Contract? Freelance? Consultant? Read Between the Lines

Like many people of my generation (“X”), I’ve held a lot of jobs and worked a lot of gigs. The way that various terms are used to describe non-employee work get distorted, in my opinion – usually to the disadvantage of the worker.

How I see it: the words aren’t important; watch out for the terms of engagement.
- Will you be handed independent tasks to complete, or will you be expected to participate in team processes?
- Are you measured in terms of results or activities?
- Do you answer to someone who acts like your boss, or is your contact more like a customer/peer?

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