Cameron Moll goes freelance
May 17, 2005 at 1:27 PM
Since the news of Andy Budd, Kris Krug, Jason Santa Maria, Jason Kottke, Greg Storey and myself all going freelancing it seems that Cameron Moll wanted to get in on the action too. We decided he is cool enough, so we let him run with it. My hats off to Cameron, this is a long since over-due change.
This is something I've been thinking seriously about too. One thing I'd like to ask folks is: should one set up a company (of one), or just market yourself as an independent / freelance?? Anyone have any thoughts / recommendations?
I have considered launching a new site and all of that for my business as well. I don't know if it's needed in the web presence since... but techically, you'll need to at least register as a sole proprietorship. Or at least a LLC... otherwise if you take a hit, well, so does your wife and family... not that they wouldn't get the after effects of it, but there is much more protection that way. All said and done, ask a business lawyer or attorney.
I've spent the last four and half years freelancing and just this month I've decided to be done with it for a while. Looking forward to working in a (small) team again and having somewhere to go work other than home and Starbucks. So hey, if any of you soon-to-be freelancers are giving up full-time jobs in the Portland area (or greater PacNW) feel free to pass them my way. Richard — I believe the better route is setting up a proper company even if it's just one person as is mine. Incorporating etc can make a lot of financial sense if you work it out properly.
Thanks Nick, Joseph. I will set up a company. I was more wanting to know whether people feel it's necessary to market oneself as a company - e.g. ReadWrite Ltd, rather than just plain old "Richard MacManus for hire". From what I've seen of Nick and Cameron's site, it's fine to market yourself as an independent freelancer, rather than as a 1-person company. Still keen to hear other feedback, so I'll check back here again later :-)