certain challenges when defining her job title.

I’m sure you’ve all been there: you’re at a party or a networking event. You’re in a group of people talking and the inevitable question arises:

“So, what do you do?”

You pause while you read the room and decide just which answer to give.

What do you say? What are your reactions if/when you tell people you are a freelancer? Join the Conversation.

Show Notes

We discuss the following topics/themes in this episode:

  • Going from consultant to freelancer
  • Why does the term ‘freelancer’ get a bad rap?
  • The “quiet assumption” or even stigma of freelancing
  • Being a girl in IT
  • Free Agent FTW
  • Amanda Palmer’s TED talk
  • How going to public school can make you scrappy and resourceful and learn how to be self-sufficient
  • How being a free agent automatically makes you a role model
  • Tiny houses
  • Planning your life around a big life goal instead of conforming to expectations
  • Designing your life
  • Collaboration vs competition

Katy’s Links

Read Katy’s article “Please Don’t Call me a Freelancer” in New Worker Magazine

Get Katy’s Book Free Agent: The Independent Professional’s Roadmap to Self-Employment Success

Visit Katy’s website

On Twitter @katytynan

On Google+

On LinkedIn


Music: The Naked Freelancer Theme is by Ransom Rath. Listen to the full version here.

All of my podcasts are recorded and edited on my kick-ass Microsoft Surface Pro 3. Visit my tools and equipment page to find out more about what I use for my podcast and my website!


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