Do you have a job title?

Freelance writer. It does have a certain ring to it, doesn’t it? There are a few drawbacks to putting it on your business cards, though. It’s a very general job title: a writer could be working on articles, SEO optimization, writing marketing copy, or a whole list of other things.

I spent a few minutes trying to think up more specific job titles and came up with this list. Feel free to add to it in the comments:

  • Copy writer
  • Journalist
  • Blogger
  • Corporate Communications Specialist
  • Publications Specialist
  • Editor
  • Proofreader
  • Writing Consultant
  • Writing Coach
  • Stringer
  • Newsletter writer
  • Staff Writer
  • Technical Writer
  • Playwright
  • Novelist

Personally, I’ve used different job titles when talking to different people. If I’m trying to land a client who needs press releases written, I’ll focus on that. If I’m trying to query for a magazine, I’ll describe myself as a journalist.

What does your business card say?

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  1. thursday   •     Author

    I envy your title. 🙂 But it just goes to show how many new job titles the internet has created.

  2. Laurie   •  

    Back when I was an accountant, it said, “Bean Counter Extraordinaire”!

    Now I’m dull and boring with “Freelance Writer”. People here don’t get my sense of humour, so I have to keep it simple. 🙂

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